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Doubleday (first edition) 1968 hardcover. Cover art by Ted Bernstein, 208 pages, $4.50 cover price. Condition is Fine in a Fine dustjacket: book is tight and square; the usual light bumping to spine ends (but not corners); age tanning is mild and uniform. Unclipped DJ has no wear or tears (see scan.) No stamps, marks or writing - a clean copy that is NOT ex-library. This looks new/unread. When I bought this 20+ years ago, I immediately put it in a new Demco DJ protector - which has kept it in great shape.
The first book by Joe Poyer: Operation Malacca. The beginning of this (Chapters 1-8) correspond to a novelet with the same name from Analog March 1966. Poyer also had 8 SF stories in Analog and 2 articles in the late Sixties. He wrote a couple of near-future SF novels or technothrillers, in addition to books in other genres.
The Navy wants Dr. Mortimer Keilty very badly, but Keilty doesn't want them. The Navy stiffed him on his last research gig, and Keilty is not impressed by appeals to his patriotism. When he finally lets them speak, they show proof that the British Government obtained : the Red Chinese have supplied a 5-megaton thermonuclear bomb to Indonesian forces to be planted on the floor of the Malacca Strait, with the intent of getting control of the shipping lanes through the Strait, and disrupting U.S. and allied interests in the region (to say the least.) But before U.S. or British forces can strike at the new "Research Station," they need proof. Aerial photos show nothing special. 2 British submarines were chased off, with damage, and 3 divers were sent in - never to return. They need Dr. Keilty and his special project: a dolphin named Charlie who he has been working on communicating with with for years, to the point of being able to talk - yet knowing both species think in different ways.
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