Between the narrator and the writing, this feels like a mash up of Jim Kirk and Zapp Brannigan from Futurama. I got this because I highly enjoyed Niven & Pournelle's later book Lucifer's Hammer which was set back in the 70's I believe, and the staunch tone and machoism seemed to fit the time. This is set over a century in the future, and characters are terribly out of place.
The first encounter with the aliens, they send 1 man who can't hold his temper and ends up yelling at the top of his lungs because it doesn't respond to his hand gestures or verbal language. Then they completely disregard biological needs or risk of disease/contamination and let the alien into their ship to interract with crew, etc.
The aliens are too similar to us, much like Star Trek's concept of humanoid with some funny ridges and spots added on here and there.
I'd pass on this one, if I had the chance again.
Like many reviewers I found the first half of this book slow and painful to get through. It's kind of nice though because it's an insight into the lifestyle of the 70s, when things like microwave dinners were "high tech".
When the comet finally hits, things get hard and heavy with the quickness.
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