Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

by Richard Paul Russo
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Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo

Home to generations of humans, the starship Argonos has wandered aimlessly throughout the galaxy for hundreds of years, desperately searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet, where the grisly remains of a former colony await the crew. Haunted by what they have seen, the crew has no choice but to follow when another signal beckons the Argonos into deep space—and into the dark heart of an alien mystery...
“[Russo] is not afraid to take on the question of evil in a divinely ordered universe...This is an ambitious novel of ideas that generates considerable suspense while respecting its sources, its characters, and most important, the reader.”—The New York Times
“A tale of high adventure and personal drama in the far future.”—Library Journal
“Relentlessly suspenseful...full of mystery...very exciting.”—Science Fiction Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101207987
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2001
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 183,100
File size: 539 KB

About the Author

Richard Paul Russo is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, Ship of Fools, and the critically-acclaimed Carlucci series, including Destroying Angel, Carlucci's Edge, and Carlucci's Heart.

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Ship of Fools 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the best science fiction novels ever. Not space opera, but rife with allegory and moral dillema. You will be glad to have read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. Intelligent, thoughtful, and exceedingly well written. I just read it agian for the first time since it was published. It gets better with age.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Argonas is a gigantic spaceship that houses thousands of people while visiting different galaxies. The residents on board have lived on the ship for generations and have lost sight of their original mission or who even built the craft. Inside the ship, is a city structure with two classes of people: the ruling oligarchy and the downsiders who provide forced manual labor. The latter have no rights or freedoms.

The travelers have not touched down in a planet in twelve years, but now receive a signal from a place capable of sustaining life. The leaders decide to explore the planet. Humans once colonized Antioch, but when the visitors arrive they find the horrible site of numerous skeletons hanging from hooks in an alien-like chamber. They flee rather quickly, but soon stumble across an alien space ship as big as their own. No one seems aboard as members of the Argonas explore the vessel, unaware of that they have let loose on their own population.

Space opera was never quite like this tale. Anyone who were enthralled by the aliens from the movie Alien will love Richard Paul Russo¿s latest masterpiece, SHIP OF FOOLS. The title is appropriate. The author creates a shocker of an ending that no one could have predicted, probably not even the author when he was drafting the novel. Even the day-to-day details of life on the spaceship seem fascinating as readers are simply hooked by a wonderful plot that would make a powerful movie.

Harriet Klausner

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Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can ask is 'Why???'. It's disappointing that he makes no attempt to explain the motives of the aliens. Without that, I am left with a truly empty feeling after having finished this book. To be quite honest, I did not enjoy the book much at all. I was in for the ride in order to find out what the motivation of the aliens was. No such luck.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books of the Sci Fi jenre and this is the best. The character deveopment is excellent and you can feel for the main character. The story starts and it just keeps going. I read the whole 370 pages in less then 2 days. The first person view adds a certian touch that does a lot for the mood. This is a must read for science fiction readers everywhere
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was basically one of the best that I have ever read. I picked it up thinking that it would be easy read-a way to pass the time, and boy was I wrong. Russo mixes common plot characteristics mixes them toghether and in the end they turn out to be absolutely differen, original and beyond belief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why do they have the wrong author info?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just sayin'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only was this book excruciatingly slow but the author has a brilliant way of hooking you into thinking you are in for a shocking twist. Therefore, you are forced to trudge through the text, always hoping for the sudden aha moment when you are rewarded for your investment. The moment never comes. Even worse, the ending is almost insulting in its refusal to explain even one reason behind the alien's motives. And, no hint to where the characters lives are headed. This was one of the most frustrating reading experiences I've ever had. All I can say is, don't bother. I'll never read anything by this author again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to skip-read the last 20 pages, just so I could get to work on time the next day. This is nothing short of brilliant: 'real' characters showing good and bad sides: evocative imagery: a true sense of nasty evil, and a (kind of) moral. The best fiction book in any genre I've read in the last ten years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Given the rave reviews printed on the cover, I bought this book. Unfortunately, the epic proportions of the story never materialized. This book has little character development, other than narrative commentary by the main character. The motivation of the aliens is never even approached. They're just evil - end of story. There is some suspense and mystery, but it is never resolved with any satisfaction. I was left with a profound feeling of having wasted my time. Skip the reviews printed on the cover. The writers of the reviews apparently never read the book. I gave it 2 stars since it is a space exploration story, but I'm still torn between a 1 star and 2 star rating.