Battlefield Earth [NOOK Book]

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Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and...

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Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance. "Tight plotting, furious action and have at'em entertainment." —Kirkus Review

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"This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance." —Publishers Weekly

"In the year 3000, Earth has been conquered by nine-foot-tall, gas-breathing alien invaders called Psychlos. The few surviving humans are treated as nothing more than pack animals worked to death mining the Earth of all its resources. But a small band of rebel humans, led by Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, vow to fight back against impossible odds and reclaim their planet.

"In the book's introduction, Hubbard states: "When I started out to write this novel, I wanted to write pure science fiction. Science is for people. And so is science fiction." If Battlefield Earth's phenomenal worldwide popularity is any indication — almost 7 million copies sold in 26 different languages -- it's safe to say that he succeeded. Considering the quality of the story (Battlefield Earth was voted as one of the top three English-language novels of the 20th century in a nationwide Modern Library reader's poll) and the tender loving care that went into the production, this 20th anniversary edition is more than pure science fiction. It's pure literary gold." —Paul Goat Allen - Barnes & Noble

"Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens and noble humans. I found Battlefield Earth un-put-downable." —Neil Gaiman

"A terrific story." —Robert A. Heinlein

"If you like the kind of fast, unrelenting 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' action, then this is the book for you.  It's a real page turner." —Rocky Mountain News

"An unrelenting, whooping good yarn" —Los Angeles Magazine

"An epic science fiction adventure, the absorbing story captures the mind and imagination." —Orange County Register

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592128464
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 45,824
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Battlefield Earth

    After reading this book (battlefield earth) for the fith time in the last 20 years i still enjoy it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    Best Book of All Time!

    Disregard the reviews of anyone who rated this book less than a 5. Books don't get any better than this. Scientology has nothing to do with this book so don't let that keep you from reading this book. Nor does that horrible movie of Battlefield Earth that shouldn't even be called Battlefield Earth because it makes this great book look bad. Anyone who can read should read this book, and those who can't read should learn how to read so that they can read it (seriously!). This book is action-packed is written in an enjoyable writing style. Plus, it is very relevant to life. You feel for the characters and it is like you are in the story. Battle scenes have amazing description. Best book ever! Don't forget it! If your still unsure whether or not to buy it, you should buy it! End of discussion!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    One of My All-time Favorites: Reader of All Genre

    I first picked this book up in a used bookstore when I was a senior in High School. Since that time I have read it several times. It is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. The story moves along quickly and the characters are fun and the villians are wonderfully clever and ruthless. This book is no pulitzer prize winner, but if you are looking for a book of pure fun and great story-telling, than this is the book for you. This book is a monster of a read but it's a monster of a good time. Enjoy!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

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    Much better than the movie

    Outstanding work by L Ron Hubbard. Combines action, adventure, minor romance, and the ins and outs of the corporate culture we live in. The movie by the same name could not do the book justice (and the movie only encompassed half the book); the detail and the explanations make the story vivid. This was a very enjoyable read for what it is - great science fiction.

    Also recommended: Mission Earth series (10 volumes)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    So-so Sci-Fi

    L. Ron Hubbard wrote some terrific SF novels during the forties and fifties. His return to the genre of pulpy sci-fi is entertaining, but misguided. The satirical intent of the novel falls flat, and the climax is botched horribly...the main threat is pretty much defeated two-thirds of the way through the book, and the extended denoument reads like Hubbard is desparately attempting to pump up the word count of the novel. Unlike his earlier, and superior works (like SLAVES OF SLEEP, FEAR, TYPEWRITER IN THE SKY, and OLE DOC METHUSELAH, which I can recommend without reservation), Hubbard seemed to forget that brevity is the soul of wit with BATTLEFIELD EARTH. Forget Hubbard's Scientology and Dianetics, and all the baggage that entails, and pick up his earlier pulp SF novels. They're a big treat. But do yourself a favor and avoid the plodding doorstop of a book that is BATTLEFIELD EARTH.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Good story, fun read

    Classic style Science Fiction, with an interesting story line. While this book was well designed, it became a little long and a little preachy towards the end. One aspect that was interesting was reading the description of the imagined science. Since the story was written so long ago, technology that was only imagined at the time of the story have already been implemented or exceeded. It is fun to read what the 'future' looked like back when this story was written.

    If you are just looking for a fun read, this will more than meet your expectations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    Extremely Good Book!

    This story has a way of kidnapping your mind and holding it to the last page. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this if you are into any kind of science fiction or complex story-line. Wonderful plot. Dazzling imagery. Impeccable continuity. Brilliant all-around book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Great Modern Sci Fi - a Fun Read

    Battlefield Earth (1982) is a book written by L. Ron Hubbard. It chronicles the life of Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, an adventurous sort who would put himself in danger rather than risk the life of a friend. An alien race, the Psychlos, have taken possession of the Earth and eradicated all humans except those living near areas of radiation. With the help of some Scots, Jonnie overcomes many obstacles to win back the Earth only to find that the Psychlos aren't the only alien race who has eyes on obtaining the earth and its human inhabitants.

    This book is over 1000 pages in paperback and will keep you on the edge of your seat through each and every page. It is exciting from start to finish, although it does detail a few of the grosser activities of the Psychlos and their allies to help the reader understand the motivations behind the heroes' actions. Humor is appropriately sprinkled within and you connect with many of the characters, both human and alien.

