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Mercenary

Mack Reynolds

Book Overview: 

Every status-quo-caste society in history has left open two roads to rise above your caste: The Priest and The Warrior. But in a society of TV and tranquilizers--the Warrior acquires a strange new meaning.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Of course I do, Freddy. We've been in the dill, side by side, more than once, and even when I was too scared to use my side arm, you'd be scanning away with your camera."

"Ha ha, listen to the captain, folks. I hope my boss is tuned in. But seriously, Captain Mauser, what do you think the chances of Vacuum Tube Transport are in this fracas?"

Joe looked into the camera lens, earnestly. "The best, of course, or I wouldn't have signed up with Baron Haer, Freddy. Justice triumphs, and anybody who is familiar with the issues in this fracas, knows that Baron Haer is on the side of true right."

Freddy said, holding any sarcasm he must have felt, "What would you say the issues were, captain?"

"The basic North American free enterprise right to compete. Hovercraft has held a near monopoly in transport to Fairbanks. Vacuum Tube Transport wishes to lower costs and bring the consumers of Fairbanks better service through running a vacuum . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Mack Reynolds was a socialist and this story was clearly written to promote his concept of socialism. It is not the least preachy though. It is a dystopia that describes a future capitalist society in which capitalism has become completely entrenched to the detriment of the vast majority of the popu

Le mercenaire est un court récit de science-fiction.

L'histoire se déroule aux USA, dans une société ultra-libérale où les grandes entreprises règlent leurs différents judiciaires non pas au tribunal, mais sur le champ de bataille.

Mais attention ! Ces batailles sont encadrés par des règles très préci

Popular military sci fi.

I have seen this story in many collections. It is about a future society that first fights little wars for television purposes, sort of gladitorial games.

A more classic story that all need to read but a great one as well I loved it!

OK short story, padded out with political chatter

Un racconto lungo di altissimo valore. Un Mack Reynolds in gran spolvero, che conferma in questo ottimo racconto, tutte le sue doti narrative. Insomma un testo di SF assolutamente imperdibile.

An interesting take on future civilization. The cold war ended when the nations in power signed a pack to no longer have standing armies, so they had to become more creative about how to keep men trained for combat. Now corporations solve their copyright/legal battles by employing mercenaries to fi

A strange, and I thought unrealistic, view of warfare in the future.

Really liked the way the author made our world work in the story, and I even liked the outcome. It was a fun read overall. Thought the writing wasn't the strongest, but I see there are more books dealing with the main character and I think I'll have to check them out. If for nothing else, I'm a suck