Fenris isn't a hell planet, but it's nobody's bargain. With 2,000-hour days and an 8,000-hour year, it alternates blazing heat with killing cold. A planet like that tends to breed a special kind of person: tough enough to stay alive and smart enough to make the best of it. And when that kind of person discovers he's being cheated out of wealth he's risked his life for, that kind of planet is ripe for revolution.
Author H. Beam Piper describes a dire alternate world. The planet Fenris is a hardcore realm. The days are long but the years pass quickly. It is alternately colder and hotter in the most severe degrees. Seventeen-year-old protagonist Walter Boyd is scrappy enough to thrive on Fenris. Although a boy, Walter is cynic not an ingénue. And he has a carefree nature that does not warp as he engages in intellectual and physical conflicts. Narrator Eric Stuart sounds far older than Walter, but his brisk and nonchalant performance mimics Walter's persona. Stuart's deep, measured, and clear voice helps to substantiate the place and its people. Listeners will feel as if the world they are visiting is as familiar and knowable as its problems.
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