New introduction and afterword by military SF star Tom Kratman.
Six Against Six Million for Freedom!
It’s six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option. A perfect Heinlein near-future adventure with a new introduction and afterword by popular military SF writer Tom Kratman!
About Robert A. Heinlein:
“Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the great writer of such fiction in the world.”—Stephen King.
“One of the grand masters of science fiction.”—Wall Street Journal
Robert A. Heinlein
Mass Market Paperback
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is that the United States has been conquered and is now occupied and is under strict control by the enemy. Anybody who rebels triggers mass murder of Americans in the town or city where the rebel struck. There is a small contingent of American soldiers left in a research lab in Colorado, who intend to defeat the enemy. They can't do it in any direct way because of the consequences, however, they discovered a previously unknown wave frequency that kills or injures people. The person in charge, the narrator, comes up with a way to use that discovery. The story has a lot of action. The problem was the author used race to differentiate the enemy from the white Americans so that a special frequency only affected the enemy. Since racial differences are now known to be minor, the author's use of race is jarring to the modern reader.
I wrote a request to the owners of the book rights of Sixth Column asking them to turn it into a Kindle ebook. I still own the original paperback somewhere in my book collection but unfortunately my eyes are not what they used to be. I read this story at the age of 12 or so and it was one of my favorite Sci-Fi stories. I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed reading it again now. I now needed the Kindle version to allow me to read it again because of my eyesight.
I overlook the parts of the book that many call racist as when I was young I didn't understand it. Today I look upon the story as coming from a different time and place. What does any captured country call the winning army? Especially after they killed thousands or millions of their countrymen.
I look at the story as Sci-Fiction and I enjoy it for that aspect only. Heinlein was a master story teller and he is one of the leading figures in the early days of Sci-Fi books. This story is a classic and a foundation...
As a Heinlein aficionado I enjoyed reading this book because it showed me how his writing started and I could get an inkling of the direction in which his later work would go. Taken in isolation, however, this is not a great book and certainly not at the level that we expect from this wonderful author. The basic idea is interesting and makes the book worth reading (although as the intro explains, the basic plot was not Heinlein's) and the writing is already good (though not yet great as in later books), but it has too many fillers and some threads that don't go anywhere.
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