A Call to Arms (The Damned, Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster

By Alan Dean Foster

For eons, the Amplitur had searched house for clever species, each one of which used to be joyously welcomed to participate within the success of the Amplitur goal. even if it desired to or now not. whilst the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races referred to as the Weave, the aim appeared poised for an excellent breakthrough. however the Weave's marvelous harmony additionally gave it the power to struggle the Amplitur and their reason. And struggle it did -- for hundreds of thousands of years.

Will Dulac was once a brand new Orleans composer who idea the tiny reef off Belize could be the ideal spot to drop anchor and end his most recent symphony in solitude. What he chanced on as an alternative was once a gaggle of alien viewers -- a scouting occasion for the Weave, taking a look. for allies between what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.
Will attempted to persuade the extraterrestrial beings that guy used to be essentially peaceable, for he understood that Human involvement might wreck the race. yet all too quickly, it didn't topic. The Amplitur had came upon Earth...
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Besides the Massood, only the Chirinaldo made decent soldiers, and those dizzy heliox-breathers were poor companions on a blasted battlefield. He adjusted his dress vest and shorts, smoothing out the short gray fur that peered from beneath the hems. The irises of his eyes were a lighter gray, the vertical pupils almost black. At the same time he tried to relax. That was something of a contradiction in terms. A Massood could not really relax. Immaterial on the battlefield, it often kept them from promotion to command positions, where the presence of a calmer S’van was more reassuring.

Even the traditional show of force had failed to convince, serving only to warn them of what was to come and allowing them time to prepare. The Amplitur knew that might be the result, but they tried it anyway. The peoples of the Purpose did not attack without first trying persuasion. They were integrators, not conquerors. Next had come the traditional attempt at subverting the government, through innuendo and bribery carried out by allies who physically resembled the Sspari. The morality of such methods was often questioned, but the Amplitur would do anything to avoid war, that obscene offense against reason.

If necessary, a pill could be taken. Golden eyes studied the vast arc of the transparent wall, pondering the expanse of space outside the ship. Much beauty was to be found in the cascade of stars and worlds, in the iridescent wash of nebulae so like the changing gold and silver patterns that highlighted Amplitur skin. Underspace shifting diffused the shapes beyond, reducing great suns to ethereal blurs of color which only added to their loveliness. Only in the full light of the Purpose could such magnificence be truly appreciated.

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