|"The steel rat" ("A rat from stainless steel") — is a cult series of comic science-fiction novels of the American science fiction writer Harry Garrison narrating about adventures of the intergalactic swindler Jim Di Griz known also as the Steel rat. |
Action of a series takes place in the far future in a far galaxy. The seventeen-year-old fellow Jim Di Griz does not want to live all life on the native remote planet, grazing svinobraz, and decides to become the famous thief. He asks for the help the professional criminal by nickname the Elephant and asks the maestro who departed from affairs to become his teacher. So transformation to nobody the famous fellow Jim in the well-known criminal of intergalactic scale — the Steel rat begins.
But even career of the criminal will not force Jim to become stale and cruel. Under a cover of a cold rat from stainless steel the person with tremendous sense of humour, ready always to come to the rescue of the friend - and in general to any who really needs this help disappears. It is one of those cases when the swindler is more correct and more noble than many "honest people".
The Steel Rat series consists of eleven romanov*:
- "Steel rat"
- "Revenge of the Steel rat"
- "The steel rat saves the world"
- "You are necessary to a steel rat"
- "A steel rat in presidents!"
- "Birth of the Steel rat"
- "The steel rat goes to army"
- "The steel rat sings the blues"
- "The steel rat goes to a hell"
- "A steel rat on an arena"
- "New adventures of the Steel rat"
* novels are submitted as writing which does not coincide with internal chronology of a series
Besides, a series includes the story "Gold Years of the Steel Rat".
For the stormy life Jim Di Griz will manage to serve in army, to become famous on all galaxy as the cunning criminal capable in any situation to come off clear, become the agent of the confidential organization the Special Case, to marry not less talented swindler, than he, to bring twin sons, to become the president, to rescue a galaxy, to go to the past, to visit a hell and in a circus ring — and it is only a little bit of all adventures of the Steel rat!
"The steel rat" of Harry Garrison — is a fine sample of a comic fantasy which will please readers practically of any age. The charming main character capable to get out of any situation to which even at the hardest moments does not change sense of humour, for certain will not leave you indifferent.
Quotes from the book
"I turned to the wife:
— I believe, a set of equipment on duty at you with myself? What we had during a honeymoon?
— Of course: bombs, grenades, explosive, gas charges..."
"— I heard that the local leader, a cap of Dochchi, a being very rough.
— Rough... — it is thin it is told, the sir. Venomous snakes creep away in the parties at its approach..."
"— You are arrested — he declared. — Cause protection. Let they will take away it. I never heard about the Moral Case.
— Of course, did not hear. We — the confidential organization.
— So and confidential — Inskipp hemmed. — My so confidential Special Case that about it only hearings go.
— I know. Unless it is privacy? My Moral Case so confidential that about it even hearings do not go."