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Tool of the Trade by Joe Haldeman

Tool of the Trade (1987)

by Joe Haldeman

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  mcolpitts | Aug 15, 2009 |
Haldeman writes a goods story. The constant flow of awards proves that. And, in this book, another good story. No, it isn’t great as Forever War and others are great. But it’s a good read, a fun read, an interesting read, the kind of read almost anyone enjoys having. This is an interesting blend of genres. The science fiction element is expected of Haldeman, but it is not the driver. Instead, this is more spy story than science fiction. And any spy story, with it’s reliance on gadgets and gizmos, can have a small science fiction element. But the gimmick here (the design of an object that makes the listener do anything our hero requests) is prevalent enough that you have to consider this a blending. And Haldeman does a good job of taking a potentially Pollyanna ending (let’s get rid of all the nuclear weapons and live happily ever after) and not completing accepting that solution. Yes, it probably is a little contrived, and it probably wouldn’t work out that way in the real world, but the reader is willing to accept it in the context of the story. ( )
  figre | Apr 20, 2008 |
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