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Every stand-in dreamed of the starring role - but what actor would risk his life for the chance?

One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he’s shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. 

Smythe knows nothing of the issues concerning free interplanetary trade and equal rights for aliens and cares even less, but the handsome compensation is impossible to refuse. He soon realizes, however, that he faces a lifetime masquerade if the real politician never shows up.

©1956, 1984 by Robert A. Heinlein. © 2003 by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Hugo Award Well Deserved. A+

A must read/listen for Heinlein fans, young and old. The reading by Bronson Pinchot made the story even more believable. He is one of the very best in the business. Don’t let the formulaic revision of “Man In The Iron Mask” hold you back from this story. You will cheer for our band of political brothers as they survive a series of hazards through initiative, talent and showmanship.

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Pinchot shines

a great story and an incredible narration! - thanks to Bronson Pinchot for making the book come alive. a grand performance.