Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it. So the government turns to marine biologist Russell Sutton for help.
Meanwhile, unknown to any of them, two creatures have wandered the earth for generations. The aliens have no knowledge of each other, but possess a residual memory of the artifact - and an affinity for deep water. One, which calls itself the changeling, has survived by adaptation, by taking on many different forms: man, woman, snake, shark. The other, which calls itself the chameleon, has survived solely by destroying anything or anyone that threatens it.
Now, finally brought up from the bottom of the sea, the artifact calls to them both...to come home. For all these generations there have been two invincible creatures on Earth. But the chameleon has decided there's only room for one.
A novel of human and inhuman nature, Camouflage will take you to the depths of the sea, to the limit of man's imagination - and beyond.
©2005 Joe Haldeman; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2005
"Haldeman trips through history wearing alien goggles but his message is all about human nature." (Entertainment Weekly)
An extremely intelligent thriller." (Washington Post)
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This book is one of those where you will have to suspend your beliefs to enjoy it. The idea of two immortals that end up on earth a very long time ago and as humanity evolves decides to partake in society (one brutal, one less so) and how the two entities find each other....an engaging story. Its sort of disturbing that you know that the humans can do nothing about the situation - only the two entities. It leaves you feeling a bit helpless.
But I liked the story. It is a quick read will keep you entertained.
I like how the story was written... it did jump around a little more than your typical sci-fi book, but nothing to bad and actually made the story a bit better to listen to. Towards the end you kind of figure out how it is going to end though. Which for me was a bit of a let down.
I really can't think of a different book to compare this to... it's kind of got it's own flavor that you really can't quite figure out.
Not really... but it takes quite a lot for me to want to listen to a book all in one sitting.
This was an excellent book, keeping me riveted right up until the final 10 minutes or so of the recording. I might describe the story as a mash-up between "Forrest Gump", "Contact", and "Rendezous With Rama", if you can imagine that. Right up until the final scene, I could hardly put it down! Unfortunately, the book turns very cliche at the end. I would have given it 5 stars without hesitation if not for the ending. Without giving anything away, I felt it was very "Disney-esque", with a little "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" thrown in (if you hated the way that movie ended, you might feel the same about this ending). Everything is resolved WAY too quickly, with a heavy dose of deus ex machina. I do recommend it, just because it's such an enjoyable ride, but in my opinion the author just got lazy at the end. It could have been much better.
The "artifact" is little more than a side show in this book. It does little more than exist until the not so exciting conclusion. The only excitement this book delivers, notwithstanding the obligatory half dozen wham-bam-thank-you-mam sex scenes, the gratuitous violence, the travel log to near and distant places, and a short history of the late 20 the century, comes into focus about half way through the book. At this point, it is hinted that there might be a clash of two non-related, super humans. What the clash may or may not be about or what the winner would win is never actually developed because the usual pattern of three clashes is condensed to one quick skirmish of the super humans. Then, just when the long expected clash is finally at hand one of the super human realizes that the parking meter on their spacecraft (AKA the artifact) has expired.
Stop everything! So sorry, we are out of quarters, we'll have to finish this fight at home. Goodbye.
The narration was professional, which is more than I can say for Camouflage by Joe Haldeman.
Avid audiobook addict!
Excellent writing, very thought provoking. The best science fiction audiobook I've ever downloaded!
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
Yes! Different than any other story I've read in a long time.
I like the Changeling and his mission to understand and become more human. I wish I could hear more about his "adventures". I liked the way it was studied and was interested in why people and groups of people act the way they do was very intriguing story line. The Bataan Death March section was the most interesting. It seeing and wanting to understand why the Japanese treated the Service Men the way they did, but also concluding that he never again wanted to kill indiscriminately.I also liked the contrast of the Chameleon. However, I wish we could have delved deeper into his story so we could see more of his beginnings.
I though he did a great job.
Yes. In fact I was sad when I had to get out of my car. I even listened at lunch.
Humanization of changeling
The changeling went through many lives before it discovered what love is. It, the changeling, began the story by killing a human as it came out of the sea, where it had been living as a great white shark, a killer whale, and other denizens of the deep for a million years. It was immortal and unkillable but vulnerable. It could be seriously injured, but its nature was immortality.It spent so much time roaming the oceans that it had forgotten its past and didn’t know where it came from.After killing its first human and taking over the persona of its victim, it began learning the meaning of being a human. At one point, it had a graphic sexual encounter with its nurse, then injured another woman while attempting forced anal intercourse, and then took an active part in a homosexual incident. Later, it decided to carry on as a woman.Finally, while trying to uncovered the mystery of a million-year-old relic that had amazing physical properties, it befriended a man while it was in the guise of a woman, and fell in love.
I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.
I love sci-fi, especially stories about aliens among us. This book did not disappoint on that front.
The main character was well developed, and I was intrigued by its progression through different 20th century situations.
The narrator had a pleasant voice, but clearly needed a Samoan language lesson. I've spent time in both Samoas, and am sorry to say almost every word and phrase was mispronounced. It became annoying to the point of distraction.
No, no extreme reactions to the book. In places, the writing seemed forced and some scenes were predictable. There were also some racy scenes that I just couldn't engage with.
The story took some very interesting turns, but overall fell kind of flat. My guess, without looking at the details, is that this is an early book for a new author - it has that rough-around-the-edges feeling.
Its one of my all-time favorite books and everyone else I recommended it to loved it.
I enjoyed this book, but it involved two different species of alien who both were virtually immortal highly powerful shapeshifters, living on earth. Apparently they represent a substantial portion of alien life out there? I just find that unlikely.
One is evil and one becomes good as a result of earth experiences, which is interesting was not developed as well as it could have been.
So, the book followed the development of one of them on earth (he/she had lost her memory in some unexplained way). That was probably the best part.
Maybe but the science aspect is pretty light.
I'd rather not. He attempts to imitate voices when he reads a book, which is annoying, especially in the extended conversations when he is trying to be a sexy girl.
Yes, I could but that fact doesn't particularly recommend it. They would need to expand the final conflict drama as it is a virtual afterthought and would take about two minutes.
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