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by Robert A. Heinlein, Tom Weiner
     
 

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One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was — as usual — in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.

Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important

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One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was — as usual — in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.

Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake — failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. And Smythe's own life was on the line — for if he wasn't assassinated, there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role forever!

Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post Dispatch
"In this intricately plotted novel of interplanetary intrigue, Heinlein is at his best."
Galaxy Science-Fiction
"Pleasant and exciting reading."
Anthony Boucher
"Bears the Heinlein cache of credible authenticity."
Dean Koontz
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482950991
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT ANSON HEINLEIN (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the U.S. 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.

Lloyd James hails from the Midwest. He received his B.A. in theater from a small liberal-arts college in New Mexico. He acts in the theater when his schedule permits and spends much of his free time working in his garden. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 7, 1907
Date of Death:
May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:
Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:
Carmel, California
Education:
Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Double Star 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tightly written and well plotted story of political intrigue and deception written against a futuristic background involving two different interplanetary races and political parties in an imaginary SciFi future. Heinlein's characters come alive off the page, with all the warmth, faults, flaws, and basic human decencies which make his protaganists, heroes, and villians all so classically unforgetable. A grand read for any real SciFi buff !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book! I really enjoyed reading it. And I enjoyed reading it the second and the third time! The book is basically about an actor who has to impersonate a public figure, in order to prevent a war with the aliens, but I won't go any further with the plot, or I'll spoil the fun. Anyhow, the story has lots of twists and turns, and is going to make you 'hod on to it' 'till the end.
writer-historyreader 3 months ago
This book is dangerous. It was one of the reasons I studied Political Science in college and became a Science Fiction writer in a mid life crisis! When I read the Prisoner of Zenda I figured it's writer had stolen from Heinlein. Only later did I learn it was the other way around. Still, Bob did a whole lot better job. This is just a great story with a whole lot of bang up fun in it, and it tells you a lot about how politics works.
NMSCIFI More than 1 year ago
This book follows Heilein style all the way, he hasn't lost his touch with the keyboard or his story lines. Great read for new and old readers. WJ
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This is a classic Heinlein story which is, of course, dated. At 148 pages, it is not novel length and the cost was too high.
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