Camouflage (Ace Science Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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Haldeman trips through history wearing alien goggles but his message is all about human nature. ("Entertainment Weekly") An extremely intelligent thriller. ("Washington Post")
"Haldeman trips through history wearing alien goggles but his message is all about human nature." Entertainment Weekly
"An extremely intelligent thriller." Washington Post"
About the Author
Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels "The Forever War" and "Forever Peace" both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The year is 2019 and marine biologist Russell Sutton is working in the Pacific with his company that specialises in deep-ocean salvaging (his crew achieved fame through their rising of The Titanic). Russell is approached by Jack, a retired naval officer who enlists him to retrieve a mysterious oval object lying off the coast of Samoa. In the second storyline, we follow the "Changeling", an alien that has been on Earth since the dawn of evolution. Having taken the form of marine animals for most of its time, the Changeling takes on a human form in the 1930's and begins its journey to learn about humans.
The secondary storyline of the alien's development over a period of a century is typical Haldeman - an entertaining memoir like account of events and happenings that brings us in to liking the character. However, problems arise when we jump back to the present with Russell and Jack. These characters are less developed than the Changeling and in the end they come across as one-dimensional characters. It is not a good thing when the alien character appears more human than the humans.Read more ›
Its a relatively recent work of Haldemans - like many of his recent works takes place in the present but the style of writing and the characters are very reminiscent of his 70's and 80's works.
Its an interesting read - very 80's sf - dealing with an immortal Alien shapeshifters struggle to come to terms with existence as a human being. Lots of sex and violence - most of which id say typified 'classic Haldeman' - very like -All my Sins remembered.
For new readers - go read his earlier works first - Worlds apart - is more poignant. Forever war has a better vision. Both have better characters and story.
I found the the book gripping from start to finish, if you want to be critical, the book is maybe a little over the top old fashioned romance and sentimentality, but hey, I loved it! If the concept of a changeling, living as a great white shark, then a killer whale, a porpoise and finally emerging from the ocean in human form intrigues you at all, (and that's just the first few pages), then read it.
The ending does not work with the chameleon apparently being one of the main human characters but to do that must have been in two places at the same time (not one of its abilities) and have discovered the artifact in a way unexplained and inexplicable.
Three stars might be a bit generous.