Lerner has come up with a good twist on the traditional first contact type story, which is refreashing in and of itself.
The book is well written and the plot interesting. What if earth were discovered by what amounts to a tramp freighter from an
advanced civilization. In some ways very much like some small island cultures 1st had contact with the outside world in the
18th and 19th centuries. And suppose like those encounters the crew and passengers see an oppertunity to make a quick buck at
the expense of the primitives. But this time with something far worse than just cheating the natives with unfair trading.
Only a couple of the characters in the story are well developed. The rest seem very cardboard.
The story seems to really just plod along in some places.
While the aliens are alien enough is appearance, their thinking isn`t. But having radically different aliens think like humans is
a very common flaw in almost all science fiction. But it brings up something else.
The aliens seem to be ripped off (pretty blatantly ripped off at that) from one of L. Neil Smith`s more obscure sci-fi novels
"Their Majesties` Bucketeers" published by Del Ray in 1981.
Overall it`s a decent book. Not great by any means, but worth reading. I posted the review with four stars, but it`s really more like
three and one half stars.