Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds was one of the most popular American science-fiction writers of the 1960s. His pen names included Clark Collins, Mark Mallory, Guy McCord, Dallas Ross, and Maxine Reynolds. Many of his stories were published in Galaxy magazine and Worlds of If magazine. His novels predicted many things that have come to pass, including pocket computers and a worldwide computer network with information available at one's fingertips.
In Ultima Thule, young Ronny Bronston has a dream: getting a United Planets job that would take him off-world. He finally gets such an opportunity when his application is accepted and he is given a provisional assignment with the Bureau of Investigation, Section G. Then he finds that the assignment is to capture the elusive terrorist Tommy Paine, who has eluded even the most experienced operative.
Ronny Bronston just wants what any other young man wants: a job off-world with the United Planets. Ronny's dream is what sets things in motion in this story from science fiction legend Dallas McCord Reynolds. Ultima Thule follows Ronny Bronston as he gets accepted into United Planets and assigned to the Bureau of Investigation. Jim Roberts, a notable Audible performer, brings this story to life with his sharp interpretations of Dallas Reynolds's characters. After securing employment, things seem to be going well for Ronny. That is, until he finds out his assignment is to capture the infamous Tommy Paine.
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I could no longer torture myself and had to end the story half way through. At this point the character has yet to make it out of the office building. Not only do all the characters seem boring but the narrator, Jim Roberts, reads as if a bed time story to small children.