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Sixth Column Audiobook

Sixth Column

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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.

©1949 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Caffa 02-12-16
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    "Disconcerting and thought provoking"

    The story concept and sci fi elements I liked. The mutual disdain and blatant racism between master race and enslaved race were so disconcerting that they pushed me out of the story and into my own thoughts. Though I expected it to be so, it is not simple juvenile literature.

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    Frankr24 Austin, Tx 02-11-16
    Frankr24 Austin, Tx 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "one of the Heinlein's best!"

    as a long time fan of Robert Heinlein's, I've read at least a dozen of his books. This one has really surprised me because it's one of his earliest. but that didn't detract from the story, in fact I thought the science fiction plausibility factor was excellent for any day. just really good science fiction, I highly recommend it.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-16
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-16

    And Buffalo George

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    "Read at Your Peril"

    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.

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    clifford United States 12-06-15
    clifford United States 12-06-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Wow"

    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!!!

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-03-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-03-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "SOCK IT TO EM"

    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

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    Gerald Critchfield 10-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dated, but thoughtful"

    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!

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 09-05-15
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 09-05-15 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "1959 Sci Fi"

    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.

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    David 06-13-15
    David 06-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, I love Heinlein!!"

    The science in this one isn't very developed but the ideas of what they do with the scientific breakthroughs are cool. Definitely worth a couple hours of your time.

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    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 06-12-15
    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 06-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A Dystopian Story"

    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.

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    jwk 01-18-15
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    "I love Heinlein, just not this time"

    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.

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