The war had been going on for nearly a year and the Sirian Empire had a huge advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge. Which was where James Mowry came in. If a small insect buzzing around in a car could so distract the driver as to cause that vehicle to crash, think what havoc one properly trained operative could wreak on an ...
The war had been going on for nearly a year and the Sirian Empire had a huge advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge. Which was where James Mowry came in. If a small insect buzzing around in a car could so distract the driver as to cause that vehicle to crash, think what havoc one properly trained operative could wreak on an unsuspecting enemy. Intensively trained, his appearance surgically altered, James Mowry is landed on Jaimec, the 94th planet of the Sirian Empire. His mission is simple: sap morale, cause mayhem, tie up resources, wage a one-man war on a planet of eighty million. In short, be a wasp. First published in 1957, WASP is generally regarded as Eric Frank Russell's finest novel, a witty and exciting account of a covert war in the heart of enemy territory.
Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Very Good Plus. First Perma Books printing February 1959 in Very Good Plus condition. Cover art by Art Sussman. Pages tanning due to age, apparently unread copy with a bit of hingewear and a very slight slant on an uncreased spine.
Great little 'Cold War' novel. To defeat alien empire, Earthmen go undercover on planets ruled by aliens. They then resort to subversion techniques to demoralize the aliens. This book shows the paranoia of the times. Do not think this technique would really work, but if you enjoy good propaganda driven stroyn and aliens are really gullible, great story.
Jun 22, 2012
EFR is the best satirist in the SciFi genre. This is, arguably, his best novel.
Jun 18, 2010
one man's deeds multiply
Science fiction story with some oddities but in general an excellent piece of adventure featuring a lone saboteur on an alien world. Given a lot of money and some not unlikely devices, he manages to upset the world's rulers without doing anything actually tremendous. Believable if you start with a 1950s mentality.
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