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The Cool War

Read & Download The Cool War ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Free download The Cool War T enlisted as an unwilling agent of the Team secret successor to the long discredited CIA and then courted by an anti Team underground group In practically no time at all Horny and Alys were touring Europe on a mission about which he knew zip except that it was a new move in the Cool War the worldwide campaign of sabotage that had replaced actual combatFor the team and its opponents though the Cool War could be as perilous as any hot one as Horny Hake discovered when he came up againstLeota lovely. I love Pohl s hard science fiction Heechee stories and I loved the cover of this edition of this book so I was reasonably confident that I would enjoy this However I on turning the last page I feel that this work is not exactly the literary summit of Pohl s career It has an interesting idea on how the nature of war might evolve but it is mixed with some basic science fiction ideas on energy generation and some of the genre s most egregious examples of one dimensional characters He then sticks all of that into a what can best be described as a dire romp plot that passes the time but does little than that Social Science Research A Cross Section of Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation practically no time at all Horny and Alys were touring Europe on a mission about which he knew zip except that it was a new move in the Cool War the worldwide campaign of sabotage that had replaced actual combatFor the team and its opponents though the Cool War could be as The Ophiuchi Hotline perilous as any hot one as Horny Hake discovered when he came up againstLeota lovely. I love Pohl s hard science fiction Heechee stories and I loved the cover of this edition of this book so I was reasonably confident that I would enjoy this However I on turning the last The Person Readings in Human Nature page I feel that this work is not exactly the literary summit of Pohl s career It has an interesting idea on how the nature of war might evolve but it is mixed with some basic science fiction ideas on energy generation and some of the genre s most egregious examples of one dimensional characters He then sticks all of that into a what can best be described as a dire romp The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed plot that L'Armée du Salut passes the time but does little than that

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Read & Download The Cool War ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Free download The Cool War Leader of the underground cabal dedicated to destroying the Team;Yosper the Bible thumping foul mouthed nonogenarian killer;The Reddi twins professional terrorists who turned up in the oddest places at the worst times and always managed to make Horny's life miserable;And Pegleg master of such lethal toys as the Bulgarian Brolly and the Peruvian PenPicaresue and fast moving THE COOL WAR is also a deeply ironic often hilarious yet thought provoking look at where we could be some forty years from no. This is good for a light read though it is uite datedFor a book written in the 1980s set in the 2020s it seems to mispredict a lot about communications and politics One plot point depends on how the main character will reveal his findings to the world before the government silences him In the age of Wikileaks and YouTube it should be a trivial effort at best Computers are rare and a library search engine is treated as a new technological marvel Everyone still uses typewriters and tapes The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia still exist No one has cell phonesOrdinarily I wouldn t harp on these things so much but near future novels date badly and the widespread use of computers should have been apparent After all early mass market gaming systems which are merely specialized computers such as the Atari 2600 existed and the Altair 8800 was around in the 1970s When the plot involves secrecy and communications it can fall flat when it does not match up with reality I can forgive H Beam Piper and his slide rules in space because it was the 1950s and computers were primitive and unwieldy To miss that concept in the 1980s is just shortsightedThe actual plot is about a somewhat apathetic Unitarian minister he says he has not considered the possibility of God existing despite his profession named Hornswell Horny Hake being drafted into the Team which is the CIA s successor agency Yes women are attracted to him and the obligatory jokes are here Hake is unwittingly sent on missions to sabotage even nations that are friendly to America since politics is about having a slight edge rather than a decisive military victory No one wants to fight a war after Israel nuked Arabia s oil fields so everyone just engages in petty vandalism missions Hence the name Cool War Due to oil shortages America has strictly rationed electricity and the characters comment on power piggeryHake spreads viruses through deliveries of marmosets to schools and accidentally tracks the Team s enemies through a bracelet he thought indicated sexual availability Hake finally tries to help the other side as much as possible after he finds out he has been lied to and he tries to stop the Team from sabotaging solar power in a fictional Arab country He then reveals the Team s secrets to the world and hopefully ends the Cool War It s interesting that this book has a NON Trinitarian Christian fundamentalist as a major character Jasper No Jasper is not a Jehovah s Witness In fact he would take major issue with the Witnesses position of staying out of politics Jasper believes in God and country and will argue with anyone who uestions the Team s atrocitiesAt least some concepts of the Cool War exist today in the form of hacking and other electronic sabotage especially in regards to Chinese scandals in the news Electricity usage meters and windmills are becoming common as well For all Pohl gets wrong you can see parallels with the modern world This book will also give you a few smiles Not major laughs just smilesAs a final note who would let a religious figure named HORNY around a bunch of children today In How Not To Write A Novel the authors note that a pastor should not drag a child character out of a burning building due to modern suspicions

