THE CONQUERED PLACE by Robert Shafer

THE CONQUERED PLACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This projection into the future envisages the eastern United States after six years of occupation, with the Free Territory south of the Border. Lt. Pickell becomes Hal Lorch, makes his way to the People's Democracy, marries Bonnie and arrives at his destination to mingle with the resistance and alert them to his mission to bring out the scientist Carroway. He is slow in letting them know that with the plane pick-up atom bombs are to be dropped; has difficulty with Carroway; pushes towards his deadline just as the Enemy is becoming suspicious and faces a terrific gamble in completing his assignment when the evacuation begins and the controls against the uprising are obstacles in his race to the rescuing planes. Carroway gets out but Bonnie is killed and Hal left to take his chances for survival. Somehow not as terrifying as Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four although as grim and definitely tougher, here again is the slave state, the perverted toughness of the conquered, the subjugation by curfew, executions, secret police which is fought by the underground with murder. A first novel which explores the atmosphere of unwilling submission, this provides an adventure frame for political and psychological discussion. Stern.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1954
Publisher: Putnam