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On the planet Pyrrus, human colonists have fought a centuries-old war with the native life forms. These life forms adapt to human tactics and technology, evolving new species so rapidly that natives returning from even brief trips off planet must be carried in protective armor canisters from their ship to the safe buildings, where they will learn of the latest deadly threats. The Ethical Engineer is the second volume in the Deathworld series. It was originally published as a two-part serial in Analog magazine in 1963.

©1964 Harry Harrison (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Never a dull moment

As always Harry H keeps you on your toes and Christian Rummel's narration is fitting to the flow of the story.

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  • Josiah Hagan
  • 24-02-21

Nothing like the first

Might as well be a different MC from the first novel. The narrative is interesting, even some of the existentialism, but the token hyper-religious zealot from a intergalactic space with the mentality of an 11th century priest is story breaking. This author hates religion and goes through obnoxious, redundant, and nonsensical lengths to show it.

The story is really good otherwise and an interesting investigation of relativism.

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  • Brianeo
  • 16-02-21

Should be called “Jason’s side quest “

After building an entire world in the first book, Harrison ignores it to send his protagonist to a completely different deadly world. Jason keeps saving his kidnapper from death for moral reasons we never get to understand other than perhaps the readers might hate the author if he didn’t.
At the last minute, Jason is rescued by people from the real Death world. Not a spoiler, you can see it coming by the number of remaining pages.

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  • Peter Angerani
  • 22-04-19

Less Action More Existensialism

The usual great voicing by Christian Rummel and crew brings like to this sci-fi classic. Unlike Deathworld I, a good part of the confrontation in Deatworld II is philosophical / Metaphysical. But still, all-in-all a great job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-21

another great story

characters and back drip are well written I very much recommend this series I

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  • Reno Adventure Rider
  • 24-08-21

Character flaw

For the most part I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to start the next one in the series, however I did not like how the main character Jason had completely changed on his view of killing and death from the first book to the second. That is my only complaint with it. There was no background or context of why this change had happened. If there would have been then we could have watched him grow into it and it would have been easier to accept. Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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  • crippsje
  • 17-06-21

very enjoyable space Western story.

This is an old sci-fi novel it reminds me of the old space westerns. I very much enjoyed the antics and logic that are portrayed in this book.

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  • Michael Greenburg
  • 24-05-21

Just Meh.

Book 1 started out interesting and dropped off about 3/4 the way through. This one started off bad and went caveman, literally. I have lost interest in even finishing it 2/3rds the way through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-21

A Surprisingly Superb Sequel

This was...surprisingly good. I was not expecting a follow-up of this caliber, which I found to be much better than the original (admittedly not Harry Harrison’s best work).

If you listened to Deathworld, DEFINITELY give this one a shot. Our boy Jason is as competent and irreverent as ever. And while I enjoyed how he handled the first Deathworld, he takes this second one on with the swashbuckling swagger of a young Stainless Steel Rat. Hopefully the third one is as good as this.

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  • Benjamin
  • 28-03-21

Drop in quality in Deathworld series

Borderline completely unrelated to the original Deathworld novel, which I enjoyed. Jason displays none of his previous "psi" powers that got him involved, no mention of his past career or experience on the other Deathworld. In fact, his current skill set of engineering and handyman skills contrasts his previous character's gambling lifestyle. While this may have been more in place when the book was written, it's current moral and ethic rant is bizzare.

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  • Taylor Frese
  • 23-03-21

decent, too much preaching

the author is very competent, the narrator's performance was great.
I really enjoyed the first book but I had a hard time getting through this book. The premise and plot were pretty good, nothing to complain about. The characters were pretty tiring though. It seemed like Jason spends the large majority of the journey being almost omniscient and being incredibly smug and contemptuous about it. Not that that's inherently a bad thing, that can be an interesting story. But paired with what feels like preaching was tiresome.
It seemed like the author had a lot to say about superstition and religious dogma, which could have been interesting conversations if he didn't set up so many strawman arguments. Felt like this book was a soapbox.
Good author.
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Felt a little too smug and very preachy for my taste.