Reviews of Star King, the (1963)
Review by clong (2006-01-01)
This is a very well crafted mystery/suspense in space novel.
The Star Kings are an alien race who who look enough like humans to pass undetected. Both as individuals, and as a species they thrive on competition, and have not the slighted scruple about killing or enslaving humans to help them gain power. As a boy our protagist Gerson saw his family slaughtered by a group of Star Kings who wanted to make a point, and has spent his entire life training to deliver revenge and searching for the culprits.
In this book Gerson runs across the trail of one of the bad guys, and sets out to determine the star king's hidden identity and deliver his revenge. On the way he muses about what he has missed in his life, and falls for an innocent young woman (who he subsequently has to rescue from the clutches of the star king's sadistic henchman). The characterisation is effective, if not particularly deep, and the plot moves along quickly. We visit several interesting and varied worlds.
If you are looking for an old fashioned, scifi adventure book by all means give this one a try.