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Humanity isn't alone in the Galaxy anymore, Aliens have arrived and have a "Good News - Bad News" greeting. "The Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans—for a price." It turns out the Posleen, a Centaur like species is your worst nightmare ... imagine a hungry Australian Saltwater Croc crossed with a fine thoroughbred racehorse ... armed with weaponry more advanced then an M1 Abrams tank and fusion power and all has is dinner on its mind. When Posleen asks "How to serve mankind" they aren't being altruistic ... but rather Epicurean. Humanity's friendly Galactic alien "Paul Revere" warn of the Earth of the impending invasion, but they aren't altruistic either. They are willing to help Humanity ... for a Price. Now humans are out on three worlds, Earth, and two that the Posleen have already landed upon ... committed to their mission is to defend the alien residents and repel the invaders. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, all against the background of Galactic Corporate back stabbing and double dealing.
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The review of this Book prepared by Buz Ozburn

Starts out as a first contact with friendly aleins. Michael left the military years ago, but finds himself in the thick of things based on friendship with a General Officer and a mutual interest in science fiction. Turns out the fiendly aleins aren't very good fighters, and the bad aleins are taking over, and Earth is right in the way of the invasion fleet.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s) If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   lasers    -   spaceship battles    -   air battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   neutral aliens    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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