I could really divide this book up into three parts. The first
part is consistent with the last book, where nothing much happened.
The characters went about their business, day by day, month by month,
with very little happening to them. Once again, it makes the war
seem more realistic, and shows how long it is actually going on, but it
doesn't make for great reading.
The second part is the invasion of Britain. This part was
done really well, I thought. The ultimatum from the British before
they dragged out the mustard gas seemed perfectly British. It had
me wondering what could be worse than any of the weapons they were employing
now, but I had forgotten my World War I history.
The battle was hard fought by both sides, but the British had
more to lose, so they fought harder. And the effects on the British
by the gas could be seen very well, also. It lowered morale of the
lizards, but the effect on the British soldiers was almost as bad, even
as they were releasing the stuff.
The third part marks a turning point in the war. The humans
are finally able to strike back, but at a price I'm not sure they want
First, the Chinese, led in part by Liu Han, learn that the lizards
like creature shows, so they hide bombs in the cages of the beetles, monkeys,
etc., and maim the lizards there. But they don't have the technical
expertise of the Western world.
After Russia set off its nuclear bomb at the end of the last
book, the lizards were stopped for a while. They didn't know how
to deal with it. Now, two more human-built bombs have been exploded
in Europe, and two more in the USA. The lizards decided to retaliate
bomb for bomb.
So now one Russian city has been destroyed, four German cities,
one Italian, five American , and one Japanese city have fallen to
these "new" bombs. I can see how both sides will probably become
desperate by the next book -desperate for some sort of solution.
One thing I'm glad was cleared up in this book was Jens Larssen.
He was very annoying, and I don't know if I could stand any more of him.
Let him be killed, or reconciled, I thought. I like the way it was
done, too. Finally, it's over. However, I thought Larssen should
have pointed out that the city he went to check out should be set up as
an alternate site of production. If the Lizards ever discovered Denver's
secret, or if they decided to bomb it by way of retaliation, the entire
nuclear team and capability of the US would be destroyed. Better
to have two or more sites where production could be concealed.
The other characters had minor roles so far. I don't like
either the Jewish fighting leader's plot or the Lodz, Soviet Union, plot.
I find them unnecessary, so far, anyway. And they are quite dull.
I thought Gordova was an interesting character in the earlier books, but
now she's become dull, too, perhaps because of the city she's now in.
Two minor characters that did some interesting stuff were Jager
and Ussmak. But both seem to be shuffled wherever the plot needs
them. Being soldiers, I guess that makes sense. But it feels
like they are being used only because they are familiar characters, not
because they in particular are needed.
I can't figure out why the lizards would put any of their troops
in Siberia. Take over the rest of the world, then come back for the
Siberians. But it led to an interesting plot point that I'm sure
will come back to haunt the lizards in the final book. This one should
Gearing up for the finale, I wonder how events will play out,
and what sort of arrangement they must come up with, especially with the
lizard colonization fleet still on its way.