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I am a huge Alan dean Foster fan and here is one of his books from his Commonwealth series.
You are transported to the lush tropical world of Senisran ( a bit like the Maldives but over the whole planet ) where the islands are all paradises and the seas are vivid greens and blues.
The two main characters to this story are Pulickel and Fawn who have been tasked with the job of getting the natives of this world to sign a treaty with the commonwealth.
The natives however are unconcerned with the treaty and seem naively unaware of the protection a treaty with the commonwealth could provide from other more malevolent and untrustworthy species who also live in and around the universes. chief among these are the Ann, an insectoid species equal and on par with the commonwealth but a very agressive species who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals and desires. And the Ann are interested in
Why are the Senisrans unconcerned about the Ann or the commonwealth? are they so naive or ignorant or backward or do they know something Pulickel and Fawn and the rest of the universe doesnt know?
What is their secret? what have the strange glowing stones got to do with there blase confidence?
soon Pulickel and Fawn find them selves deep in trouble as the Ann choose to 'dispose' of them. but then, where has the Ann assassination team gone?
Sorry no more i've said enough...
This is a fantastic read.
The descriptive powers of Mr foster are superb, from the oceans and many of the creatures contained within, to the islands, their flora and fauna. it all really pulls you in and gives the book a wow factor. The revelation surrounding the stones are quite something and whilst you could guess a little about them the true power of the stones is written so well i was hoping there might be another book around this planet but sadly the Commenwealth it seems is too big to stay in one place and there are in Alans mind far more stories to enthrawl the readers with. As with all of Alans books the characters are all fully fleshed out and it is easy to identify and empythise with them. The pace of the story never slackens and the twists and turns are uncomplicated and fun to follow.
A wonderfully imaginative read and one I have read twice through, you will enjoy this book I am sure.
The book stuff:
Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books