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The duke of uranium
Barnes, John, 1957-
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Warner Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
290 pages ; 18 cm
When vicious thugs kidnap his girlfriend, Sesh, teenager Jak Jinnaka discovers that Sesh is really a princess from a distant world and that his uncle is a spymaster who has been secretly grooming Jak as a secret agent, as he embarks on his first assignment to ransom Sesh from her captor, the Duke of Uranium, who controls all fissionable material in human space.
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Living on a 36th-century space station, 18-year-old Jak Jinnaka's seemingly normal life turns when strangers viciously attack him and kidnap his girlfriend, Sesh. When Jak learns Sesh is actually a princess from a distant world, and that he has been groomed from birth to be a secret agent, he sets out to free Sesh from her captor, the mysterious Duke of Uranium--and discovers a world he never knew existed.

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Booklist Review

Barnes' latest is a wildly entertaining homage to the best '60s Heinlein juveniles, an amiable, slangy adventure for the teenager in everyone. Good-looking, athletic Jak Jinnaka, 18, has survived compulsory education with the help of his pretty girlfriend, Sesh, and a generous allowance from Uncle Sib. After Sesh is kidnapped, Uncle Sib explains a few things. Sesh is really the princess of the powerful distant planet Greenworld. Sib is a senior agent of a political cabal, or zybot, planning to rescue and then, possibly, exploit her. Promising Jak will meet no harm, Sib invites him to be an emissary to Sesh's captors. On the long trip to the Duchy of Uranium, Jak befriends a few members of a trading starship's crew, survives his shuttle being shot out of the sky, befriends the duchy's imprisoned heir, and discovers additional details of Sib's career that make joining Sib's particular political group something he should consider very, very carefully. Lots of action, dancing, interesting clothes, hints of sex, and a lovable, laid-back hero. --Roberta Johnson