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The Invaders

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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Invaders orbit the Earth in flying saucers. Some have already landed. The others are waiting.
The Invaders are merciless, inhuman creatures from a dying planet. They know more about science than we do. They have weapons of incredible power.
The Invaders have already begun to take over. Their scouts have settled among us. Their agents have infiltrated our highest councils
Mass Market Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 1967 by Pyramid
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May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a grade-B TV s that was novelized into a paperback that sold for 50¢ when most were 75¢, so I didn't expect much. It was a handful of old tropes shuffled together into a Campbellian universe. Lone man defies all odds, thwarts the conspiracy with some timely help, & inordinately lucky coincidences. For all that, it was a lot of fun hence the 3 star rating.

One thing that saved it was there was no simpering Jane yearning by the home fires for this Tarzan. For that matter, his opponents are
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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INVASION VON DER WEGA - - - das ist doch mal der rare Fall, wo der deutsche Titel viel besser klingt als das Original, oder? Und überhaupt, woher der Übersetzer die Erkenntnis hatte, dass die Invasoren nun gerade von diesem Hauptstern aus dem Sternbild der Lyra kommen, wird wohl auf ewig sein Geheimnis bleiben. Es klang damals für mich Neunjährigen jedenfalls absolut überzeugend, wenn ich aufgerissenen Munds vor der Glotze saß; dass auf Sonnen wenig Leben gedeihen dürfte und wohl gemeint war, di ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Keith Laumer's The Invaders
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 14, 2013

This is the 9th, &, maybe, the last for awhile, Laumer bk that I've read (all in a mnth) & reviewed. In my last Laumer review, of Galactic Odyssey ( ) I ruminate somewhat haphazardly on the excessive use of fantasy to distract one's self from dealing w/ 'real life'. I've found myself resorting to such escapism b/c my recent attempts to interface w/ 'real life' have been la
Daniel Díez
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
He disfrutado leyendo esta ¿novelette? está muy bien escrita, y me hizo recordar la infancia cuando daban esta serie de televisión,(y no me dejaban verla)
Michael P.
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting book for those who study adaptation. The author was asked to novelize a bad TV show. He agreed IF he could change the premise to make it believable. He failed, but the book keeps the basic idea while changing things that made the show fun for its fans, such as aliens turning to flame as they die and the entire origin story. While it is more plausible that an engineer discover what the aliens are up to, the book is marred by passages of painfully bad writing, implausible incidents ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
THE INVADERS was a not-particularly-terrific science fiction television program from nearly fifty years ago. I remember watching it when I was in the third or fourth grade and liking the aliens; they burned away to nothing when they died, had an extra little finger so the careful viewer always knew who they were, and they had cool flying saucers. None of these items are in Laumer's novelization, which seems really odd to me. I had to do some research on the show just to check and see if my memor ...more
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Based on the ABC television series, these stories were likely written just from the concept. Laumer's aliens are completely unlike those presented on television. They look human, but are described as dry, flat looking. They are immensely strong and fast, they don't have the stiff little fingers, a hallmark of identity on the show, and when they die, they don't fade away in a burning glow. They just die. One was chopped up and kept trying to get Vincent.

That said, the book is by a real SF author
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very loosely based on the two-season 1960's tv series (a good show, by the way), this book is divided into three different stories of David Vincent's discovery of, then resistance against, the covert invasion of the aliens bent on taking over the earth. The first story was a 3 star; the other two were 2 star. It would have been better if the author had adhered more closely to the details of the tv show. This book is the first of a three book "series", which, once you know the premise, can presum ...more
David Szondy
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Invaders (1967) was a true rarity in television history; a truly original series that had an influence far beyond its meager 43-episode run. It's story of a man who unwittingly discovers a secret plot by aliens to take over the Earth, yet can't find the evidence to convince anyone else of the danger introduced television audiences to something that was new to the medium: Stark, unrelenting paranoia.

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Mark Singer
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Veteran science fiction writer Keith Laumer took the assignment of novelizing the 1967 cult television series "The Invaders" about an alien invasion, reinvented the story and threw in some twists of his own. I read this in the mid '70s, and didn't really remember the show. Unlike "Star Trek", "The Invaders" was not on reruns, and I didn't see it until some time later. if anything, Laumer's treatment would have made a better show.
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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this is based on the TV show rather than begin an original book but this was a fun TV show and the book lived up to it. I wish I had more.
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

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