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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Josip fingered his chin nervously. "Of course not."

One of the zombis shifted his feet. "We did nothing except obey orders."

Kardelj grimaced in sour amusement. "I can imagine," he grunted. "Milka, you see too many of those imported Telly shows from the West. I suspect you see yourself as a present day Transbalkanian G-Man."

"Yes, Comrade," Milka said, and then shook his head.

"Oh, hush up and get out," Kardelj said. He flicked the cigarette butt from its holder with a thumb and took up a fresh one from a desk humidor and wedged it into the small bowl. He looked at Josip and grinned again, the action giving his face an unsophisticated youthful expression.

"You can't imagine how pleased I am to meet you, at last," he said. "I've been looking for you for months."

Josip Pekic ogled him blankly. The name had come through to him at last. Aleksander Kardelj was seldom in the news, practically never photographed, and then i. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An enjoyable story if a little dated now. However, the punch line at the end of the story about politicians sounds remarkably true and appropriate today!

A prime example of wishful thinking. You take an average student, grant him with power to do things and, voila!, he becomes the efficiency consultant out of the blue. If that were so easy, why everyone else isn't doing that? Or are they not average enough?

Anyway, a fun read.

A quick read. Quite enjoyable. Be careful what you wish for.

Cold war SF novella set in a communist setting. Quick read, I liked it for its nostalgic quality and somewhat dystopian-ish but still not fully malfunctioning world. :p