book cover of Starcross


(War on Aleph)
(The second book in the Galactic Security Service series)
A novel by

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The planet Aleph is overcrowded, its rulers inbred and decadent. The planet Gimel is smaller, totalitarian and just as over populated. They both want Virrona. Which means that an interstellar war is brewing.

The Federation would like to send an experienced diplomat to defuse the situation threatening the Omicron Galaxy. But that's not possible. The one Federation man on the spot is Simon Rack ...

The enemy leaders try to ignore him. They try to threaten him. They try to bribe him. Finally they try to kill him. But Simon Rack is a professional.

And he's hard to kill...


Laurence James was a prolific British editor-turned-author whose many western series, including APACHE, HERNE THE HUNTER, CALEB THORN and GUNSLINGER, dominated popular fiction throughout the 1970s and 80s. In addition to his vast western output, James (who became a full-time writer in 1972) also wrote under the names James Axler (the DEATHLANDS and EARTH BLOOD series), James Darke (THE WITCHES), Arthur Frazier (WOLFSHEAD), Neil Langholm (THE VIKINGS), James McPhee (SURVIVAL 2000), Jonathan May (the CONFESSIONS series), Klaus Netzen (THE KILLERS), Mick Norman (ANGELS) and Andrew Quiller (THE EAGLES), plus two stand-alone novels as Richard Haigh. His frequent collaborators included Terry Harknett, John Harvey, Angus Wells and Kenneth Bulmer

Genre: Science Fiction

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Paperback Editions

1975 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Rack #2: War on Aleph
Author(s): Laurence James
ISBN: 0-523-00749-3 / 978-0-523-00749-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pinnacle
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October 1974 : UK Paperback

Title: Starcross
Author(s): Laurence James
ISBN: 0-7221-4980-8 / 978-0-7221-4980-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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January 1974 : USA Paperback

Title: War on Aleph (Rack, 2)
Author(s): Laurence James
ISBN: 0-8468-0035-7 / 978-0-8468-0035-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Starcross (A Simon Rack Adventure Book 2)
Author(s): Laurence James
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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