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The Day The Call Came
Thomas Hinde
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The Day The Call Came

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Published March 1st 1980 by Ace Books
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Mar 21, 2016 Greg Gbur rated it liked it
Harry Bale is a perfectly ordinary fellow. His lives in the suburbs with his wife and two children, works in his attic studio, and indulges in gardening when the season is right. His neighbors are an eclectic but friendly collection, and the Bales often spend time socializing at neighborhood parties.

All of this changes when Harry comes home to find an enigmatic envelope on the mantlepiece. Inside is a typed message of only two words: “Stand by.”

Harry Bale, a sleeper agent for an unknown power, h
Sep 12, 2015 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A study in paranoia that doesn't take off, but then crashes and burns. In spectacular fashion.
Jun 08, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't pick up as much of the sense of humor I had heard about, this short tale definitely delivered an atmosphere of strange suspense, and manages to sustain the feeling that everyday life has twisted into a sort of nightmare. Highly unpredictable and decidedly unique.
Sep 08, 2013 Roger rated it liked it
Narrow and focussed suspense. Want to read this again - it's been over 20 years since I read it yet sequences, passages from it come to mind sveral times a year....still!
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Sir Thomas Willes Chitty, 3rd Baronet better known by his pen name Thomas Hinde, was a British novelist.

His first novel, Mr Nicholas, was published in 1953. His second, Happy As Larry, the story of a disaffected, unemployable, aspiring writer with a failed marriage, led critics to associate him with the Angry Young Men movement. An excerpt from Happy As Larry appeared in the popular paperback anth
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