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Book by Vance, Jack
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The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel--a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Each of the five gold bands of the title contains a cryptic clue to the whereabouts of a hidden part. Amply displayed here are the young Vance's cardinal virtues, along with the usual flaws: a lively assortment of alien beings, a variety of exotic settings, strong characters, a narrative set forth with rare energy, color, pace, and style--not to mention the formulaic plot, strained motivations, and perfunctory resolution. Entertaining but by no means essential. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description DAW, 1980. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0879975180
Book Description DAW, 1980. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110879975180
Book Description DAW. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0879975180 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1421501