I do love Robert Heinlein, I know I probably shouldn't but I don't care. About 10 years ago I read nearly everything by him that I could find, this one had escaped me so was very pleased to come across it in the second hand shop.
This is one of his "juvenile" fictions, thus there is much less bottom pinching and kissing than one would expect from Heinlein, but despite the main character being a teenage boy I really really liked it. (As an aside Starship Troopers was the last Juvenile book that he wrote but the publishers refused to publish it because it was too controversial and after that he didn't write any more intended for a younger audience).
It was written in 1951 and is good classic sci-fi. Man had spread out into the solar system and colonised the planets. Mars and Venus were both habitable, and both had intelligent life. The Venusians, were large scaly reptiles that had lots of eye stalks and tentacles and were called "dragons". There was an evil totalitarian state and revolutionaries fighting in the jungles of Venus. For all that it was a juvenile book it came across as intelligently written, even if the style was a little simplistic at times.
It reminded me of how much I do enjoy Heinlein and made me want to go back and re-read Friday as it's the one of his I read first and remember the least....Continua