Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , a mysterious, egg-shaped artifact is discovered on Camouflage – Kindle edition by Joe Haldeman. Download it once. Camouflage by Joe Haldeman – book cover, description, publication history.

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From my admittedly far from all encompassing experience with Joe Haldeman, he reminds me of a talented handy man struggling with his projects. The changeling borrows biological and job information from a Californian woman, Rae Archer, to apply for a job at Poseidon.

Identity is also on the agenda, particularly gender issues. I camouflave entirely happy to suspend my nitpicks about all of the plot’s little nagging issues at this point and allow myself to get caught up in the flow. Seven miles down, at the bottom of an oceanic trench, reposes a small, metallic, impenetrable object.


The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms. Two immortal, shapeshifting beings journey through time in very different ways, experiencing human life and searching for others like them.

Sep 14, Graham Crawford rated it liked it.

The Chameleon destroys anything or anyone that threatens it. As always, Haldeman delivers a pacy, interesting and thoughtful story. Dec 14, Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing. Neither one knows about the other, nor has either’s existence yet been revealed to humanity.

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Campbell’s “Who Goes There? This is, again, a highlight of the book’s first half, as not only does it keep things new and exciting, but is also used as a form of social commentary in that we’re shown the haaldeman of person the aliens observe they’ll have to become in order to fit in.

The changeling lives in the ocean for millennia, taking the form of a great white sharkkiller whaleor porpoise hhaldeman it explores, and it gradually forgets where it came from. At last, her spaceship traps “Jack,” and, revealing her true self large, shimmering, colorful, “inhumanly beautiful”she tells Russ that she must leave.


It spent thousands of years as microscopic jod in the sea where it landed and left its ship.


There is not too much complicated plot lines so again easy to read. Inthe artifact haldsman Jan’s tests by tapping back. Right at the point where things were threatening to get interesting again, to boot.

All in all, there were a quite a few enjoyable parts of this book, but they don’t really come together very well. It was Josef Mengele’s assistant in the concentration camps at one point, fer cripes sake and, in a nastily cynical turn, later works as a Mossad agent.

A very ‘mainstream thriller’ feel to this novel; it’s enjoyable but not extremely memorable. The mysterious find attracts the alien beings—the ” changeling ” and the “chameleon”—to Samoa, where one halddeman the meaning of the object and the other speculates on its relationship to each of them. One more book like Camouflage and Haldeman will certainly be locked up for theft of the reader’s time.

You cannot make a reactor that can also function as a nuclear bomb; these are two completely different devices. As Rae approaches the artifact, which she now recognizes as her spaceship, Jack Halliburton appears in the room, traps them there, and reveals himself as the chameleon. It attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study computers. In the end camoiflage, Camouflage is an interesting diversion, though my search hzldeman an author I can sink my teeth haleeman – without falling asleep as I read in bed – hakdeman have to continue.

What we do learn of its history is sometimes eye-rollingly arch. Turning back, you smile. Jan 19, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: 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.


Also, the character of the chameleon seemed unnecessary and his whole story, of which there was thankfully little, felt tacked on.

There are far better books in the science-fiction genre more deserving of the Nebula Award than this. In the near future, a mysterious alien artifact reminiscent of that in camouflate is discovered on the ocean floor.

Jack and Russ move their team to ApiaSamoa. Ursula K Le Guin. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it halseman Checkout.

All the weight built up by the story’s first half is too much for mere tools to carry, and a forced and rushed love story at the end hldeman help matters. Wagner Support SF Reviews.

Russell Sutton owns a small but expert marine research company. Preview — Camouflage by Joe Haldeman. Though a compelling read, the end did not deliver. It falls in love with the scientist it planned to use. But Camouflage is primarily the changeling’s story, from the day it rises from the oceans where it has been living as a shark for ages, and encounters human beings for the first time. In the end, if Camouflage were a first novel written by an unknown author and not by Joe Haldeman, renowned SFWA Grand Master, Science Fiction Hall of Fame member, and multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner, not only would it not have won the Nebula Award, it may well have made the rounds of publisher rejections as so many books do.

Slowly over the course of many years, it gains more and more of an understanding of humanity, enough so that it can pass for human, though it can also shift into any creature or mimic any object at any time it needs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.