Final Weapon

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Author: Everett B. Cole
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 20,986 / 69 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,797
Added to site: 2008.03.03 20202

Man has developed many a deadly weapon. Today, the weapon most effective in destroying a man's hopes and security is the file folder ... and that was the weapon Morely knew and loved. But there was something more potent to come.

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y. That had been a smart trick, he thought. Have to remember that one. No argument to disturb the Old Man. Not even positive proof that Morely hadn't been talking to empty space. But there was an answer to that, too, if one was alert. He walked through the doorway into the director's office.

The regional director looked up.

"Oh, Morely. You wanted to see me?"

"Yes, sir." Morely stood at rigid attention. "I just thought of all those useless highways around the countryside. Of course, a few of them have been camouflaged and converted to temporary and emergency heli parking lots, but there's still a lot of waste concrete about that could be removed. It would improve the camouflage of the groups. It could be divided into community projects for spare time work, sir."

"Very good idea. If this stalemate we're in should develop into another war, it would be well to have as few landmarks as possible. And some of these people do have too much time on their hands. They sit around, thinking of


Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****
JoJo Biggins

A highly entertaining story whose ending made no sense whatsoever.

Sardo Weems

A well-written novella about the invention of a telepathy machine in a society where everything is run by military rules. Yes, there are flying cars. Enjoyable up until the end. The plot twists and heads off in new directions at times. The ending is abrupt, but fitting.


I enjoyed this book - it's a short read but has fairly good character development. Toward the end it seems to leave out some details that gets it to its final climax, and the very last paragraph is kind of hokey, but it still deserves a good rating. The story is interesting, and the backdrop is well thought out.


What an excellent read! A very good story teller, Cole presents a very beleivable world of the future form a 1950's perspective with a "Twilight Zone" type of ending. You should be able to get through this book in 2 or 3 settings. Highly recommended. Check out his other works as well.

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