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Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

Science Fiction shape changers by Joe Haldeman

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Good Writing and Interesting Story

  • Mar 21, 2009
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I mostly enjoyed this tale of two creatures who take human forms and are able to change their appearance. One is called the Changeling who changes into different people, animals or things. The other is the Cameleon who can change into any person. The Cameleon is a predator who enjoys killing anyone who gets in his way. Both of these creatures have blended into human lives and neither can be killed.

Meanwhile, an artifact has been discovered on the island of Samoa that both these creatures are drawn to. The object is heavier than any known material and appears to be industructable. Both creatures are drawn to the object, the Changling to learn about it since it senses that the object has something to do with its own existance. The Cameleon feels that other creatures like itself may be drawn to the object and he wants to eliminate them as possible competition.

The story of the Changling is told in a fascinating manner through decades where he is a man then a shark then a man again, then sometimes a woman or an object.

The story builds to a showdown between the two creatures, the object and the scientists who are studying it. My only problem with the book is that I felt the author rushed the ending as a matter of fact I had 4 pages left and was thinking there will be a sequel but there was a kind of ending that made me feel that the author could have drawn it out more.

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review by . August 23, 2010
Joe Haldeman writes "hard science fiction" but fortunately, it's not "hard-to-read science fiction." In CAMOUFLAGE, his protagonist is an alien who shape shifts not with the simple special effects, wave your hands, snap your fingers kind of shape shifting like you see in movies and TV, but with more plausible matter-changing that happens more slowly and with more effort.       The changeling, as the nameless protagonist is known, …
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An unidentified artifact, found seven miles below the surface of the sea, stumps the scientists examining it but calls out to the two immortal creatures who have wandered the Earth for centuries, never crossing paths until now.
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ISBN-10: 0441011616 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780441011612 (hbk.)
Author: Joe W Haldeman
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Date Published: August 3, 2004
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