Mercenary. Galactic traveler. Survivor. Earl Dumarest is all those things - and more. For he claims to come from the mythical planet of Earth. And those claims have just attracted the attention of the sinister Cyclan. Stranded on Gath with no way off, Dumarest becomes embroiled in the schemes of a sadistic prince and a dying matriarch. Plots within plots unfold.
Dumarest is the key to their success. For amid the schemes of prince and matriarch alike, all have come to experience the legendary Winds of Gath. For when the star swarms come, when the music of the spheres rises over the the planet's valleys and mountains, the dead can speak to the living...and men go mad!
The Winds of Gath is the first volume in the Dumarest of Terra saga!
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Modern Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance
Rediscovering Dumarest of Terra is a delight beyond belief. This kick-off novel of a series of more than 20 novels, a legend in itself by a legendary author, was written in the mid-1950's, but (except for tape recording medium and lack of handheld communicators and worm holes) reads as if written last year.
Dumarest is my favorite character -- he is one searingly Hot Romantic Lead character. I had no idea how hot when I read this as a kid.
On the other hand, there are no overt sex scenes -- it's all implicit not explicit, and not even a "go to black" -- but if you have any imagination at all, this guy ROCKS.
This was my first Rish Outfield recording -- I have the second and third Dumarest of Terra novels which Rish Outfield also read, and I'm looking forward to them.
There's a spooky, paranormal/supernatural scene toward the end. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't, which is what's spooky, but the Winds of Gath blow and strange things are experienced -- judge for yourself. That's what I like best in a novel -- not pat answers but intriguing questions. Since there are more than 20 novels in this series, you'll get a better idea later on.
I also loved the Mystery element of "what is in that coffin, anyway?"
Even if you've read these books in text, the Audible recording is worth the time and money because it just brings the material to life with an excellent reader who understands the story.
I was particularly surprised by how many elements in this novel I had totally forgotten were Tubb inventions -- and having forgotten, I re-created some very similar elements in my own Sime~Gen Series novels (most of which are on Audible with more coming.) I would be delighted if Rish Outfield read a few of the Sime~Gen novels.
- Jacqueline "sf/f writer"