Author: Dallas McCord Reynolds (Mack Reynolds)
Published: 1960
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,014 / 45 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,529
Added to site: 2007.12.21 19447

Before you wish for something--or send agents to get it for you--make very, very sure you really want it. You might get it, you know....

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tance Mr. ... Smith. Frankly, I can't imagine of just what this could consist."

Paul said, as he adjusted himself in the chair, "I'm going into the Soviet Union on an important assignment. I'll need as large a team at my disposal as we can manage. You have agents in Russia, of course?" He lifted his eyebrows.

His lordship cleared his throat and his voice went even stiffer. "All major military nations have a certain number of espionage operatives in each other's countries. No matter how peaceful the times, this is standard procedure."

"And these are hardly peaceful times," Paul said dryly. "I'll want a complete list of your Soviet based agents and the necessary information on how to contact them."

Lord Carrol stared at him. Finally sputtered, "Man, why? You're not even a British national. This is--"

Paul, held up a hand. "We're co-operating with the Russian underground. Co-operating isn't quite strong enough a word. We're going to push them into activity if


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Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

A rather painfully dated short story. An American agent is given ulimited money and resources to contact the Soviet underground and precipitate the overthrow of the Communists. It seems their science and economic progress not only has embarassed the West, but surpassed it and they are on the verge of conquering the world through example, rather than by force of arms.

Most of the story consists of the plot to bring down the Communists, with a little love interest thrown in. The question arises, "who, or what, will replace the Communists?"

Unfortunately, we know that answer, and the answer the author comes up with requires an unrealistic idealization of the Russian people and their abilities. Still, it's interesting something so "unAmerican" could be printed in the 1960s.


Very interesting premise for a short story. The only issues I had is that it seemed a bit rushed, as though it would have made a better novella w/50-100 more pages. And the painfully obvious love interest pasted in is a bit forced.

Interesting and bite sized though.

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