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The Misplaced Battleship

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By: (1925-)

"It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship ... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship—in the wrong hands!—can be most dangerous." The world class con man and thief known as the Stainless Steel Rat (diGriz) has another very big problem to solve and this science fiction novella by the great Harry Harrison will see if he can solve it and perhaps four or five more like it before this fascinating and funny tale is finished. 'Use a thief to catch a thief' sounds great but it sometimes has unexpected results.

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THE MISPLACED BATTLESHIP

By HARRY HARRISON

It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship ... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship in the wrong hands! can be most dangerous.

Illustrated by Schoenherr

When it comes to picking locks and cracking safes I admit to no master. The door to Inskipp's private quarters had an old fashioned tumbler drum that was easier to pick than my teeth. I must have gone through that door without breaking step. Quiet as I was though, Inskipp still heard me. The light came on and there he was sitting up in bed pointing a .75 caliber recoilless at my sternum.

"You should have more brains than that, diGriz," he snarled. "Creeping into my room at night! You could have been shot."

"No I couldn't," I told him, as he stowed the cannon back under his pillow. "A man with a curiosity bump as big as yours will always talk first and shoot later. And besides none of this pussyfooting around in the dark would be necessary if your screen was open and I could have got a call through... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 30, 2014
Subject: the missing battleship
Phil obviously enjoyed reading this one. An enjoyable romp. Not overly long and best of all no romantic interest until the last possible moment.


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