Operation Haystack by Frank Herbert

Operation Haystack

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It’s hard to ferret out a gang of fanatics; it would, obviously, be even harder to spot a genetic line of dedicated men. But the problem Orne had was one step tougher than that! Field Agent Lewis Orne must contend with genetic manipulation and dig deep into a complex political situation to untangle deep embedded secrets. A science fiction classic from Frank Herbert, author of DUNE!


34 pages, with a reading time of ~0.75 hours (8,500 words), and first published in 1959. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, .

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It’s hard to ferret out a gang of fanatics; it would, obviously, be even harder to spot a genetic line of dedicated men. But the problem Orne had was one step tougher than that!

When the Investigation & Adjustment scout cruiser landed on Marak it carried a man the doctors had no hope of saving. He was alive only because he was in a womblike creche pod that had taken over most of his vital functions.

The man’s name was Lewis Orne. He had been a blocky, heavy–muscled redhead with slightly off–center features and the hard flesh of a heavy planet native. Even in the placid repose of near death there was something clownish about his appearance. His burned, ungent–covered face looked made up for some bizarre show.