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.
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"If my simple word is not good, is my oath better?" I glanced at the smaller man,
slouched again on the couch. "I don't believe we have met. I am Lorenzo." He
glanced at me, looked away. My barroom acquaintance said hastily, "Names don'
He glanced at the wand and said smoothly, "That's a Martian wand, is it not, sir?
Interesting. I suppose you will want to leave it here— it will be safe." I said, "I'm
carrying it." "Sir?" His eyebrows shot up and he waited for me to correct my
Nevertheless, I took the list and glanced down it. I knew them all from their
Farleyfiles and a few of them from contact; I knew already why each one had to
be taken care of. Then I struck the name: Corpsman, William J. I fought down
what I felt ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This 1956 Hugo award winning novel is included in the science fiction masterwork series and either has not aged well or was a lack lustre rip-off from the start. It takes as a basis for its story the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It's a relatively simple and predictable plot: Lorenzo Smythe is an actor hired to impersonate a politician at a key political moment. Only thing is, the ... Read full review