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Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein

Double Star (original 1956; edition 1986)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:Double Star
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Del Rey (1986), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein (1956)

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This was a pretty good book...hope for things to come? (I'm reading his novels in publication order.)

One observation: a book based on a premise of overcoming prejudice ought not to have racist phrases out of the context of the moral being imparted; phrases such as "make heap big smoke"

Two particular likes:
1 - a character referred to the Communist fear phase (of the fifties) as the New Dark Ages. I like that and will borrow it for what I think the right wingers are creating today.
2 - "Sounding spontaneous is a matter of careful preparation." ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
This is a nice little study of an actor in the very challenging role of having to perfectly emulate a well known public figure--not only to the voters, but to his intimates. It is also a portrait of an insecure, superficially polished, down at the heels man who, though he has great belief in his talents and skill, achieved that skill through his father's abuse, and is a lonely and isolated individual. Through his involvement with a mission he had no personal interest in he is changed in many ways.

Not to mention a well paced adventure story. ( )
1 vote thesmellofbooks | Mar 17, 2017 |
Classic Heinlein. Interesting factoid about the Farley File. The character began as a pretty stuck-up actor, down on his luck. That changed a lot in the course of the book. Readable, just not one of my favorites by this author. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
excellent. his juvie fiction is so good! ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I read Stranger in a Strange Land and could barely get through it, so I was not looking forward to reading Double Star. Luckily, they almost seem like they were written by totally different people. Double Star has an engaging plot that is easy to follow and moves at a great clip - everything that Stranger in a Strange Land lacks. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Sep 17, 2016 |
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Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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!

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An actor is coerced into impersonating a kidnapped politician. When the politician dies, his staff persuades the actor to continue and to carry out the politician's ambitions.

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