The Invaders

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Author: Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins)
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,338 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,587
Added to site: 2010.02.22 26740

It started in Greece on the day after tomorrow. Before the last act raced to a close, Coburn was buried to his ears in assorted adventures, including a revolution and an invasion from outer space!We're not given to throwing around the word "epic" lightly, but here is one! Swashbuckling action, a great many vivid characters, and a weird mystery—all spun for you by one of the master story-tellers of our time.

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he village. We can't hope to take an easier trail. We'll have to go back the way you came. We'll get you safe to Salonika, though."

The girl smiled, uneasily but gratefully.

"And," added Dillon, "we'd better get started."

He gallantly helped the girl remount her donkey. At the sight, Coburn was shaken out of his numbness. He moved fiercely to intervene. But Janice settled herself in the saddle and Dillon confidently led the way. Coburn grimly walked beside her as she rode. He was convinced that he wouldn't leave her side while Dillon was around. But even as he knew that desperate certitude, he was filled with confusion and a panicky uncertainty.

When they'd traveled about half a mile, another frightening thought occurred to Coburn. Perhaps Dillon--passing for human--wasn't alone. Perhaps there were thousands like him.

Invaders! Usurpers, pretending to be men. Invaders, obviously, from space!


They made eight miles. At least one mile of that, added together, w


Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

Though I ended up skimming most of this story out of pure boredom, I followed it all the way to the end, looking for redeeming qualities. There are none. It's a mess of writing all the way around.

Paulo Respighi

An over-the-border foray into Greece by the Communist Bulgarian army panics the villagers and traps a couple of Americans in the chaos. Then the American, Coburn, discovers that something decidedly not human is inhabiting human bodysuits and infiltrating society for its own purposes. A different kind of invasion.

A great story of modern day paranoia and intrigue. The main character is realistically bewildered and angry at being used. The love interest is okay, and the rest of the main characters can be distinguished from one another. The plot could have gone either way, and the ending is realistic (from what I know of alien invaders.)

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