Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads

The Planetoid of Peril   By: (1899-1985)

Book cover

The Planetoid of Peril by Paul Ernst is an action-packed and thrilling science fiction novel that takes readers on an extraordinary journey through space and time. From its very beginning, the book grips readers with its intriguing premise and never lets go until the final page.

The story revolves around a group of courageous and resourceful explorers who find themselves stranded on a mysterious and treacherous planetoid. This celestial body, known as the Planetoid of Peril, poses numerous dangers, including deadly creatures, volatile terrain, and strange phenomena. As the protagonists navigate this hazardous environment, they uncover secrets and encounter mind-bending challenges that push them to their limits.

Paul Ernst skillfully creates a vivid and immersive world within the Planetoid of Peril, meticulously describing its diverse and often hostile landscapes. Every detail is conveyed with such precision that readers can easily picture themselves amidst the action and feel the characters' adrenaline-pumping experiences. The author's ability to craft intricate and suspenseful sequences not only keeps readers on the edge of their seats but also showcases his expertise in the science fiction genre.

Moreover, the characters in this novel are multi-dimensional and relatable, each having their own distinct personalities and unique motivations for embarking on this perilous mission. They face constant danger, testing their resolve, friendships, and even their understanding of the universe. This adds depth to the story, making the characters more than just vessels for the plot but individuals readers genuinely care about.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its integration of thought-provoking themes. Throughout the narrative, Ernst delves into existential questions about the nature of reality, the consequences of human curiosity, and the limitations of scientific knowledge. By intertwining these philosophical elements, the story not only entertains but also stimulates readers' minds, inviting them to ponder the unknown and question their own perceptions of the world.

Despite its many strengths, The Planetoid of Peril does have a few minor flaws. Some readers may find the pacing uneven, with moments of intense action occasionally interrupted by slower, more introspective passages. Additionally, while the book's ending satisfactorily concludes the immediate story, it leaves room for further exploration, suggesting a potential sequel. This open-endedness might frustrate readers seeking a complete resolution.

In conclusion, The Planetoid of Peril is an enthralling science fiction novel that captivates readers with its imaginative world-building, intriguing plot, and well-developed characters. Paul Ernst's writing effortlessly transports readers into a realm filled with danger, excitement, and philosophical musings. Despite some pacing issues and an ambiguous ending, this book is a must-read for fans of the genre, delivering an exhilarating adventure from beginning to end.

First Page:

The Planetoid of Peril

By Paul Ernst

[Transcriber' Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Stories November 1931. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Illustration: He pointed it at the incredible body. ]

Undaunted by crazy tales of an indestructible presence on Asteroid Z 40, Harley 2Q14N20 sets out alone to face and master it.

Harley 2Q14N20 stopped for a moment outside the great dome of the Celestial Developments Company. Moodily he stared at their asteroid development chart. It showed, as was to be expected, the pick of the latest asteroid subdivision projects: the Celestial Developments Company, established far back in 2045, would handle none but the very best. Small chance of his finding anything here!

However, as he gazed at the chart, hope came suddenly to his face, and his heart beat high under his sapphire blue tunic. There was an asteroid left for sale there one blank space among the myriad, pink lettered Sold symbols. Could it be that here was the chance he had been hunting so desperately?

He bent closer, to read the description of the sphere, and the hope faded gradually from his countenance. According to its orbit and location, and the spectroscopic table of its mineral resources, it was a choice planetoid indeed... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books