There was a double urgency priority message from The Chief waiting for Vernay, Anthropol's troubleshooter. The new assignment was a crucial one: get control of the totalitarian-feminist government on Ujvila, and do it before Galactic-Military brought the newfound planet under Federation control their own way-by slamming in an invasion force and destroying half the planet.
Gal-Mil didn't like Anthropol's slow scientific methods; the natives were afraid of aliens and certainly didn't want Vernay's intervention; and the underground opposition had too much to hide.
So it looked like this mission was going to be one of Vrenay's hardest, if not his last.
First book publication. The first venture into science-fiction by a professional mystery/western writer.
The Time Mercenaries
By Philip E. High
Cover by Gray Morrow
There had been one war scare too many and so the human race had used genetic sorcery to delete the aggressive tendencies from its heredity. But now mankind was faced with an enemy so superior, so ruthless, that it was fight or be wiped out, and the humans could not fight. They couldn't even give orders to their robots to produce weapons.
The only possibility was to call up and bring back to life a museum exhibit: the submarine Euphrates and its battle-trained crew. The ship had been sunk a thousand years ago, and had been preserved to demonstrate the decadence of violence, violence which was now the only hope against and enemy to whom living space was all-important and human life was entirely superfluous!
Heavy wear and some dirt. Piece of tape around each end of spine; also has a split corner and two creases. Pages are lightly browned. Binding is flexible but intact.