This is a very interesting and entertaining sci-fi story from 1956. A sort of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a twist. There is no dated science to distract from the story.
Some of the negative reviews are by people who are upset because they thought that Dick Francis, illustrator is Dick Francis, mystery author. Then there are those upset because this is a short story rather than a novel. The description clearly shows length to be some twenty plus pages. Others are more understandably unhappy because there are no illustrations in the free Kindle edition. This lack of illustrations is standard for Amazon Kindle public domain stories and books. The illustrations for public domain works can usually be found on the web at no charge. I checked project Gutenberg and found this story with one very plain illustration.
Lester Del Rey was a well known sci-fi author and editor who, along with his wife, edited Del Rey books. The man was also a "character" who made up stories about his name and family, apparently for his own amusement.
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Dead Ringer Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00KZ2UUKI
- Publisher : Start Classics (13 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 395 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 24 pages
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Sci fi short storyReviewed in the United States on 2 April 2020
Seems like A psychological thriller. Could have been a good novel . One wonders why it wasn't demonstrated at the insane asylum?
Very good.Reviewed in the United States on 28 July 2018
Good stories, typical Lester Del Rey which is always very good. He's one of the authors I always looked for.
Pre-1950 short by a masterReviewed in the United States on 3 February 2013
Times have moved on, but good fiction doesn't change. The story is a little unsophisticated in its phrasings, perhaps, but still a masterpiece of science fiction. Quite the twist ending.
Don't care about the charactersReviewed in the United States on 21 July 2013
After reading twenty per-cent of the book I don't care what happens to the characters, good or bad. That's a sign that reading the rest of the book would be a waste of my time.