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Camouflage | [Joe Haldeman]

Camouflage

The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from.

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Randi 12-26-11
    Randi 12-26-11
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    "lukewarm"
    What did you like best about Camouflage? What did you like least?

    It started out as very interesting and then just turned into a romance novel. It doesn't qualify as a science fiction or a romance. It just was a washed out version of both. I did finish it, and didn't feel like it was a waste but not my type of book. Too light...


    Would you recommend Camouflage to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend it to any serious SyFi fans or any romance fan.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the performance was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    randolph oakland, CA, United States 12-18-11
    randolph oakland, CA, United States 12-18-11
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    "cheese"
    What would have made Camouflage better?

    a better ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

    maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Michael Summerer?

    not a great performance but a decent effort for what he had to deal with in the naritive


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    allot of great elements but cut allot of corners on the story endend up just being annoying by the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 12-12-11
    Dennis Spring Hill, TN, United States 12-12-11

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    "Builds up to Exciting Finish"

    This is a very well performed eBook. The story starts with interesting scenario and then gains speed and excitement as it progresses. I plan to buy others by this team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 08-10-11
    Alan 08-10-11

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Not a Steven King but was interesting."

    the story line was easy to follow and guess ahead. Had some features in the story line that was fun to hear how it developed. The ending left me chuckling had it figured before I got to it. At least the language wasn't as bad as some I've heard. Over all it was worth it but not all that exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris liverpool, NY, United States 04-11-11
    chris liverpool, NY, United States 04-11-11
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    "Camouflage disappoints"

    This the third Haldeman novel I have downloaded. I read TMQ on espn and he turned me on to "The Forever War" which was great. "Forever Peace" was terrible, and "Camouflage" had potential. Haldeman to me deeply repressed issues that come through in his work. I am not a fan of having such gratuitus sex in my books. Forever War I felt as though the sex was an integral part of the the story. Depicting how social views can change over time. In "Camouflage" the sex scenes are creepy. I was disappointed through and through, and this will be the last of Haldeman's work I download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-24-09
    Thomas Huntington Beach, CA, United States 01-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read"

    This ranks near the top of my list for well written and well read sci-fi's. It just keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Lot's of fun.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 05-04-09
    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 05-04-09 Member Since 2012

    Book Blogger and Planetary Defense Commander

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    "Dull and unnecessary"

    I bought this because some time ago, I had read 'The Forever War' and enjoyed it, and also because the plot summary sounded interesting. However, there was nothing interesting beyond the summary in the book, and I had to sit through numerous explicit descriptions of sexual encounters.

    10 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 06-25-14
    Saud 06-25-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Fascinating characters"

    This is a story of a shape changing creature which decides to integrate into human society, and has to deal with issues of war, love and another shape changer going around. I don't want to spoil the story, but the ending just seems too convenient and happy. There's also a bunch of sex scenes with the shape changer masquerading as both genders which seem a bit forced.

    For those two flaws, it gets 4 stars in overall and story.

    The narrator did an especially good job with different character accents without making them sound comical.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alain United States 03-12-12
    Alain United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good until the end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Camouflage to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Changeling. Its ability to adapt was fascinating.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end where both characters went into the artifact and departed for Messier 22.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Diggins Seattle, WA USA 04-02-11
    Michael Diggins Seattle, WA USA 04-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Good premise, but falls flat"

    I liked the premise and it was somewhat entertaining, but in the end it fell flat. The writing style is very enjoyable, and I liked the descriptions of the various places and times. The character development wasn't great. I didn't find the main love story to be believable. The ending felt like a cop out. Things were resolved to quickly and easily.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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