The Puppet Masters
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... show more
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 .
Publish date: July 27th 2010
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Read as part of A Heinlein Trio omnibus.
The puppet masters are alien race who came from the Saturn’s moon Titan to Earth to avert humans. Their ships carrying the slugs, small creatures sticking themselves to man’s back and spinal cord to control him, landed mostly in the USA. A special agent Sam with his agent-partner and future wife Mar...
An invasion of Earth via means of 'slugs' which attach themselves to people and control their actions. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elite government agent looking back on the situation as it was discovered.Lacking the sensawunda of his juveniles, or any particularly interesting specul...
I read this book to refresh myself after reading some long-winded classics.By today's standards, the plot is not original. However, the books reads clear and easy, the dialogue and action are quick and direct, and you can get easily lost in the fast-paced story Heinlein lays out. If you want to read...
Hard to rate this. The science is good, once past the premise, and a darn sight better than the other alien invasion and body snatcher plots of the seventies. The female main character, though, brings the rating down. I cringe while reading lines like "Oh, I am being weak and womanish." Yes, attitud...