And Buffalo George
This book is about a "yellow race" conquering the USA and the fight that ensues. It was written in 1949 and reflects the attitudes and perspectives of the time--just four years ago, the war against Japan had been won. The North Koreans are about to invade South Korea. One cannot judge a work of that era by today's morals. The author is considered one of the best sci-fi writers and in this book, he predicted several events and other things that have come true or are not yet solved, like curing cancer. The plot involves a group of dedicated Americans who turn back the hoard using cultural blind spots as cover. Why not? Without context, I would have rejected this book, but because of it, maybe I'll read more Heinlein.
1. I am a HUGE Heinlein fan.
2. I had never heard of this story before.
3. After listening to it, I understand very well why this does not seem to be in publication.
This is one of the rare Heinlein books worth steering away from.
I understand that this was written during the cold war. It was probably dated a few months after it was written. Its full of almost unbearable racial stereo-types. The plot is structured around the most goofy far fetched set up. America has been taken over by Asians. Washington DC was wiped out by a nuclear bomb. A surprise attack. Its left up to 6 people, 3 scientists, a cook, a private, and a hobo to fight back.
You can still catch glimpses of Heinlein. Some of what makes him a classically awesome author. But its sad to see him in such a setting that he created for himself.
DONT READ THIS!!!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
MAN 1: I AM UNWORTHY
MAN 2: I DO NOT DISPUTE THAT
Kind of like Man In a High Castle, only different. Heinlein discovers that if you want to start a revolution, start a new religion. A look at several Middle Eastern Countries, show that this is very plausible. This was written before Heinlein's horny phase and is a half way decent reading.
There has been some talk about it being racist. Heinlein calls the Asians, Flat Faces, Monkeys and Apes. On the other hand the Asians look at Americans as being barbarians. The names did not bother me. This was war and the Asians are the invaders. They are going to be called names. What struck me was the lack of black people. The Americans set up these temples that only white people can enter. If someone of Asian blood enters, he can die. Never is it mentioned that blacks even exist.
I prefer Heinlein's young adult books, but this is more readable than some of his others.
TAKE A SLEEPING PILL, THAT'S AN ORDER
As usual, Heinlein weaves a story of humanity, inhumanity and insight to take a journey through imagination and practicality. Excellent story with an engaged storyteller!
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
When you read this remember when it was written. Heinlein wrote this book in 1959, less than fifteen years after WW II was over. He probably intended it as an alternate history type of story, sort of, "What if the Japanese had won?"
It's a great tale. I thought Tom Weiner did a good job narrating.but not a great job. Yes, it's dated. It's still a great. tale by one of the first true masters of SF.
The Pan Asians conquered the U.S. and a small band of scientists must overcome these forces.
It's not a bad story. it does have the Heinlein libertarian philosophy throughout. part philosophy, part action story.
But it's engaging and well read.
This is extremely crude WW2 propaganda effort. This is actually not a Heinlein story at all, it's Heinlein's effort to expand an even worse story by Campbell. Either Heinlein needed the money at that point in his career, or else he wanted to help warn America of the Yellow Peril without concern for literary merit, or both. Save your book credit for something else.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
Tom, has a voice which is suites a 40s detective story. His voice is abrupt but with lots of charactor. For this book, it reminds you how long ago the book as been written and adds character to the performance.
Hienline can be somewhat prophetic in his story lines. This book is not different, with the tools being technology, deceiption and religion. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes a good science fiction yarn.
Read years ago lost of eye sight made reading impossiible the audio brought back memories
Tom Clancy writes with the same details.
The final battle
Beware never hide from the world Events will catch you by surprise