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In this gripping space opera penned by F. E. Hardart, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey through the vast reaches of the universe. The Beast of Space presents a unique blend of science fiction, adventure, and suspense that will captivate fans of the genre from start to finish.

The story plunges us into a future where humanity has colonized distant planets, expanding their civilization into uncharted territories. However, their endeavors are soon threatened by a mysterious and malevolent force that has emerged from the black depths of space. This enigmatic entity, known as the Beast, possesses unimaginable power and harbors an insatiable hunger for destruction.

What follows is a relentless battle for survival as a group of intrepid explorers, led by Commander John Storm, embarks on a perilous mission to confront the Beast and uncover the secrets shrouded within its terrifying existence. As the plot unfolds, Hardart masterfully weaves together elements of cosmic horror, interstellar warfare, and intergalactic politics that keep the reader engrossed and on the edge of their seat.

The characters in this tale are vividly portrayed, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations. Commander Storm emerges as a courageous and resourceful leader, guiding his crew through treacherous encounters with both alien species and the Beast itself. His determination to protect humanity and unravel the mysteries surrounding the Beast adds depth and intensity to the narrative.

Hardart's prose is both descriptive and immersive, painting vivid images of the boundless wonders of space and the terrifying landscapes encountered along the way. The author's attention to detail, from the intricate workings of futuristic technology to the nuanced interactions between characters, adds a layer of authenticity to the story that further enhances the reading experience.

Throughout the novel, Hardart explores themes of existential dread, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit. As the crew battles against overwhelming odds, their struggles and triumphs serve as a powerful reminder of the indomitable nature of humanity in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

While The Beast of Space is undeniably an engaging and thrilling read, it does at times suffer from a slightly uneven pacing. Certain sections may linger longer than necessary, slowing down the overall momentum of the story. However, these moments are quickly overshadowed by the book's numerous action-packed sequences and thought-provoking plot twists.

In conclusion, F. E. Hardart's The Beast of Space is a captivating space opera that transports readers to a universe teeming with danger, wonder, and enigma. With its compelling storyline, well-developed characters, and evocative prose, this novel stands as a testament to the author's talent for crafting gripping tales within the realms of science fiction. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly find themselves enthralled by this enthralling journey into the darkest corners of the cosmos.

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A tale of the prospectors of the starways of dangers


[Illustration: He staggered back from the lapping pool the gas the weight of the girl's body the dog ]

Here the dark cave, along which Nat Starrett had been creeping, broadened into what his powerful searchlight revealed to be a low, wide, smoothly circular room. At his feet lapped black, thick looking waves of an underground lake, a pool of viscous substance that gave off a penetrating, poignant odor of acid, sweetish and intoxicating, unlike any acid he knew. The smell rolled up in a sickening, sultry cloud that penetrated his helmet, made him cough and choke. Near its center projected from the sticky stuff what appeared to be the nose of a spaceship.

He looked down near his feet at the edge of the pool where thick, slowly moving tongues of the liquid appeared to reach up toward him, as if intent on pulling him into its depths. As each hungry wave fell back, it left a slimy, snake like trail behind.

Now came a wave of strange music, music such as he had never heard before. Faintly it had begun some time back, so faintly he was barely aware of it. Now it swelled into a smooth, impelling wail lulling him into drowsiness. He did not wonder why he could hear through the soundproof space helmet he wore; he ceased to wonder about anything... Continue reading book >>

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