Friday, September 10, 2010

1960’s Ace Double novel: The Secret Martians by Jack Sharkey

The Secret Martians (1960), a science fiction novel by Jack Sharkey.

Pictured: Paperback original (New York: Ace Books, 1960), 132 p., #D-471, 35¢. Cover art by Ed Valigursky. There is no promotional piece on the back cover because this is an Ace Double novel, bound with John Brunner’s Sanctuary in the Sky. So, here’s the blurb from inside the front cover:

Jery Delvin had a most unusual talent. He could detect the flaws in any scheme almost on sight -- even where they had eluded the best brains in the ad agency where he worked. So when the Chief of World Security told him that he had been selected as the answer to the Solar System’s greatest mystery, Jery assumed that it was because of his mental agility.

But when he got to Mars to find out why fifteen boys had vanished from a spaceship in mid-space, he found out that even his quick mind needed time to pierce the maze of out-of-this-world double-dealing. For Jery had become a walking bomb, and when he set himself off, it would be the end of the whole puzzle of The Secret Martians -- with Jery as the first to go!

According to a fan review posted on Amazon, “What holds all of this nonsense together is an amiable hero named Jery Delvin, who has the talent for spotting the hidden catch in a situation -- unless he is distracted by a beautiful girl.”

You can read the opening chapter of The Secret Martians at Fictionwise.

1 comment:

  1. Nice revamp to the blog, but I can't help thinking the text is rather large! (I'm using Firefox, and have checked I am set to "normal" view rather than zoomed in.)