NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED . . .Captain Pausert thought his luck had finally turned-but he did not yet realize it was a turn for the worse. On second thought, make that a turn for the disastrous*.Unlucky in love, unsuccessful in business, he thought he had finally made good with his battered starship Venture, cruising around the fringes of the Empire and successfully selling off odd-ball cargoes which no one else had been able to sell. He was all set to return home, where his true love was faithfully waiting for him ... he hoped.But then he made the fatal mistake of freeing three slave children from their masters (who were suspiciously eager to part with them). They were just trying to be helpful, but those three adorable little girls quickly made Pausert the mortal enemy of his fiancee, his home planet, the Empire, warlike Sirians, psychopathic Uldanians, the dread pirate chieftain Laes Yango-and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space.And all because those harmless-looking little girls were in fact three of the notorious and universally feared Witches of Karres. A rollicking novel from the master of space adventure.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
One of my favorite stories. I’ve been reading it for years.. love it .. just finished it for about the 6th or7th time.
Humorous Story that is Difficult to Put Down
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
Captain Pausert’s life was on the way up. He had taken his battered starship, the Venture, and successfully sold off an odd-ball cargo. Then he made the mistake of buying the freedom of three slave child from their masters. His first clue should have been how eager the masters were to see the back of them. In the humorous vein of “no good deed goes unpunished” the three adorable little girls turn the good Captain’s life upside down, for they were three of the universally feared Witches of Karres. His fiancé and his home planet now consider him a mortal enemy. The Empire has declared him a criminal.
Now, with two of the three back with their mother, Captain Pausert sets out for the far reaches of space to seek his fortune. The middle child, Goth decided to keep an eye on him. Besides, she plans to marry him when she grows up. Now they have come to the attention of the Worm World, the darkest threat to civilization. No wonder he can’t give up smoking.
In 1967, The Witches of Karres was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel. The story is told somewhat tongue in cheek. Captain Pausert only wanted to do the right thing and free three innocent girls from slavery. Yet they had abilities that many in civilized space covet and dread. For an innocent girl, Goth knows a lot about how things work in the universe. She also controls a space drive that can pick a ship up and put it down somewhere else. Everyone wants the technology, even if they won’t understand how it works. When the pair agree to take an adult witch in a catatonic state and his mysterious cargo to Emiris, the dark and deadly Worm World takes an interest. A fun, humorous story that is difficult to put down.
The Witches Of Karres
The author has written one of my favorite books. No, not "immortal" fiction, perhaps. Nothing more than a highly entertaining, extremely imaginative work that I enjoy so much that I am saddened when I reach the end and there is no more. Would that it lasted longer, or that there were a sequel. But it does not and there is not. So I revisit this book from time and even though I am thoroughly familiar with the outcome I very much enjoy the reread. I think you will as well.