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Sense of Obligation   By: (1925-)

Sense of Obligation by Harry Harrison

Sense of Obligation by Harry Harrison is a riveting science fiction novel that takes readers on an exciting journey into a relentless and dystopian future. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, the author skillfully crafts a compelling narrative that captivates from the very first page.

The story follows John Evans, a resilient and resourceful protagonist who finds himself caught in a web of conspiracies and deceit. As a member of the Resistance, a secret organization fighting against the oppressive regime controlling society, Evans must navigate a treacherous landscape filled with danger and uncertainty. Harrison's portrayal of Evans is both likable and relatable, allowing readers to easily empathize with his struggles and triumphs throughout the book.

What sets Sense of Obligation apart from other dystopian novels is its underlying themes of morality, duty, and sacrifice. Harrison delves into complex ethical questions and explores the lengths one must go to fight for what they believe in. The author skillfully weaves these thought-provoking concepts into the storyline, leaving readers pondering the blurred lines between right and wrong long after finishing the book.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this novel is Harrison's vivid and expansive world-building. The gritty and desolate landscapes he describes are incredibly detailed, immersing readers in a bleak future where hope is scarce. From the decaying cityscapes to the hidden underground resistance bases, every element feels meticulously crafted, adding depth and believability to the narrative.

The pacing of Sense of Obligation is fast-paced and relentless, ensuring that readers are constantly on the edge of their seats. Harrison expertly balances action-packed sequences with moments of introspection, creating a dynamic narrative that never feels stagnant. The author's seamless integration of suspense and plot twists keeps readers engaged and eager to uncover the next twist in Evans' harrowing journey.

While the book occasionally falls into predictable tropes commonly found in the genre, Harry Harrison's gripping storytelling and compelling characters ultimately make up for any minor shortcomings. Sense of Obligation is an enthralling read that will leave fans of dystopian fiction satisfied and hungry for more. Harrison's ability to blend intense action, philosophical musings, and a captivating world make this a standout novel in the genre.

In conclusion, Sense of Obligation is a must-read for any fan of science fiction. Harry Harrison delivers a thought-provoking and adrenaline-fueled narrative that explores the depths of human resilience and the consequences of societal oppression. With well-drawn characters, immersive world-building, and a relentless pace, this book is sure to leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction September, October, November 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Page numbers jump between issues since they reflect the original magazine pages as can be seen in the detailed notes at the end of this text. Minor typographic errors have been corrected.



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