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Camouflage
Joe W. Haldeman
Adult Fiction HALDEMAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Joe Haldeman's Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth, skillfully weaves its disparate plot threads until the cop-out, deus ex machina ending. This is a more sophisticated, if less than satisfying, handling of a similar situation in Hal Clement's Needle (1950). Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When the navy discovers a mysterious artifact seven miles underwater in the depths of the Tonga-Kermadec Trench, it approaches marine biologist and former government scientist Russell Sutton for assistance. Reluctantly, Sutton agrees, unaware that a pair of immortal beings (shapechangers) has been summoned from its eternal wanderings to the presence of the artifact. With his customary economy of words, Haldeman (The Forever War) examines the differences and similarities between human and nonhuman nature as his protagonists face possible destruction. Superb storytelling and a panoramic view of history recommend this novel to most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Russell Sutton
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Owns a marine research company; does not accept jobs from the military.
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Jack Haliburton
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Close to retirement; U.S. Navy admiral.
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"The Changeling"
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Spent thousands of years in the Earth's oceans before coming to land in 1931; able to imitate any object.

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Able to take the shape of any human; has become the world's richest man; kills without conscience; much older than the "Changeling".



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