The Enemy Within

by L. Ron Hubbard
Reviewed date: 2003 Apr 8
Rating: 2
424 pages
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The Enemy Within is the third book in L. Ron Hubbard's Mission: Earth dekology.

I finished The Enemy Within and I cannot recommend it. The two previous books in the series were enjoyable but this one was dull, poorly paced, and the characters were inconsistent. (Inconsistent in that they behaved differently than they did in the previous books. Soltan Gris actually shows some human emotion.)

I also did some research on the Mission: Earth series. Apparently L. Ron Hubbard wrote the whole thing as one big book, and they cut it into 10 parts, each with a cliffhanger ending to trick you into buying the next book. I find that insulting and demeaning to me as a serious reader of science fiction.

Also, members of Scientology were reportedly ordered to buy many copies of the books, in order to inflate the sales and get the books onto bestseller lists.

Now, I must say that I recommend the first book in the series, The Invader's Plan, but I can't say that the second book had anything of significant value to add, and the third book which I just finished reading was less than useless. I do not plan to read any more books in this series.

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