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I first read this in 1967 and most recently on the 1st September 2005.
This is A WWII great escape rewritten as SF for another world and another enemy. For
twenty-three years the alien bugs have been depositing human POWs on this earth-like
world. These prisoners were the cream of the human military, but time and isolation
have taken their toll, and most have given up hope of escape and are busy making lives as farmers on this hospitable planet. Some still struggle on, laying plans
and making preparations.
When the captured crew of the flagship Victorious are deposited upon the planet,
all that is set to change. Now they are going to escape, in three years and
counting. The plan will
involve almost everybody on the planet, massive construction, disruption and
destruction all planned and coordinated for the one chance they'll get.
This is an enjoyable read. It's got an intriguing plot twist and some surprising aspects. It is rather sexist, although modern for its day given that it was
written prior to the womens' liberation movement of the '60s
Warren, clearly knows women are undervalued,
but hasn't quite worked out that they're not only good at soft skills.
some of the idiocies resulting from that, this was an exciting book (for its day).
In the USA, this was published by Ace as "The Escape Orbit".
Loaded on the 15th July 2006.