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Caligula of the Stars

Though he was later accused of every crime and sexual perversion in the galaxy, Hope Hubris began as an innocent. Because he defended his older sister against the violent lusts of a wealthy scion, Hope and his peasant family were forced to flee Callisto, one of the moons of Jupiter. Pursued by the bloodthirsty scions across the airless desert, they barely escaped with their lives. The illegal space bubble was overcrowded with refugees, all hoping to reach Jupiter for asylum.

But the space travelers had not reckoned on the terrible threat of high space - the pirates, barbaric men who rape, rob, and murder, with no thought but to satisfy their bestial appetites. It will take all Hope’s ingenuity to survive, but the atrocities he witnesses will never die. There is only one way he can be rid of them.... Revenge.

©1983 Piers Anthony, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Jeremy Neish
  • 28-09-17

I fell in love with reading

Do not read this book at the age of 13 as I did back when it first came out on paperback. I had no idea what I was in for. As it turns out it shattered the innocence of my young mormon raised mind.

But, it was also the first time I cried from reading a book, and more importantly it cemented my love of reading forever. Until this book came along I'd voluntarily read maybe 1 or 2 short books. After this I couldn't stop reading, but I've never quite had the soul altering experience I got from this book. But I suppose innocence can only be lost once, which as it turns out is the theme of the book.

I've been waiting for this series to finally come out in audiobook form and I was thrilled to see it here. It's been a pleasure to hear these words in my head again after 34 years, oh the nostalgia. Is it the very best book I've read, no. The performance and story are probably closer to a 4, but that's okay. I couldn't possibly rate such an important book in my personal journey to manhood and a love of reading anything less than a 5.

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  • Gunslinger33
  • 04-03-17

Great Story

The story is great and well written but the narrator is weak. Still worth listening to.

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  • DAVID A NOLF
  • 06-04-18

Can't get into it!

I can't finish this book. It's like hearing a story from that one friend that keeps getting sidetracked when telling it, rambling on about unimportant crap that distracts from the point of the story. I love the incarnations, and adept series, but I can't get on board with this.

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  • Neal Gibson
  • 02-09-17

Less "Space Opera" and more "Space Snuff Film"

If you're interested in listening to hours and hours of rape, torture and murder over and over again, this is a great book for you. The setting in the 29th century, and in space, seems almost irrelevant. All of the characters are one-dimensional and are written with the gender bias of the early 20th century. So while I think the author was going for a sort of dystopian future where humankind has colonized space, but somehow socially and culturally sunk back into its Dark Ages of violence, racism and suppression of women, he makes no attempt at all to add anything that could be considered "future" to this dystopian vision. Even where he tries to sprinkle in some futuristic aspects, he fails miserably. We have self-driving cars in 2017, yet somehow spacecraft in the 29th Century all need to be steered manually?

Despite the eminence of the author, and all of his other amazing works, unfortunately this book is nothing more than pirate porn that happens to be set in a very poorly imagined future.

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  • S. Hansen
  • 15-07-17

A Greek Tragedy and coming of age kind of book

This is always been one of my favorite books.
I've always found it inspirational for some reason.

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  • scott
  • 11-08-15

i love piers anthony but...

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not his best work by far. Mr Anthony is a superb story teller see the adept series and incarnation series but this was far below the bar set by these works. Authors often ask readers to take leaps of faith to make the story work but i could not make the leap of rape being acceptable, expected and enjoyed. i also felt that his use of rape simply overwhelmed the plot. i could not get through this no matter how hard i tried

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