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The Five Gold Bands

by Jack Vance

Cover artist: Edward Valigursky

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Find the five keys to Earth's freedom

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: The Dragon Masters

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Interior text

Hide-And-Go-Seek Among the Planets

Five bracelets of solid gold — five clues that began an interstellar treasure hunt. And as the luck of the Irish would have it, Paddy Blackthorn found himself the chief hunter — and the chief hunted.

He had only the cryptic messages imprinted in the five armbands so involuntarily left him by the five planetary rulers. He had also the help of a little, black-haired Earther girl to figure out their secrets.

But it was no children's game they were playing. Old Mother Earth, now abandoned by her spawn, foundering on the verge of extinction. Only the treasure Paddy sought would suffice to rescue the home-planet — and incidentally to rule the rest of the cosmos.