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Three to Conquer by Eric Frank Russell
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Apr 29, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

While written in the mid-50s, and starting off as what appears to be a pretty standard police procedural (with the addition of the world's only known telepath), the story really takes off when one additional SFnal element is added, and the effect on the story (and myself as the reader) was explosive. I was reading along, lulled into the familiar beats of what appeared to be a familiar kind of story, when BOOM!, the story was wrenched off into an entirely new, but not unsupported, direction. When I thought back on it, all the clues were there, but the storytelling kept me, the reader, in the dark until the big reveal occurred, and it was mindblowing.

After that, the book kicked into an entirely new and elevated gear, and rocketed along to a satisfying conclusion. I detected some similar ground to Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, but this was an entirely original treatment by Eric Frank Russell, and an entirely entertaining read.
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