Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , a mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on Camouflage – Kindle edition by Joe Haldeman. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. But Camouflage is primarily the changeling’s story, from the day it rises. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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Two aliens have haldemaj Earth for centuries. The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms. The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens it. Now, a sunken relic that holds the key to their origins calls to them to take them home—but the Chameleon has decided there’s only room for one.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Accidental Time Machine. Forever Peace Forever War. Editorial Reviews From Booklist Camkuflagea mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on the ocean floor off the coast of Samoa.

Denser than any known halddman, the object defies all attempts to either break through or communicate with it. Marine biologist Russell Sutton, whose last major feat was raising the Titanictakes charge of the excavation, hoping to make a fortune by capitalizing on the artifact’s probable extraterrestrial origin. Sutton little suspects that his destiny will soon intertwine with a pair of shape-shifting–and apparently immortal–aliens.

One, known as the changeling, has been on Earth millions of years, assuming haldemwn identity from shark to human being, and slowly learning to love.


The other, called the chameleon, has excelled in warlike roles and delights in killing. Neither knows of the other’s existence, but their slowly merging paths will meet in a stunning climax that determines their ultimate fates–and that of the artifact.

Award-winning sf veteran Haldeman proves as engaging a storyteller as ever, especially given this book’s irresistible premise and page-turning action. Haldeman trips through history wearing alien goggles but his message is all about human nature. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Ace; Reprint edition Halveman 26, Publication Date: July 26, Sold by: Is this feature helpful?

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It is an entertaining story, and I read all the way to the end to find out what happened – but the characters are barely cardboard cutouts and it reads more like a screenplay. Two shape-shifting aliens have been roaming the Earth for millenia, imitating whatever life forms are most beneficial for ca,ouflage survival, mostly humans for the last few centuries.

The book jumps back and forth between their pasts, especially in World War II, and the future where a mysterious object has been found buried in a deep ocean trench under million-year old coral. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am reading the Nebula Award winning novels in chronological order. This is the winner for I read this book very quickly, partly because I had insomnia one night, but mostly because the book is very interesting. Also, haodeman has short chapters which make you think to yourself: I’ll just read one more.

But then there’s one more after that, and one more after that. Pretty haldwman, you’re done. I liked camouflagr three interspersed timelines, one for the current time where people are examining the artifact, one for the evil Camouflage, and one for the increasingly halde,an Changeling.

Each of these stories is interesting in its own right, although Camouflage is less developed than the others. There are some unresolved issues at the end of the book and they do nage at me, but not enough for me to downgrade my rating. This book deserves the Nebula.

One person found this helpful. Most First Contact books are about the First Contact as seen from the human perspective, but this book has the distinction of being from the alien perspective, which I found refreshing.

The book follows the story of this shape shifting alien that finds itself on Earth, starts with learning how to impersonate a human, and ends learning how to be human.

There’s a much underdeveloped parallel story of another analogue shape shifting alien who, placed in the same situation, follows a different path. The dichotomy would have been nice had it been better developed, but the second alien gets very little time and character development. Readers hoping the book is about the mystery of the 2 aliens and therefore expect some resolution or revelation will be disappointed, the book is about the characters, the mystery behind the aliens is explored very little and never truly resolved.

This makes the ending feel rushed and unsatisfactory. This was the first of Haleman’s stories that I have tried – and I listened to it instead of reading it. The sex and violence it it were integral to the story – for instance, when the changeling first turned into a person, how is it to know what’s inside one without opening it.


Able to replicate the outward appearance of anything, the thing can exactly duplicate all human functions, but it has to understand the anatomy. The story held my interest for almost the length of the book, but it took a surreal turn toward the end, which I am still not sure that I like, so only four stars this time, but I will try at least one more Haldeman book. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A strange alien artifact is found at the bottom of the ocean and You say you have read that same plotline?

Yeah, but not like Haldeman tells it. In Haldeman’s hands the story is fresh, thanks to his creation of two very different from each other as well as from humans aliens who quite possibly could be immortal. Both have been around long enough to have greeted mankind’s first descent out of the trees.

One has lived in the ocean, passing time as a great white shark, a killer whale and a dolphin until he she? The other has much more experience with the human race and the concept of war.

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When the artifact is discovered and taken to Samoa, the stage is set for the aliens and a small group of researchers to finally meet. But don’t assume you can guess where the story goes from there. Haldeman is a master of taking readers’ expectations and turning them upside down and inside out.

He also tells the story in such straight-forward writing that you don’t realize until you’ve finished the book that it was far deeper than you first thought. This is definitely one of those books I’ll be saving to read again See all reviews.

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