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A PLAGUE OF DEMONS
Berkley Medalion (first edition) May, 1965 paperback. Cover by Richard Powers, 159 pages, 50 cent cover price. Condition is near-Fine: very tight and square with flat spine, mild uniform age tanning, light overall wear as faint line next to spine and price rubbed out on front cover, mild rubbing wear to back cover (see scans.) Bookplate inside front cover and previous owner's name written inside back cover; no other writing, marks, or stamps - a clean copy.
A paperback-original of a novel by Keith Laumer: A Plague of Demons. Expanded from serial "The Hounds of Hell" in IF November and December 1964. One of Laumer's best, in his serious SF thriller mode. Johnny Bravais gets a weird assignment: observe an upcoming battle in secret. It is believed that someone is manipulating Earth, keeping us at war, and a certain percentage of the combatants are disappearing. What he finds is some sort of alien harvesting the brain of a downed soldier. He attempts to interfere, and barely escapes with his life. Johnny then gets a "superman" treatment so he can compete with these creatures. But he is subject of a manhunt by them, and is ultimately captured. He finds out what the aliens use their captured fighters for - as command centers for gigantic fighting machines embroiled in an eons-long interstellar war.