    Battlefield Earth is a fun read that is difficult to put down. The main idea of the story is don't give up, no matter what the circumstances. This reviewer gives it an 8 out of 10 rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Gateway to a Cult

    Make no mistake, this book is merely an attempt by Scientology to perpetuate the cult of personality they built around a drug taking wife beater who committed suicide while running from the FBI.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Excellent work by Hubbard

    I am not a sci-fi fan. However, I have read Battlefield Earth twice and listened to the book on tape once. The journey we take with Johnny Good Boy Tyler as he moves from ignorant mountain dweller, to the savior of mankind is interesting and compelling. Each time I have read the book I couldn't put it down, went cover to cover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Great Book.....

    Is is possible to give this thing less than 1 star. I didn't think anything could be worse than the movie... but I was wrong. This goes down in the records as the worst book ever written. I would rather read the Pokey Little Puppy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Awesome

    IT IS A NON STOP, IMAGINATIVE PIECE OF WORK THAT MIXES EVERYTHING I LIKE IN A BOOK. I TOOK THIS BOOK EVERYWHERE I WENT AND READ IT CONSTANTLY!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Five stars because I read it five times

    Battlefield Earth passes the tests of time and re-reading. I've read it on trains in England, beaches in Los Angeles, and planes in Indonesia and it still pulls you into the adventure even if you know the end. I especially appreciate the second half in which Earth's struggle for freedom turns from the battlefields of war to the equally dangerous battlefields of intergalactic banking and diplomacy. After 40 years of reading science fiction, Battlefield Earth is still in top three favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    GOOD PREMISE, BAD WRITING

    Hubbard's premise is great, but he executed it poorly. The plot is frequently contrived, almost cartoonish. Even with an aggressive suspension of disbelief, it is impossible to accept some of the leaps these characters -- and the entire population -- make in such a short amount of time, even with the Chinko brain-zapper machine! Completely implausible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2000

    Long, but good!

    Not sure what to expect, I delved into B.E.. I have to say that all in all, it was a quite well written book. Extremely long though. The book could have lost about 200 pages and retained the punch, without adding in all the obvious scientology mess. However, if you like good pulp sci-fi, this book is definitely for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    It was long....

    The book begins rather boring ends rather boring tough some action is abundant in between. The plot is rather foolish. Like the only science fiction notion in the book is the presence of aliens. Let me brief you on it. The good boy was a neantherdal( really...) at the beginning. A year later he is designing a teleportation consule and meanwhile destroying a million planet empire...It is a rather crudely worked and less time spent form of mind work to me. Better spend your time on something else cause 33 hours is not just worth for this. Of course if you are on a year paid holiday you might give it a try!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Jonnie is smart

    Jonnie is realy smart and terl is realy not smart because terl wants the gold and thats all he wants (he has gold vever) and jonnie just wants to go home and move his vilage to somewhere that does not have uranium because they all have radiation poisoning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    This is one of only three books that I have read more than twice

    This is one of only three books that I have read more than twice in my life, and I am not done yet with it. (If you want to know the other two are the Three Musketeers and The Count of Montecristo)
    I loved everything about Battlefield Earth: The way the story is told; how you can relate to the fact that in the year 3,000 there will be little left and that it will be a great adventure to find out what is left and how it all went bust; and the way the Psyclo (The alien race that took over Earth) are depicted.
    The main character is just the person you want to look up to. All that he accomplishes in such a clean manner is amazing, yet we are talking about an almost-extinct human race with no technology whatsoever. And he pulls through.
    The narrative is fast paced and the amount of things that take place is just insane (in a good way of course). Sometimes you see the story through the eyes of the human main character; sometimes it is through the Alien’s. And both viewpoints just complement each other in the most fascinating way.
    I don’t want to give too much away but if one of the main reasons why you like to read is to have fun and to enjoy the time you spend on it you cannot go wrong with this one: You will be very happy it fell in your hands.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    One of the best books I've ever read in the sci-fi genre. I've

    One of the best books I've ever read in the sci-fi genre. I've read my paperback copy to pieces.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    This is the best book I ever read in scope and smooth developmen

    This is the best book I ever read in scope and smooth development of character and plot. Quite epic.




    Mr Hubbard entirely escaped my attention when in my retail book selling days and I rather thought he was a fiction as a fiction writer, likely because I wasn't much of a Sci Fi reader and many of his earlier titles were not in print on trade lines. I tended towards historical novels, and the creativeness of the accompanying art of the sci fi genre was not really understood or appreciated by me yet even though we sold a ton of books with Boris Vallejo artwork I was not in the creative groove here.

    The main character is nice and bright and caring and simple who has a lot to learn and a lot of problems to solve to prevent the extinction of people, the human race. Pretty dramatic. An old library in a city with a long gone population give him the first clues to knowledge.

    The suspense factor of having so many problems introduced that need resolution just kept me on the edge of my seat, or up late late at night, to find out how it would all end.

    I'm glad I read this book. Even 7 times or so. I have a tendency to do that with my favorite stories. Did that with Lord of The Rings and some of the Oz books when younger. I guess I marveled at such creativity.

    I expect the upcoming unabridged audiobook to be superb. The best editions for reading are the latest from galaxy press. Good design and fonts etc. 

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