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)
Lawrence R. Spencer, author of "The Oz Factors", "Sherlock Holmes: My Life", "Vermeer-Portraits of a Lifetime" & editor of "Alien Interview"
Meh..... The story and characters have the depth of a soap opera and the printout of a computer program. The basic concept is mildly unique, but quickly degenerates into gratuitous violence and the usual psycho political mayhem of an average network TV show, and/or government as usual. However, it does have an usual ending in that some sanity and justice are imposed. Kudos for "Wesley Crusher" as narrator.
I listened to "Agent to the stars" which I thought was much better.
Yes. Competent, but rushed. It's like he wants to hurry up and finish the story because he has something more important to do, or the soundtrack has to be done within a time deadline.
I hope not.
I mean, that's an easy sell, farting is always funny - until someone gets hurt, or dies laughing.
Even though this book starts off on some very silly notes, it does develop into a very clever scifi novel. It's action packed, and I feel like the ending is a bit over complicated, like perhaps Scalzi was having a hard time wrapping this one up, but it didn't ruin the story. This was a fun listen and an overall feel good narration.
I have not read Mr. Scalzi before but decided to try him out when one of his books was on sale, because they always speak so highly of him on Writing Excuses.
Comedic genius, great pacing, and a knowledge of science and bureaucracy combine to provide a superior read.
Wil Wheaton's masterful narration was a joy, though I wanted to mock his pronunciation of something I forgot what, transported as I was by his storytelling.
Well done all.
This was an average book, nothing special about it. John Scalzi is not for me. I don't understand why people love Wil Wheaton so much, because I didn't think there was anything extraordinary about his narration.
Will Wheaton is second to none when it comes to narrating and the story here will have you intrigued to the end. I'm definitely going to check out more books from this author.
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