The stars were closed to Max Jones. To get into space you either needed connections, a membership in the arcane Guild, or a whole lot more money than Max, the son of a widowed, poor mother, was ever going to have. What Max does have going for him are his uncle's prized astrogation manuals¾books on star navigation that Max literally commits to memory word for word, equation for equation. When Max's mother decides to remarry a bullying oaf, Max takes to the road, only to discover that his Uncle Chet's manuals, and Max's near complete memorization of them, is a ticket to the stars. But serving on a spaceship is no easy task. Duty is everything, and a mistake can mean you and all aboard are lost forever. Max loves every minute of his new life, and he steadily grows in the trust of his superior officers, and seems to be on course for a command track position. But then disaster strikes, and it's going to take every trick Max ever learned from his tough life and his uncle's manuals to save himself and the ship from a doom beyond extinction itself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ikeman100 - LibraryThing
In my continuing survey of classic SF I'm finding many authors and books I missed when I was young. This is one of them. I like a many of Heinlein's novels but, as with some of his early juveniles I ... Read full review
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(Original Review, 1980-07-24) Random rumblings on our inability to predict the future. Pop-up display screens and visual aiming (guiding a missile by looking at the target) for fighter pilots is ... Read full review
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