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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
A government official gets a strange request. Will he secretly meet with a representative of a foreign power? Intrigued, he sets up a meeting. Only this is a meeting unlike anything he could ever have imagined. The representative tells him he has traveled over 24 trillion miles from a planet named Xyrpta. But, that isn’t the only surprise. The representative and his people are not the actual inhabitants of Xyrpta but have been altered to look like humans to better blend in. After a team is formed to coordinate such a relationship they soon learn of a new threat. Their new friends have led their own arch enemy from their solar system to Earth. The new aliens, to escape the harsh environment of their own planet, plan to destroy civilization, and then colonize Earth with their own people. Earth governments know they must do something quickly and with the help of their new alien friends, begin to plan on how to halt this invasion containing gunships and thousands of nuclear missiles hurtling towards Earth. They plan to use a network of laser-laden satellites to intercept the on-coming missiles. Will they be successful? Can Earth’s populace, with the help of their new alien friends, survive or will they succumb to a more advanced, brutally vicious planetary invader?
This is not your typical space opera. It is a well-written tale, very well done. I quickly liked Blide's writing style with the human-alien interactions. The story has everything, from politics, to war and peace, with some science, religion, and human relations all thrown in the mix. Vivid character descriptions and other circumstances give the reader a look at what might be with some major hardships and grave situations. The story has a conclusion that is very good. Lovers of good Sci-Fi will certainly enjoy it.