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A Call to Arms [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to take part in the fulfillment of the Amplitur Purpose. Whether it wanted to or not. When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward. But the Weave's surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the Amplitur and their cause. And fight it did ? for thousands of years.Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer who thought the tiny reef off Belize would be the perfect spot to drop anchor and finish his latest symphony in solitude. What he found instead was a group of alien visitors ? a scouting party for the Weave, looking. for allies among what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.

Will tried to convince the aliens that Man was fundamentally peaceful, for he understood that Human involvement would destroy the race. But all too soon, it didn't matter. The Amplitur had discovered Earth...

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About the Author

Alan Dean Foster is the author of many SF adventures, the Spellsinger fantasy series and a number of film and TV tie-ins - including the hugely popular Alien novelizations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345358554
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5UFK6Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 11 Oct. 2000
I've read many sci-fi but this beats them all. The basic idea is great and I really loved how he made us humans out has an abnormality. The characters are good( even if Will sometimes seems a bit naive), the plot well writen and there simply isn't anything wrong with this book. A must for all fans of ADF and a good place to start if you haven't read anything he's writen.
p.s. This was the first book I ever read by Alan Dean Foster and he as since become my favorite writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable books in the SF genre 11 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
A Call To Arms is a great opener for the most underrated trilogy in Science-Fiction literature. The characters are very well-developed and it really sets the stage for A False Mirror. I've never read a more enjoyable, fast-moving, exciting book. Once again, Alan Dean Foster has outdone himself in the likes of Quozl and Glory Lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cool 6 Jan. 2009
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This was the 1st alan dean foster (ADF) book i read and i went on to read a fair few more. this novel basically introduced me to written science-fiction so its one of my favourites. re-reading it (for me at least) is like taking out a fictional comfort blanket made of science.

The story takes place on an epic scale which is well realised and envisioned by ADF. when i buy a book with scale to it i like to feel small and a call to arms made me feel tiny at times. the writing lets the reader imagine vast, grand things in their own individual way which is a plus for me.

In this story humans are often portrayed in a flattering and shocking way. its more shocking for the realism contained along side the unreal. also, the fact that we are evolutionary and socially unusual (compared to the aliens) leads to some very interesting ideas and developments.

ADF's imagination has come up with some cool technologies and concepts which greatly enrich the experience of reading this novel. and even better the technology doesn't weigh the story down as often happens with sci-fi.

there's also the fact that this is but the first novel of a trilogy. it sets up the following two well. combined they are form a high quality series well worth reading.

Realistic and amazing battles, highly emotional moments, stunning ideas, well developed characters and a fluent, consistent writing style combine to make a great read. i would recommend this to anyone who likes science-fiction and even to those less sure of their tastes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking for a sequel when I wrote this. A good yarn about human nastyness and combat capablity being put to use on one side in a galactic conflict.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Humans! 25 May 2006
By William E. Clark Jr. - Published on
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I picked this book up off of a desk somewhere during a former job. It was late, I was bored and the cover looked interesting. The book was a bit slow to start, but interesting once the pace increased. I found myself disappointed when I reached the last page because the job's library didn't have books two or three.

What I liked:

The characters were engaging:

The Weave aliens behaved in an unexpected...but entirely understandable way to their new "Allies" the Humans. The "Bad Guys" in many ways mimic many of the loathesome qualities of many fictitious, and real life, antagonisitic forces all the while giving the overall impression of being beneficent.

The struggle was believable and understandable:

The "Bad Guys" seek to assimilate and redirect every species they encounter to the "Purpose". This is a common theme for a reason; humans are, by and large, fiercely individualistic. The Borg, the "Body Snatchers", Vampires, Zombies all have the underlying, if not primary, purpose of "Making you one of Them".

Humans were not portrayed as weak or inferior:

Though not superior in any given area, other than warfare and ferocity, humans were considered better than all of the allied and enemy races in that humans were exceptional, even the aged humans, in all of the desired areas (strength, reaction speed, endurance, eye sight, hearing etc). It was refreshing to not read about "Puny Humans".

