Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

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by L. Ron Hubbard

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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

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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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Kevin Anderson
Battlefield Earth is like a 12-hour 'Indiana Jones' marathon. Non-stop and fast-paced, every chapter has a big bang of an adventure.
Dave Wolverton
Passionate, engrossing, Battlefield Earth is first-rate entertainment. L. Ron Hubbard proves once again that he's one of the all-time grand masters of suspense.
Frederick Pohl
I read Battlefield Earth straight through in one sitting. . . I was fascinated by it.

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Battlefield Earth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
loneacre More than 1 year ago
After reading this book (battlefield earth) for the fith time in the last 20 years i still enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The others are right! This book is a great and fun read. I gave read it several times. Ive just not found any book that ive enjoyed more. So much detail you will feel your right there with Johnny , Chrissy and Patty! I will most likely read again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi is a realy good story about Johney Goodboy Tyler, who conkers an alean race called Phychlose. All because of a Phychlo named Terl, who gose on a hunt to capture a man animal, and secsedes in capturing the main cheracter Johney. And uses him to convince more man animals, as a part of his plan to mine a gold deposit that was incoverd on a cliff side after an earthquake. But Terl dose not know that Johney has a counter plan to flush the Phichlose off of the face of earth, but will actualy do mach more than that. Terl traines Johney on how to operat all of the equipment used in the Phichlo mmines scaterd around earth's serfice. When Terl thinkes that Johney's training is done, he takes Johney to one of the skatered tribes/vilages where some of the last man animals have taken refuge and hiding from he terifieng Phichlos. In Scotland. There Johnny fills them in on his plane to take out the Phichlos, and thay agrea to help him. This is a very important part of the story because these Scots will be loyal to Johney untill death threwout the entire story. Johney and the Scots are taken by Terl to what the Phichlos think was a rvery hevaly defended , and very important military base but Johney and the Scots know that it actualy was a Air-force acadimy. Then thay get to work on mining the gold that thay would use as bate on Terl, menewile thay also found old militery wepons like asalt rifles, basookas, and other things from amunition to leaded suites that protects you from radiation. Eventualy finding all of the other tribes of the endangered man animals, and telaporting nuclear bombs on the planet Phichlo causing an efect that I will not tell you, you will have to read it for yourself to find out hint (thay made a new star). After all of this, the story gose on to extend it self and give the rest of the story after the concoring of the Phichlos. There is to much to tell in this part of the story with only 1,375 characters remaining to give this revew so I suggest to you this book it is worth your money unless you do not like sci-fi , action, and cuning plans and warfare as the base of a book.
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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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catlady911 More than 1 year ago
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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BruceD More than 1 year ago
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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Even though this is a larger than average book, I really enjoyed it. Good detail and I stayed interested the entire book.
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friar More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I highly recomend it!