The third episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.
CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe's missions are fated to cross—and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.
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Scalzi s hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man s War series is an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart. The human Colonial Union has lost the trust of neighboring worlds due to allegations that it s been delaying Earth s technological development so it can farm Earth for colonists and soldiers. When the Polk, a Union ambassadorial starship, is obliterated while on a secret diplomatic mission with the alien Utche, the Union sends in a B-team rebellious and unorthodox Lt. Harry Wilson, meek diplomatic assistant Hart Schmidt, and aggressive ambassador Abumwe to seal negotiations and discover who (or what) destroyed the Polk. Scalzi injects the thrilling wonder of escapist science fiction with the painful despair of human betrayal and selfishness, focusing as much on conflicts of the heart as on warring alien civilizations. First released as digital serial installments, the book s chapters reverberate with cliffhanger suspense, building and resolving a central conflict while building on more complex story arcs. Deeply realized characters and stinging webs of political and social deceit lend mystery and emotionally harsh realism to a thrilling setting of deep space and distant worlds.
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Oh, this is fun!
Scalzi puts characters we met in the first episode of this series into a difficult position and we get to watch them SQUIRM! Devilish fun that hints at more of the same to come.
Astonishingly quick read
The B Team, or part of it, is back again with a new assignment to complete a tricky negotiation with the Bula. Ambassador Abume is just starting when.....
Oh, you don't really expect to get the whole story in this short 30 minute read do you? One wouldn't expect to get an e-book for a dollar but still this is the third "book" in this series and the second "book" that reads like a short chapter.
I like the author, have all of his previous work, and had high hopes for this new approach. However, at this rate a full $8 paperback "story" will take a year and $52. I suggest you go find something else to read and wait for the publisher to put it together into a real book. I'm very disappointed that it doesn't give me at least a few hours of enjoyment.
You people would complain if you were with a new rope. Get a life!!