The Gripping Hand

Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
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The Gripping Hand


A good novel, but - as often happens - not quite up to the amazing promise of the first novel of the sequence.

One of the advantages of being way behind in my reading is the opportunity to read novels one and two back to back. There has to be SOMETHING good about being a slow slow reader!

My rating system: I begin with one star being equivalent to a rating of "C -". Progressing upwards, I add ½ star for each step, up to the maximum 5 stars, which is equivalent to a rating of "A"+. I reserve ½ star for BOMBS, there being no option of zero or negative stars.