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This review is from: Who? (Paperback)
In a future where 2 coalitions have been formed, capitalism VS communism, a scientist is abducted by the Soviets and then returned to the West with head and limb prosthetics that make his identity questionable. The story is told in the present and flashbacks.
Now, the flashbacks are absolutely brilliant. If one tries to read the book, skipping the "now" parts (and to be honest, the "now" is by far the inferior part of the novel) the story of Lucas Martino, physicist and owner of a Supermensa brain, unfolds in an engrossing, poignant and vivid narration. Just the part of the 18 year old Lucas Martino having a clumsy first date, will stay with you, long after you`ve read the book. Personally, I was reminded of Stephen King's more exceptional passages (and this is of course praise for King and not for Budrys).
On the downside, the western head of intelligence is quite clichéd, a man who is a chain smoker, does not sleep, etc and the same thing applies for his Soviet counterpart.