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Read & Download The Cool War ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Free download The Cool War Fred Pohl multiple winner of science fiction's top awards presents a breathtaking romp through the energy poor world of the 2020s a gripping chase intrigue novel with a highly unlikely stand in for James BondOne day the Reverend Hornswell Hake had nothing worse to contend with than the customary power shortages and his routine pastoral chores such as counseling the vivacious Alys Brant and her husbands and wife At nearly forty his life was placid almost humdrumThe very next day Horny Hake was firs. I am really not sure why I didn t enjoy this than I didThe premise is great instead of open armed conflict between countries everyone is doing everything they can to ruin things for the other guy And this is brilliant and remarkably current I mean look at the mess that the US is in right now Now imagine that the CA wildfires were started by German operatives in order to tax our resources and strain our economy Or what if the Astros cheating scandal was arranged by Japan to make us all give up on watching baseballTHAT S where this book is coming from and it seems like it should have been awesome But I just wasn t all that into it I think on one hand the writing style and characters are very very dated So while the subject matter could fall in pretty much anywhere the characters are very much stuck in the 70 s Also it s a bit boring It should be tense and exciting but it isn t It s mostly exposition And even the action scenes are a bit too slow


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    The Cool War (PDF) Continuing my lifelong interest in pulp sci fi I found this beat up paperback at a place where I volunteer and knew by it's garish 70s cover and not so clever title that I was in luck I found another that I will

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    Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Read ¶ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Frederik Pohl The Cool War (PDF) I am really not sure why I didn’t enjoy this than I didThe premise is great instead of open armed conflict between countries everyone is doing everything they can to ruin things for the other guy And this is bril

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    The Cool War (PDF) I love Pohl’s hard science fiction Heechee stories and I loved the cover of this edition of this book so I was reasonably confident that I would enjoy this However I on turning the last page I feel that this work is not exactly the literary summit of Pohl’s career It has an interesting idea on how the nature of war might evolve but it is mixed with; some basic science fiction ideas on energy generation and some of the genre

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    The Cool War (PDF) I got a pristine hardback copy of this in the 1990s for 3 dollars because it was in some cut out bin at a used book shop that I liked I recall enjoying it a lot It's an amusing take on cold war with some fun ideas But alas I read it so long ago that I can't vouch for it much in terms of style or what have you except that I do remember the episodes made me chuckle

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    Read ¶ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Frederik Pohl Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Free download The Cool War A forgotten gem of futurism this thriller explores some pertinent themes such as energy environment and economic coercion It is dated especially the computer technology but world events have only confirmed Pohl's analysis of our collective malaiseIf you have any interest in realpolitik or global economic development you should seek this one out

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    The Cool War (PDF) Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Read ¶ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Frederik Pohl I haven't read any of the author's other works But this one was a muddled and meandering story sort of a mash up or a futuristic spy farce I would say that as I read I had to check the copyright date a few times because some of his material was as current as today's news

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    The Cool War (PDF) Frederik Pohl ✓ 9 characters Free download The Cool War This is good for a light read though it is uite datedFor a book written in the 1980s set in the 2020s it seems to mispredict a lot about communications and politics One plot point depends on how the main character will reveal his findings to the world before the government silences him In the age of Wikileaks and YouTube it should be a trivial effort at best Computers are rare and a library search engine is treated as a

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    The Cool War (PDF) Read ¶ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Frederik Pohl I like Frederik Pohl but by his standards this book was pretty lightweight It's set in the not too distant future where there is a cool war between East and West In it the spies merely try to irritate each other in order to

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