It’s six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander who knows how to get the best out of his ragtag assortment of American discontents, wily operators, and geniuses. It’s going to take technological savvy and a propaganda campaign that would leave Madison Avenue aghast, but the US will rise again. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy, then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA, took a variety of jobs, and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. His novels have won the Hugo Award, and in 1975 he received the first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.
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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
If I had to do it over again, I might pass on this one. I just wasn't captured like I was with his other books. It was recommended to me by a friend, and that was reason enough to pick up the book. Heinlein does a great job of telling stories, but you can't expect someone to be into every story, can you?
I've read other Heinlein books, which is why I was more apt to pick up this one. If I had started here, I might not have experienced some really great stories.
Yes. I thought that the plot was well developed and supported.
When the priests confronted the Chinese police who were controlling the USA.
No. He did a good job.
I appreciated the moment when the Major had to face being overwhelmed by the magnitude of his job.
I have no idea why I've always liked this story. It is anti-Asian racist garbage, I recall reading that Heinlein once said he was ashamed of this stuff. But it flows so well and is one of those good defeating evil stories that even if the bad guys had been my own ethnic group I'd still step outside of my feelings and enjoy the book. Don't know why but...
This is a very early book by Heinlein and it lacks the smoothness and complexity of his later works. The Red Dawn-type plot is pretty straightforward: The Pan-Asians have conquered the US. A small secret remnant of US soldiers remain. This handful of the military faithful (all male) includes a few scientists, an ex-lawyer who is now in command and a resourceful ex-hobo. Employing the guise of an over-the-top fake religion (the Cult of Mota) and few super-scientific weapons they endeavor to take their country back from the Imperial tyranny. There is some humor here, but the book is very much a product of its grim Cold War mythos. Not a pleasant read for the racially sensitive or politically correct. Very traditional pro-military outlook. Readers unfamiliar with Heinlein should definitely not start with this one -- try The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Stranger in a Strange Land instead. Those are much better books. No complaints about the reader who does his best with what he has to work with.
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