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I first read this on the 16th July 2002.
An alien spacecraft crash-lands in New York and the world is dragged into the middle of
an interstellar alien war.
The problem of course, is that we really don't know which side we should be on.
Colonel Robert Haywood of Air Force Intelligence is quickly on the spot to investigate
the initial crash and in a spirit of international co-operation teams up with the
lovely Soviet intelligence analyst Nadia Andrianova. Together they help to plan
humankind's strategy to steer a safe path between warring alien fleets.
Secret trips to the moon, attacks on Antarctic bases and the obliteration of Denver
fill up the pages in this entertaining and exciting (but old-fashioned) action
novel for teenage boys.
Well it was readable and fun, and there's a little bit of a twist to the plot, classic
teenage SF but not an SF classic. Oh, and the aliens are really ugly.
Harry Harrison, has of course done much better work: "The Stainless Steel Rat" and
"Make Room! Make Room!" (made into the memorable movie "Solyent Green") to name but two.
This edition included some superb, and superbly corny, illustrations, copyright
Evan Ten Broeck Steadman. The illustrator has clearly gone to some effort, and with
some success, to depict just how repulsively ugly these aliens are.
Loaded on the 19th August 2002.