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Medal of Honor

Mack Reynolds

Book Overview: 

According to tradition, the man who held the Galactic Medal of Honor could do no wrong. In a strange way, Captain Don Mathers was to learn that this was true.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Had he been a pig he would have been butchered long ago; he was going unhealthily to grease.

Rostoff said, "You have identification?"

Don Mathers fingered through his wallet, brought forth his I.D. card. Rostoff handed him his tequila, took the card and examined it carefully, front and back.

Demming huffed and said, "Your collar insignia tells me you pilot a Scout. What sector do you patrol, Lieutenant?"

Don sipped at the fiery Mexican drink, looked at the fat man over the glass. "That's military information, Mr. Demming."

Demming made a move with his plump lips. "Did Scotty give you a thousand-unit note?" He didn't wait for an answer. "You took it. Either give it back or tell me what sector you patrol, Lieutenant."

Don Mathers was aware of the fact that a man of Demming's position wouldn't have to go to overmuch effort to acquire such information, anyway. It wasn't of particular importance.

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Community Reviews

‘The Galactic Medal of Honor was the most important, the most coveted award of all time. It was given only to a handful of the bravest and most self-sacrificing of those defending Earth from the mysterious alien invaders that had appeared fifty years before. It was almost always given posthumously.

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I'm reading a lot of three star books at the moment, which is kind of like eating vanilla after a while. This is another one. It's not great but it's not nothing either.

I think, as a writer, it would be most awful to have a piece described as that but it's probably all I can muster. I need to write

Good read - old style SF

Reynolds, Mack. Galactic Medal of Honor. Ace, 1976.
It helps to put this novel in context. Mack Reynolds, one of the few card-carrying leftists in Vietnam-era science fiction, was a prolific writer who never made a lot, I imagine, from any novel or short story. Certainly, Ace was the low-rent distric

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