A Very Strange Trip

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Selected to transport the first prototype time machine to the Experimental Weapons Battalion in Denver, Colorado, driver Everett Dumphee gets sidetracked when the machine activates and sends him on the ultimate off-road adventure in early and prehistoric America.

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L. Ron Hubbard, New York Times bestselling author, has been acclaimed as one of the most widely read and influential authors of the twentieth century. His phenomenal writing career spanned over 50 years. During that time he wrote and published over 260 works of fiction in such genres as science fiction, fantasy, western, mystery, detective and adventure - including his multiple award-winning "Battlefield Earth", his magnum opus, the "Mission Earth" series, and such seminal works as "Fear" and "Final Blackout." Over 120 million copies of Mr. Hubbard's works have been sold world wide.

Dave Wolverton is a New York Times bestselling author and seven-time editor of the "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future" anthology series. His first novel won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award and his book, "Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia" was one of the biggest hardcover fiction bestsellers of 1994.

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This novelization by Wolverton of L. Ron Hubbard's unpublished screenplay is the late Hubbard's first published sf in almost ten years. The protagonist, the Appalachian-bred Everett Dumphee, joins the Army to avoid being sent to prison for unwittingly transporting moonshine. His skills earn him the assignment of driving a bumbling, inept lieutenant and a stolen Russian time machine to an Army research facility in Denver. The time machine is accidentally activated during the trip, and the two soldiers are transported to a variety of places, including a fort under attack by Indians in 1870, a Mayan city, and the Ice Age. Wolverton's story dredges up every imaginable clich? about Appalachia, the Army, and Native Americans. The novel and its recording have a campy, farcical quality and slapstick sense of humor that do not do justice to either Hubbard's or Wolverton's earlier works. The abridged multicast recording moves too quickly, and the odd country-rock music played at intervals grates on the reader's nerves almost as much as Dumphee's fake West Virginia accent. While the sound effects (e.g., rain, crowds, windshield wipers) and actor Jason Beghe's third-person narration are compelling, the voices of the remainder of the cast sound as though they are coming from the bottom of a particularly deep ocean located about 30 yards to the left of the microphone. Overall, the recording sounds like a bad old-fashioned radio production of a cheesy 1950s B movie. Not recommended.
-Leah Sparks, Bowie P.L., MD
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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