Del Rey, Jan 2005. 26.95, 608 pp.
The Race as they call themselves travel the twenty light years distance from their planet to invade earth, which is preoccupied with World War II. However, the locals proved adaptive and managed to stop the intruders though the Race was never fully driven off planet (see WORLD WAR: IN THE BALANCE).
Over two decades later, a shaky truce has held up between the Race and the humans. However, humans refer to the Race in derogatory terms as "Lizards" while the aliens call their “hosts” the “Big Uglies". Tension has recently mounted as the Race realizes that the Big Uglies are technologically advancing at a rate that they will pass them shortly. Proof of that is the stunning launch of the Commodore Perry, an armed human space vessel faster than the speed of light, allegedly on a diplomatic mission heading to the Race's home planet. Though diplomats are on board, Sam Yeager (see WORLDSTAR) is too and he nuclear razed Indianapolis without a second thought. The earthbound Race ponders whether to annihilate the planet to halt human advances.
The tale contains a large tedious diplomacy subplot.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner