Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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Right at the point where things were threatening to get interesting again, to boot. When an ancient artifact is dredged up from the depths of the ocean, the two creatures both seek it out with the aim of understanding their own origins. The End of All Things.

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Jun 18, Brian rated it liked it. Camouflagf the yearan artifact is discovered off the coast of Samoaburied deep beneath the ocean floor. July 26, Imprint: This premise allows for some really interesting directions to be taken with the story. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Those opening chapters mean I can’t give 5 stars – but this is a very comfortable The Contra Costa Times was unimpressed: It’s also a fast read, as all of his books are, but ‘compulsively readable’ definitely doesn’t mean light entertainment.

We also get plenty of thriller action as the story converges in American Samoa, where scientists have raised the alien ualdeman and are trying their damnedest to break through the impossibly hard exterior. Through the years, it has learned about seduction. This problem isn’t too bad in the first half of the book, when the setting is frequently changing and giving the reader new things to explore, but in the second half, when the story is tied to a single time period, it really becomes a drag.


Russell Sutton runs a small engineering firm that handles deep undersea projects. There are several of them and there isn’t space to more than sketch in their identities. All in all, there were a quite a few enjoyable parts of this book, but they don’t really come together very well. Unlike much of Hadleman, his solid, pragmatic future-view has aged well, and I could see his influence in recent hard-boiled spec-fic like ‘The Expanse’ series.

All it wants is to kill the Changeling, but it doesn’t know what form the being it considers it’s rival for Earth looks like. Despite the puzzle-solving around the changeling’s ship, this isn’t much of a hard-SF novel. Init takes part in the Bataan Death Marchduring which “Jimmy” sees horrific incidents which humanize the changeling; it learns friendship and pity.

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You’re really rooting for the changeling not to have its cover blown, even if the chameleon remains frustratingly unidimensional and the climactic showdown kinda perfunctory. The writing is tight, almost Crichtonishly so. Eventually, it discovered humans. Finallyit’s one of those books where you’re not seeing the words on the page, you’re seeing the things being described.

The changeling camouvlage to learn about humanity with Jimmy Berry’s parents. Hoping for material gain, a secret team is assembled to ‘salvage’ it and investigate it.


While working on it, for some weeks, “Rae” and Russ fall in love. Apr 13, Greg Strandberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: The physiology of the changeling and the properties of its lost ship are essentially magic, never explained in the story and in violation of all jod of physical laws as we understand them.

However, it knew it was different and sought information about its origin. The alien seeks the artefact Strugatsky brothers’ A Beetle in an Anthill? Haldeman and Marvano collaborated on adapting the rest camouflagge the novels in the series, and have since gone on to other stories like ‘Dallas Bar’.

If gender isn’t the central concern of this novel, it’s near the center, and the handling of it is skillful, subtle, and finely unpredictable. SF writers have been exploring this question for a long time. haldemsn

Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Try Needle by Hal Clement. I’ve been here for too long. Also, the c It was great right up until the end, where it felt like the author just decided he was tired of all the intrigue and just killed the book with a contrived showdown that was the most predictable ending that could have taken place.