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Baker & Taylor
Assigned to be the liaison between Earth and the aliens in a gigantic starship who claim to represent a federation of intelligent races, Kyle Gustafson becomes suspicious about the aliens' peaceful intentions.

Blackwell North Amer
The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth. The F'thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth's ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prospective membership.
The F'thk are overtly friendly but very private-- "Information is a trade good." As Earth's scientists struggle to understand their secretive appraisers, odd inconsistencies emerge. As troubling as those anomalies is the re-emergence of a bit of insanity humanity thought it had outgrown: Cold War and nuclear saber-rattling.
The Galactics' arrival may signify the start of a glorious new era, or it may presage the cataclysmic end of human civilization. Which outcome do the aliens really desire ... And what will they do if humanity refuses to play its assigned role?

& Taylor

Assigned to be the liaison between Earth and the aliens in a gigantic starship who claim to represent a federation of intelligent races, Kyle Gustafson begins to become suspicious about the aliens' peaceful intentions and joins forces with an alien ally, regarded as a freak among her own kind, to stop a potential conspiracy.

Simon and Schuster
Kyle Gustafson had been doing work he loved, with the space program, anemic though it was, until disaster struck and a shuttle was lost on takeoff. There had to be a fall guy, and Kyle was picked-but a few months later, the American space program instantly became a quaint relic when aliens in a gigantic starship orbited the moon and made contact with Earth. They said that they represented a vast federation of intelligent races and they hoped that Earth would prove eligible to join the Federation. Kyle found himself back in good favor, picked to interface with the alien representatives sent to Earth. But there were a few false notes in the utopian front the aliens presented. Surveillance and other satellites were disappearing from orbit in a way that might have made the Americans suspect the Russians and the Russians suspect the Americans, except that each was aware of the other side's disappearances. And when the aliens began handing out small objects of alien art to world leaders as tokens of friendship, Kyle became suspicious. Technicians investigated and found that the items were actually listening devices. Worse, odd events were happening all over the world which seemed deliberately planned to provoke the U.S. and Russia into war, possibly even a nuclear holocaust. Were the aliens trying to get Earth to wipe itself out? And why? Kyle would find that he had an ally among the aliens, but one who was regarded as a freak by her own kind. Her influence was limited, but Kyle had to find a way out of the crisis before the world exploded in nuclear flames, or else the aliens grew impatient and decided to do the job themselves. . . .

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2005
ISBN: 9780743498852
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 25 cm

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