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)
Quirky and an easy listen. Humorous in parts and immediately engrossing. I really enjoy this narrator and became a fan after hearing him do Ready Player One.
i think the performance by Wil Wheaton has made the listening so much entertaining and funny.
excellent as always.
this book was very entertaining with great voices for each character, quick, snarky humor, and imaginative plot line. highly recommend it to those who like sarcasm and Sci fi.
the author uses God d***it way too much. there are better ways to express the intent without deliberately offending Christians by taking The Lord's name in vane. I would have give 5/stars if not for this fact.
yes, I never guessed where any of this book was going. so NEW. great.
sheep, what is a sheep lol
the sheep, has to be the sheep. I mean really, it just has to be.
the whole thing just GLOB SMACKED me. love this book.
MORE PLEASE, I will be rereading this one a time or two. thanks.
Everything. He's Great.
It was Hard to rate this book. The Story was really good and well told. The performance was great! The Problem is that the author needs to study how to write dialogue. He uses
"(Character Name) said"
after every single line of dialogue. Horrible craft. It makes the book really, Really hard to listen to. It's a damn shame too. The poorly handled dialogue takes away from what, otherwise, is a funny, interesting, adventurous tale that keeps you turning pages.
You know that crazy lady in "Misery" by Stephen King that finds her favorite author and kidnaps him and forces him to write a book for her? I want to do that with John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton. I'm not sure which one of them I can't get enough of, but I need MORE. MORE awesome books, MORE perfect narrating....MORE, MORE, MORE.
I really have enjoyed John Scalzi's stories. This one is another enjoyable one off that is humorous and enjoyable. Wil Wheaton also does an excellent job with the narration as he has in other Scalzi novels.
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