What I did not like:

The Main Character:

Though this may seem like a fatal flaw, it really isn't. What I didn't like about the Main character were his seemingly endless crys that humanity wants peace...even when the evidence of our blood thirstiness is staring him in the face. Now, I am all for peace, don't get me wrong, but I accept a few basic things about my brothers and sisters; we only really do two things REALLY well, kill each other and make babies. Were I put in the position of the main character, faced with probable genocide because Humans just couldn't cope with the rest of the universe's outlook on civilized behavior, I am sure that I would cry that we COULD learn to be peaceful, too.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, I have read it at least twice, and recommend it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good despite its flaws 20 April 2004
By Cliff Allred - Published on
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I'll be honest. Some of the ideas in this book are silly, such as Earth being tectonically active alone among thousands of inhabited planets, like one reviewer already pointed out. Never mind how the aliens are completely ignorant of tectonics despite all of their other wonderful science.
The main reason I like the book is because it panders to biased view of humanity as princes among carbon-based lifeforms. I like the vision of humans being the strongest, fastest and most vicious species in the stars, and Foster did a good job of portraying the shock of the other races at this.
I see more and more flaws in the plot as the years go by, but I gave it four stars because it's kept me thinking about the subject for such a long time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in the trilogy 2 Jun. 2003
By S. Rook - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very good book, one of my all time favorites. Although, I somewhat disagree with Fosters recurrent theme of humanity's violent tendencies (presented a bit simplistic or naive in a way) it didn't keep me from enjoying this book. It is a great start to the series, and by far the best of the trilogy.
There is also a little twist in the first contact theory. Humans carry some advantages that aren't often represented in most scifi stories. I also enjoyed the switching between POVs during the initial encounters, judgments that are made about each side.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced, story-driven, natural language science fiction 12 Mar. 2006
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The Amplitur are a race of four-legged, tentacles-on-the-head telepaths that are out to get humanity and everything and everybody in the galaxy to serve the Purpose. They're locked in a centuries-long war with the Weave, a diverse coalition of free races who are opposed to being genetically re-engineered into leading Purpose-driven lives. Go figure.

Enter humanity. When the Weave's exploratory ships discover Earth, they're amazed at our violent tendencies and capabilities. You see, most of the Weave's races - and the Amplitur and the allies too, for that matter - are incapable of violence or just very bad at it. So lucky us - we can be their new foot soldiers.

Now, A Call To Arms isn't the first or the last to portray humans as having a small talent for war, but I think it has a fresh quality to it. The story is well-paced; it's a natural page-turner. There's little pseudo-scientific jargon. The author makes no attempt to introduce esoteric weapons or describe battle after battle. In fact, there's very little combat "stuff" until near the very end of the book.

So it's difficult to categorize the book. It isn't one of those military science fiction novels like Weber's Insurrection where you're dealing with extensive battle descriptions. It's far-better written than Ringo's A Hymn Before Battle which is another military-focused intergalactic war novel. It's little like the Kzin stories or Saberhagen's Berserker fiction. Hmmm...

How to determine if you'll like it? I don't know. I do think if you're seeking a novel containing plenty of combat with unique weapons lovingly described in detail, along with a battle every thirty pages or so, this is not it. It is, however, a story very clearly told, about how humanity's strength and competitive edge is also its weakness and burden.

I enjoyed reading it, particularly if you're seeking some conflict-driven story without wanting to go to some starship soldier boot training indoctrination. I'm trying to say that young adults and up can get into this without feeling they have to keep their laser pistols handy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. 2 Aug. 2000
By Aaron Sutton - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of Foster's books that I have read. I enjoyed it very much. Foster does a great job of illustrating the hypocrisy of modern man through the eyes of aliens. I was really surprised to see the change that Will undergoes after Caldaq leaves Earth, this was certainly an interesting twist. One word of caution I would offer to those that are thinking of reading this book is that it does not really end. It just sort of stops. It is part of a three part series and it seems that in order to find any resolution, the whole series is required reading. However, I found the book entertaining enough to warrant the reading of the next book, and would have no problem recommending it to any science fiction fan.
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