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The Return

The Return by H. Beam Piper
By: (1904-1964)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper. The story follows a young archaeologist who discovers an ancient civilization on a distant planet and must navigate the political tensions between the native inhabitants and the human colonists. The author expertly crafts a rich and immersive world, complete with detailed descriptions of the alien landscape and intriguing glimpses into the culture of the indigenous species. The characters are well-developed and I found myself invested in their individual story arcs.

One of the standout elements of the book is the exploration of themes such as colonialism, cultural assimilation, and the clash of civilizations. These complex ideas are woven seamlessly into the narrative, adding layers of depth to the story. Additionally, the pacing is excellent, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.

Overall, The Return is a thought-provoking and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of classic science fiction. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an engaging and well-written novel in the genre.

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Two-hundred years after a global nuclear war, two explorers from a research outpost, that largely survived the cataclysm, discover a settlement of humans who have managed to maintain their civilisation despite ferocious cannibal neighbours, the Scowrers. However, the explorers must turn detective in order to understand the mystery of their hosts philosophy and religion. (Description by Reynard)

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 5, 2016
Subject: The Return
So very well read and good the end !
Reviewer: - December 6, 2014
Subject: The Return
Ha Ha Enjoyed this thoroughly. Being English I was surprised to hear a strong Brit accent reading an American book but he did a good job to my ears anyway Nice ending.
Reviewer: - June 28, 2013
Wonderful action filled mystery of a time after a great war. Cute and slightly twisted ending.

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