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The USA has always offered opportunity to repressed peoples of other lands. But it wasn't about to extend that to these creatures!
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Around the world small groups of people scan space for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, but what are they supposed to do when they find it? And if it comes from only just beyond the orbit of Pluto and the senders are heading this way what should they do? Tell the President, that's what, even though it's a new President in the first week of office.

And what that President really, really doesn't want to hear is that there is a huge force of alien beings on the way and they're asking that North America be depopulated so they can take it over and live there.

Naturally, the answer is 'no way'. So the aliens demonstrate that they have the power to take whatever isn't given freely - in less than ten seconds they wipe the city of Portland, Oregon, off the map. The President decides, after countering strong objections in a more than ruthless way, to fight back, setting the world on a path that leads inevitably to the biggest air battle it has ever seen.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   air battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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