Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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They start out as interesting, independent, big thinkers but then just dwindle away in importance. This second-half story stagnation hurts the characters as well.

Two shapeshifters’ inevitable journey to confront one another [s]. While it Two shape-shifting aliens of different species have been secretly been living on Earth for centuries, unaware of each other’s existence.

This book shouldn’t win any awards. Published August by Ace first published August The story moves right along, helped by Haldeman’s clear and concise prose, but I was only mildly interested in the changeling’s initial slow experimentation with how humans functioned.

It was great right up until the end, where it felt like the author cajouflage decided he was tired of all the intrigue and just killed the book with a contrived showdown that was the most predictable ending that could have taken place. The human-loving alien fights the human-hating immortal and wins “Godzilla vs.


Not that I blame him. There can only be one Oct 27, Thom rated it really liked it.

Review: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

There’s also a third character, a similar being called the chameleon who, unlike the changeling, loves killing and competition rather than analysis and mimicry, but that character isn’t fleshed out and seems present only to build tension. Each week, our camouflsge select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in jof Pro Connect email alert.

Both the Changeling and the Chameleon were drawn to the site where the unknown artifact is being examined. What’s the Name o The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms.

I generally like Joe Haldeman, but this book was a bit of a disappointment.


One day Admiral Jack Halliburton walks in with an intriguing proposal — recover a military sub that has gone down in the Tonga trench near Samoa, a project that is code-named Poseidon.

At last, her spaceship traps “Jack,” and, revealing her true self large, shimmering, ca,ouflage, “inhumanly beautiful”she tells Russ that she must leave. The Empire Strikes Back.

Haldeman does avoid dragging out embarassing scenes, which I appreciated. Long famouflage humans evolved, it hid in the depths of the ocean, and then eventually left a portion of itself behind with its ship and send a portion out to explore.

Scifi published or earlier shapeshifting creature in seaside town kills someone takes their place later prefers being a female human. But the inevitable showdown seemed scripted for the big screen, and the ending as contriv Though a compelling read, the end did not deliver.


I wouldn’t say it finds any deep insights into the human condition, but it does a good job of highlighting why humans may be interesting and hoe for such a shapeshifter. Those opening chapters mean I can’t give 5 stars – but this is a very comfortable The rest of the book moves slowly and bores to frustration.

Some galdeman done and interesting exposition, mind you, but nothing more. Meanwhile, two alien beings are on Earth – and have been for untold time, changing their shape, way of being – and largely unaware of who and what halseman are.

This book is well written and I enjoyed the inherent ethics in it. There’s a vapid movie in the cinemas now [referring to Alien vs. The Year’s Best Edition. It’s clear that some tools were overused, others used in the wrong spot and others still in the wrong ways.

Wagner Support SF Reviews. Camouflage is a fast-paced combination of a hard-SF engineering problem and a course in applied anthropology.