A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.
To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science-fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth.
To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity.
©2006 John Scalzi (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"With plenty of alien gore to satisfy fans of military SF and inventive jabs at pretend patriotism and self-serving civil service, Scalzi delivers an effervescent but intelligent romp." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the second book that I have listened to by John Scalzi performed by Wil Wheaton and I am so captivated by the pace and emotion. Looking for the next one.
I really, really enjoyed it. Especially fun was the way small details, seemingly included for their own amusement value, came together for big payoffs down the road. Great work.
Definitely up there as one of my favourites.
The courtroom scene!
A fast paced, clever and very amusing listen with a great narration, delivered as always, by Wil Wheaton that very quickly immerses you in a wonderfully constructed world of the future.
I looked forward to purchasing this book as I have enjoyed some of John Scalzi's work such as Old Man's War and Fuzzy Nation, but I did not like this book. The bathroom humour and lack of character development make this a difficult book to finish, and one to which I will never return.
What an excellent story you can't go wrong by it right away.
It would be nice to have a part two to know how the rest of the story would end.
Maybe if I actually read the book, rather than listened to the audio version it would have been less confusing. Too many characters with strange names and too much going on.
The first couple of chapters were great and I love how Scalzi can get you into a world that is totally nonexistent and understand it. However, as it went on, it got confusing and kind of boring.
Wil Wheaton was great as a narrator as always.
Overall a decent story. Good plot twists and turns. Loose ends tied up and no forced love story. I got a bit of a Fifth Element vibe, but not in an overwhelming way. As others have commented on...I can't believe an editor let this book be published with the comical amount of "said"s. Perhaps a little research into alternates for said are in order Mr. Scalzi!
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