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Minor Detail

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Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,992 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 989
Added to site: 2009.02.23 23511

General Webb had a simply magnificent idea for getting ground forces into the enemy's territory despite rockets and missiles and things like that. It was a grand scheme, except for one Minor Detail.

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nded, contracted, quoted and misquoted, ignored and misconstrued, and then forgotten; all this in a matter of hours.

The nation, hearing it, put aside its wonted trepidations, took an extra tranquilizer or two, and felt secure once more. The government was in good hands.

* * * * *

Leaving the reporters in a disgruntled group beyond the cyclone-fence-and-barbed-wire barriers surrounding Project W, General Webb, seated beside Whitlow in the back of his private car, sighed and folded his arms.

"You'll be amazed!" he chortled, nudging his companion with a bony elbow.

"I--I expect so," said Whitlow, clinging to his brief case with both hands. It contained, among other things, a volume of mystery stories and a ham sandwich, neatly packaged in aluminum foil. Whitlow didn't want to chance losing it. Not, at least, until he'd eaten the sandwich.

"Of course, you're wondering where I got the idea for my project," said "Smiley" Webb, adding, for the benefit of his driver, "Keep your eyes on the road, Serge

Reader Reviews

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

A rather broadly written satire, almost cartoonish, with a mad scientist army general who has a plan to make war safe to wage again.

I laughed, but then, I like Roadrunner cartoons.

C. Alan Loewen

Minor Detail is a protracted joke--a shaggy dog story with one punch line that proves the oxymoron of "military intelligence."



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