The Stainless Steel Rat for President
By Harry Harrison
The Stainless Steel Rat and Angelina enjoy a belated honeymoon on a planet run by a dictator who rigs elections to get into office, so they set the Rat up as a candidate instead. Very much a satire on banana republic politics and a parody of adventures set in Latin America
I regretted buying this book it the moment I had paid for it - I somehow had the feeling that it was going to let me down and leave me unable to pick up any of the other Steel Rat that I've missed (that would be; Gets Drafted, Goes to Hell and Singes the Blues).
Jim and wife Angelina goes to a holyday-world, for a small vacation, but being the man he is diGriz can't help but gets contacted by the local rebels, who are trying to overthrow the local dictator. Being the through and through righteous dude that he is The Stainless Steel Rat has to help out and volunteers to run for president himself. Soon the rat family finds it self in an election campaign, as it hasn't been seen since the last election in Serbia. Corruption, stuffed ballot boxes and more assassination attempts than you can count on your fingers.
Lot's of fun and it didn't let me down at all. I did get a bit tired of deGriz's I'll-go-to-extreme-lengths-not-to-kill-anybody-policy. The first time somebody tries to kill him and he only retaliates with a smoke and/or sleep bomb is okay, but it gets a bit tiring after the fifth time. The message that killing is wrong cannot be said to be anything but good, but there's a limit and sometimes Harrison goes to far. He needs to let Jim kick a little more arse.
Written on 1st October 2000 by TC .