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    Alan Dean Foster(Author)

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The Amplitur searched the universe for intelligent species to join them in the Amplitur Purpose. But the Weave, a union of races, fought for thousands of years to stay independent. Now a Weave scouting party had discovered Earth, and humanity had to pick sides, for the Amplitur were close behind.

Subtitled Book One of the Damned , Foster's ( Glory Lane ) latest novel never achieves credibility. The projectively telepathic race of Ampliturs has conceived of a Purpose, which will be revealed when all the sapient races of the galaxy are united. Using either logic, subversion or, reluctantly, force, they have recruited each new race they have encountered, then used mental persuasion and genetic engineering to turn those races into allies. The Weave, a coalition of peoples that do not want to be assimilated, has been fighting them for centuries when a Weave exploratory ship stumbles across the Earth. Humans are just beginning to learn to be peaceful; how will they react to a request by aliens to fight other aliens? In order to credit this scenario, readers must accept a very skewed future universe: of all the planets with intelligent life, only Earth is tectonically active, with violent weather and more than one land mass; only humans have more than one language, fight within their own species and are, for some reason, immune to the Amplitur telepathy. The writing is crisp, but cannot make up for the burden these contrivances place on the story. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. YA-- This promising new series depicts galactic warfare on a grand scale, encompassing untold numbers of races and worlds on both sides, and lasting hundreds of years. The Amplitur, a telepathically manipulative race, attempts to convert to its nebulous purpose all sentient life through the use of persuasion, threats, and genetic manipulation. The Weave, a not-always harmonious coalition of races, has taken up arms in an attempt to pursue its own destinies. Because of the basic aggressive nature of Earthlings, the Weave recruit individuals to use as warriors in their battle against the Amplitur. Will Dulac, New Orleans composer and teacher, is the first. As in Nor Crystal Tears (1985) and Midworld (1987, both Ballantine), Foster has created a believable universe and peopled it with exotic races and memorable characters. A readable, well-crafted science-fiction adventure.- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax, VACopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Alan Dean Foster(Author)
  • Legend; paperback / softback edition (1992)
  • English
  • 6
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Mystery loves history on November 20, 2014

    This is an interesting premise. So many Sci-Fi books and movies, begin with the idea that aliens visiting earth are doing so either to conquer us or to improve our society. This does neither. In fact, the aliens here don't want us to change much; all they want is our military fighting ability, but they are too "civilized" to fight their enemy. The fact that the enemy in question would automatically be our enemy also simply because if it is one thing humans abominate above all others, it is being controlled and given no choice to obey...

  • By vetle on December 21, 2016

    Alright book. Fun in the neginning, though the main character is a bit of a prick. The human one i mean. It stopped being interesting to me when the 'moral' of the story turned out to be "humans love war". Especially since the human protagonist turns on his own morals at the end as je'd struggled with what turned out be 'the human instinct for war' the entire story.

  • By Patrick G. Morton on December 28, 2017

    Excellent book, fun read, but a couple of plot holes and story fillers.

  • By Drew Petersen on November 3, 2002

    I'm truly surprised someone hasn't made a movie on this story. It's got everything an epic adventure needs.It was a page turner from beginning to end. Suffice it to say that by the end of the novel, neither the Weave, the Amplitur, nor the Earth, will ever be quite the same again.I'm off to pick up the second volume to see what happens next.I must say I loved the heavies, the Amplitur. Surrender to them is a fate worse than death as you'll find out in the novel. I think they were definately used as a model for future villain races in Star Trek and Bab5.

  • By Guest on April 21, 2016

    First contactWhat if aliens visit Earth, and find humans too combative? The first man they meet insists that warfare is behind them; they would not join to fight another species, even if it tried to conquer them. The human, Will Dulac, is a composer and professor who insists any tests will confirm his assertion. But contradicting that, we dedicate many resources to weapons and warfare. Incredibly, all agree to study the situation from concealment.This alien coalition is based on division of labor- some build weapons, others heal, but only a few are warlike enough to defend this ‘Weave’ from attackers. The aliens debate whether they need humans to fight a rampaging enemy:“They might also destroy themselves utterly,” Said Caldaq. “There are indications they may yet do that.”The Hivistahm gestured elaborately. “Truly. And if we intercede, if they come to know the Weave and share all that it stands for, that will not be permitted to come to pass. They to destroy themselves will not be allowed. [SP]” (p. 165)The book introduces different aliens at this secret base while they expand, study TV broadcasts, teach their language to Will, and finally decide. Strangely, no government suspects a thing, as the aliens shuttle to and from their ship in space. Even when they trade with outsiders, the secret remains safe. That stretches credulity. (I count off one star for them.)The story has no episodes of strategy, space battles, or small-unit actions to support or refute Will’s arguments. (Count off another star)At the end, Foster leaves me thinking humanity is unlike any of thousands of other species.

  • By Mike on October 23, 2013

    I have read this book so many times my original fell apart so I had to get a new one lol!!

  • By James C. Poland on December 26, 2012

    I enjoyed the first book of this series enough that I'm going to pick up the next one. It's a fresh look at first contact for humans and as such, has some interesting insights into our society. It's just a tad dated from a political standpoint but not enoug to detract from the story.

  • By father2block on October 3, 2015

    Great classic Sci-fi book.


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