by Keith Laumer
Edited by Eric Flint
Cover Artist: Richard Martin
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Baen Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451638615
Date: 25 December 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: From a titan of science fiction adventure and the creator of the legendary Bolo series, an action-packed volume containing a full-length novel and a host of short novels and stories.
From a titan of science fiction adventure and the creator of the legendary Bolo series, an action-packed volume containing a full-length novel and a host of short novels and stories.
A wry vision of a future full of amazing develeopments–but a future where old problems come back to haunt humanity in strange new ways.
First, Mal heads across an America ravaged by worldwide earthquakes when he runs into a dying stranger who speaks darkly of meeting men who weren't really men. The stranger has an unusual gold coin in his pocket–and soon Mal discovers that some thing wants that coin back, and will stop at nothing to get it.
Next: Steve Dravek awakes in a nightmarish city and immediately must fight for his life against ruthless organ-stealing gangs. His last memories are of a vanished time from a century ago. Now, as Steve tries to stay alive long enough to orient himself, he discovers that someone is hunting him through the dark city, someone who seems to know him better than he knows himself.
Plus: The commander of the spaceship fleet that just annihilated the enemy armada decides to become world dictator –that is, unless his second in command can stop him. And a national test condemns a man to a life of unskilled labor, unless he can find a way around the system.