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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 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 review laterI ve read a few of Pohl s books he was a very prolific writer and my hometown s library had many of them and most of them are better uality than a lot of pulp sci fi and a few are uite good even great This one though has an almost incoherent plot unbelievable characters and a breakneck pace that combine for a thoroughly disorienting read It s not totally unenjoyable especially if you have a soft spot for bad bits of media and I derived some pleasure from shouting out What to myself in an incredulous voice at numerous points in the short novelLoosely following the adventures of a Unitarian preacher Hornswell Hake who is refered to as Horny throughout the book as he is drafted into a series of secret governmental agencies that are fighting a cool war in a somewhat dystopian future In the book s cleverest touch the cool war is basically a war of annoyance fought by the Eastern and Western blocs in an attempt to make life less pleasent for the other side This involves spreading virulent lily pads that clog up water treatment systems and other ridiculous plans that nudge the book towards a satire of cold war politics As it is the future there are also group marriages wacky technologies and resource rationing Horny bumbles about not really understanding why he s doing anything or whom he s working for and his perpetual state of confusion matches the readers as the characters join into a jumble of changing names allegiances and random sexual encounters I did really enjoy the constant callbacks to his small new jersey congregation where he plans singles mixers though Part spy thriller part farcical comedy and part sci fi satire it s a weird book and I am somewhat happy to have read it although I ll probably never get a chance to discuss it with anyone elseNote It s such a strange book that I would like to know the background of it s publication Was he contracted to write a spy book Or had to finish something to fulfill a publishing deal Maybe I ll look into it

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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 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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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 novel inhabits that strange satirical world populated by other works such as perhaps On Her Majesty s Occult Service or Modesty Blaise serials and even The Loo Sanction or maybe even Catch 22 Pohl does not pull his punches and so absurdity has a backbone to it


10 thoughts on “The Cool War

  1. says:

    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 review laterI've read a few of Pohl's books he was a very prolific writer and my hometown's library had many of them and most of them are better uality than a lot of pulp sci fi and a few are uite goo

  2. says:

    It was well written and an interesting setup but I kept waiting for something neat to happenand then the book ended

  3. says:

    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 remarkab

  4. says:

    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 s

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    A forgotten gem of futurism this thriller explores some pertinent themes such as energy environment and economic coercion It is dated

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    This novel inhabits that strange satirical world populated by other works such as perhaps On Her Majesty's Occult Service or Modesty Blaise ser

  9. says:

    This is good for a light read though it is uite datedFor a book written in the 1980s set in the 2020s it seems t

  10. says:

    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 i