The Puppet Masters

The Puppet Masters

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Now in Mass Market. An Epic Battle Against Mind-Controlling Alien Invaders as Only Robert A. Heinlein, the Best-Selling Grand Master of Science Fiction, Could Tell It. “One of the most influential writers in American literature.” —The New York Times Book Review.

First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.

Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U.S. government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in. And four more agents who were sent in also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.
Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439133767
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 516,725
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein was the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels have been translated into every literate language on the globe—over 25 million Heinlein books are in print in this country alone. For five decades, young readers of science fiction discovered Heinlein, then gone on to voraciously devour every Heinlein book they can get their hands on. His now-legendary Stranger in a Strange Land was the first hardcover bestseller by a science fiction writer. From 1975 on, every new Heinlein novel made the New York Times best-seller list and shipped a million copies, including The Number of the Beast, Friday, Job: A Comedy of Justice, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record for almost four decades. For the last three generations of readers, Heinlein is science fiction.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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The Puppet Masters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another one of those great Heinlein books that takes a truly hackneyed plot and does interesting things with it. The story line is DUMB. The book is quite good. Partially Heinlein's thoughts on communism.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another classic Heinlein what if about society, in this case an early "body snatchers" alien invasion story of the sort that became so common during the Cold War. If it seems a bit cliched, remember that this was one of the originators of the cliche. The ending is a little too easy, and here I am not just talking about a certain deus ex machina weapon to use against the slugs, as the story has it that Heinlein needed to wrap the book up quickly within the set word count. Instead I mean something that appears to have happened in the second to last chapter that would have been a huge sacrifice for our protagonist, Sam, that turns out in the last chapter not to have happened, leaving us with an somewhat too happy ending. Still, it's a good read.
nm.sprin08.A.Palmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The opening paragraph sets the scene well, showing the enemy has landed and our worst nightmares are here. The aliens control mind and body as effectively as a master puppeteer.
gbanville on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scary. The original body-snatchers, no doubt. The biggest idea here may be its examination of the nudity taboo. Also the secret agents with family ties theme shows up again in his later novel, Friday.
uvula_fr_b4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic of the "us vs. them" type of alien invasion (i.e., critters control and/or mimic people, making them extremely tough to detect, let alone fight), the unabridged edition of The Puppet Masters (don't get too excited: it was bowdlerized out of presumed respect for the "audience sensibilities" of 1951, but the hinky stuff is a far cry from what Heinlein would later trot out in such titles as The Number of the Beast) is one of Heinlein's better offerings: a mostly fast-paced thriller with a fascist grin peering through the hedges. I re-read this shortly after September 11, 2001, which gave the book's conclusion ("...the price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle, anywhere, any time, and with utter recklessness") an extra, not entirely welcome, frisson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. And the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vintage Heinlein. I first read this book 40 years ago and many times since. It opperates on many levels: first as straight adventure story but also as an alllegory of the cold war ((Heinlein's goal) don't tthink its dated:: it means us too. As long as there are totaletarion governents and managed media it means us too.
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NJ_Eric More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest: I read this book a long time ago, I think around 8-10 years ago, but I do remember thinking it was a great book. I loved the creativity of the author, and his writing style was very quick and easy to follow. I heard Starship Troopers was another one of his greats, so I plan on reading that one day.
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I was also shocked that this piece of work was not published at some point during my life. It is a great read, very intense and packed with action. Sometimes I wonder if slugs aren't attached to the zombies I walk by on the streets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Heinlan book that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Anyone looking for a crazy story of aliens and surprises should read this.