You all know why I am here.
I want 50 young men who are able, courageous, and strong, to go on a crusade to rid the world of the demon up there who does not speak our language (referring to Terl and his kind).
I feel it is necessary to to tell you the character of this demon so you can help me. He is treacherous, vicious, sadistic, and devious. He lies from choice even when the truth will serve.
The mining company that conquered this planet in ages past has equipment and technology beyond those of man. Planes in the air, machines to drill the earth, gasses and guns that can slaughter whole cities. Man has been deprived of this planet by those creatures. The men who volunteer to come with me will learn to use those tools, fly those planes, man those guns!
Our chances are not in our favor. Many of us may die before this is through.
Our race is growing fewer in numbers. In coming years we may be gone forever. But even though the odds are against us, at least let it be said that we took this small last chance and tried.
– from Part 6, Chapter 11
With this, our hero’s first political speech, he recruited not 50, but all thousand or so attending the meeting. Of them he took 83 to American with him in Terl’s personnel carrier. The rest vowed to prepare themselves to strike – or help in other ways – when they got word to do so.
And so begins the slow upward climb of this story. The passage made me cry. It was well-delivered by the audiobook crew, and I had forgotten it.
I will let you draw your own analogies. The plot could be fit into our own times. Who is the recruiter, who are the recruited, and what is the enemy? You will have to work these things out for yourself.
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