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Border Dispute Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace; First Edition edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441000339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441000333
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,510,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having just re-read "Border Dispute", and enjoyed it just as much the second time around - I wanted to see what other people thought of it. Or if there were any mention of a sequel. I was surprised to see that none had reviewed it before.
It is refreshing to read a book wherein the alien is not an appendage to the human, or where the alien could just as easily be "human" - except for being all gussied up in fur/feather/scales with fill-in-the-blank number of claws/tentacles/suction pads.
For me, the main attraction of the novel - and of "Hero", the first in the series - is the issue of being alien. Alien not just in physical appearance and sensory skills, but in culture, attitude, values and self-image. These are considered and maintained in great detail and are intrinsic to both plot and action. It becomes more hard-hitting in that the point-of-view belongs to Indiw, the Ardr fighter pilot stranded in an all-human ship in the middle of an interstellar war.
Don't mistake me - though I am stressing characterisation ... there is mucho action in the novels - how can there not be when the premise of this particular universe is systematic planetary invasion/colonisation - conducted within treaty parameters. There are plenty of exciting "Pit Bull Squadron" space dog fights, these being close to Kerns' heart and his son's airforce background. The alien races' combat styles are also used to highlight how differently they think.
Currently, the Hyos race are the generic baddies. One other alien race is mentioned, the Fornak, hopefully leading up to their more active and detailed presence in subsequent novels.
I tend to use the Amazon customer reviews to gather info on books similar to those I have enjoyed.
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This is one of the only books I've read that has the entire novel told from an alien point of view. It's also a completely immerse and believable fish out of water story where the fish happens to be an alien and the water happens to be a human military vessel. View completely normal things like human relationships, human power struggles and human reactions to extreme situations through the eyes of Indiw, an Ardr pilot whose species developed along completely different lines, whose strong territorial instincts and individualistic evolution makes human social and familial bonding seem nonsensical and dangerous.

Her grasp of that alien POV never slips up, and that is the greatest joy in this book: it feels believable from start to finish. Indiw feels quite real, his emotions genuine. The Ardr dread of humans as pack hunters is reasonable, and their reaction to Indiw's journey through human society believable.

Not only that, but this is a war story. Indiw is a fighter pilot, and the omnibus is littered with some pretty intense action. Space dogfights, close quarters combat and invasions of hostile forces all spice up the social drama and help lend the story life or death stakes for the characters.

The dialogue can feel stilted and unnatural at points, especially when it delves into more emotional discussion between the human characters. However, this does not detract from the story much, and most of the dialogue has a military cadence, appropriate given the setting. The stiffness in the exposition and descriptions just help increase the sense that you are indeed in an alien mind, so that helps add to the tone. The characters are likable, and though combined both novels can't be more than a 300 page book, there's a lot of action packed into it.
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It was pretty good. I just picked it up at the library, and read it cover to cover right there, and couldn't put it down. Parts of it were actually pretty funny. The only problem I really had with the story was that it was focused on the military, which is fine, but it was focused there to the extent that not all the characters were developed as fully as they could have been. But beside that, it was enjoyable light reading.
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