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Title Interstellar Patrol
Author Christopher Anvil
Cover Art Mark Hennessey-Barratt
Publisher Baen - 2003
First Printing Baen - 2004
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Title Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity
Author Christopher Anvil
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Publisher Baen - 2006
First Printing Baen - 2006
Category Science Fiction
Warnings None
Main Characters Vaughn Roberts, Morrissey, Hammell, Dan Bergen, Valentine Sanders
Main Elements Aliens
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I downloaded this book from the Baen Free Library along with another of Christopher Anvil's books, Pandora's Legions. Neither book are is available on the site anymore unfortunately, so I was lucky to grab it when I did.

Now I didn't care much for Pandora's Legions, it was one of the few books I was planning on giving up on (something I do *very* rarely, even if I don't like a book I usually see it through). However, I really enjoyed the Interstellar Patrol anthology.

I liked how each story was a kind of logic puzzle. For example, say you have access to a machine that can influence people's emotions, and you're on a planet that is for all intents a purposes a slum, how can you improve the lives of the inhabitants? Perhaps you want to direct at them the urge to education themselves, encourage them to a higher calling than pick-pocketing and petty thievery...but the human mind is rather more complex than that. You make them want to learn, but you cannot control *what* they choose to learn. Suddenly you have expert bank robbers, bomb makers and poison experts.

Roberts, Morrissey, and Hammell were by far my favorite characters, though not all the stories involved them. Maybe because they are who we meet first in the Strangers to Paradise trilogy of stories. Though I think my favorite character of all, was Roberts' J-class ship, wouldn't mind having one of those myself.

Now not all solutions are perhaps the most ethical of answers, but I still found great pleasure in trying to work out how the characters were going to solve the next big mess. At the very least made my own big messes look not nearly so daunting!

I'd love to get my hands on the second book, but it's not in print, nor was it available for free download. Looks like I'll be keeping an eye out for it when I hit the used book stores!

Posted: August 2013


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