The Legend That Was Earth by James P. Hogan

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They've eased our problems. They've raised our standards of living. Their science has shown us that everything we thought we knew about the universe was wrong. And now the alien Hyadeans' high-tech gifts and their flair for social order promise to make a paradise of planet Earth.

To us, the Hyadeans seem a model of efficiency and clear thinking. But in Hyadean eyes, Earth's culture wallows in imagination and dreams, artforms and concepts which would never have occurred to a citizen of their world. To some of the aliens, this demonstrates Earth's backwardness; others are increasingly fascinated by us.

But when a political assassination plunges his life into chaos, wealthy socialite and "fixer" Roland Cade discovers the dark underbelly of the alien presence. Our government obeys them. Our economy serves their wealthy masters. And the CounterAction "terrorists" on the news are truly fighting for freedom for Terrans and Hyadeans alike -- and one of them is his ex-wife.

Soon Cade is caught up in a terrifying adventure that will take him around the globe, and a conflict that will threaten to destroy the world as it turns American against American -- and Hyadean against Hyadean. Cade will find friends in unexpected places, among the agents of CounterAction, and among the aliens themselves. But he will also face deadly enemies closer than he ever could have feared....


About James P. Hogan

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James P. Hogan was born in London on June 27, 1941. He left school at the age of sixteen and eventually began an intensive, broad-based five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering. He worked as a design engineer for several companies before moving to sales. He started writing science fiction books in the 1970s and became a full-time writer in 1979. He wrote 30 fiction and non-fiction books during his lifetime including Inherit the Stars, Voyage from Yesteryear, and Kicking the Sacred Cow. He won three Seiun-sho awards, which were voted for by Japanese science fiction fans. He died suddenly on July 12, 2010 at the age of 69.
Published October 1, 2000 by Baen. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Marie, after divorcing Roland, joined revolutionaries who believe the U.S. government fails to put the interests of the American citizenry above financial gain.) Once Roland and Marie are reunited, politics and reignited passions drive Roland to uncover the truth behind a government-ordered assa...

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