Robert A. Heinlein – The Puppet Masters (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.

Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U.S. government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting back. Then four more follow up agents also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.

Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Zemes iedzīvotājus un pasaules kārtību apdraud jauna sērga, gliemjiem līdzīgi citplanētiešu parazīti, kuri pārņem kontroli pār sava saimniekorganisma prātu. Interesantākais, ka šie gliemji patiesībā ir kā viens organisms ar neskaitāmām ķermeņiem. T.i. izdevīgā brīdī viņu prāti var savienoties (grāmatā izmantots vārds ‘’konference’’), daloties gan ar atmiņām, gan informāciju; arī vairošanās modelis ir pavisam atšķirīgs.

Sems, no kura skatupunkta uzzinām par citplanētiešu invāzijas notikumiem, ir viens no aģentiem, kurš iegūst nozīmīgu lomu cīņā pret iebrucējiem. Jau aprakstā minēts, kam Sems piekrīt, lai tikai nepieļautu ne vien savas valsts, bet iespējams, ka pat visas pasaules kontroles pārņemšanu. Šaubos, vai es kam tādām piekristu.

Ideja par parazītiem un prāta kontroles pārņemšanu uzreiz prātā atsauc eksistējošu faktu zombij-gliemežiem. Vismaz šajā gadījumā pasaules drošība lielajā mērogā ir drošībā. Cerams šis video būs gana  paskaidrojošs. : )

Ne mazāk interesantas ir idejas par veidiem, kā iznīcināt gliemjus, lai nekaitētu inficētajam cilvēkam un nogalinātu parazītu, vai preventīvas metodes sev līdzās un arī pie varas esošo cilvēku pārbaudes, lai būtu drošs, ka viņi nav neapzināti kļuvuši par spiegiem ienaidnieka labā (no gliemjiem pasargāti nav arī mūsu četrkājainie draugi!).

Citreiz izlasot sērijas pirmo grāmatu, liekas, ko gan tur vēl var pateikt, bet The Puppet Masters ir viena no tādām standalone grāmatām, kur labprāt uzzinātu turpmākos notikumus. Protams, darbam ir arī savi trūkumi, un daļa saistīta ar sieviešu tēliem.

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The Earth and its citizens are endangered by a new threat, slug like alien parasites that take over the control of its host’s mind. The interesting part of all that is that although they look like many individuals actually all of them is just one, because they these conferences where their minds are connected and in which they share all their memories and information they have; also the way they multiply themselves is completely different.

Sam Cavanaugh from whose POV we find out about this alien invasion is one of the agents who later become very important for the victory over slugs to be possible. In the synopsis it’s already revealed what he is ready to do to stop slugs from possibly taking over the control of whole planet. I doubt if I would agree to anything like that.

The idea about parasites and mind control immediately reminded me an actual thing about zombie snails. At least in this case the safety of the world isn’t in danger. Hopefully this video is explanatory enough. : )

No less interesting are the ideas about the ways how to kill slugs so the host (human) would survive or preventive methods before that to make sure that the people around you and those with power aren’t controlled and haven’t unknowingly become spies. Unfortunately even our four legged friends aren’t safe from them!

There are times when after reading the first book in the series you wonder what else there is to tell, but The Puppet Masters is one of those standalone books  where I would be willing to read and find out what happens next. Of course this book is not without flaws, and part of them are with female characters and their representation.

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