Monday, February 25, 2013

We Only Need the Heads (Human Division #3), by John Scalzi (author), William Dufris (narrator)

Audible Frontiers, January 2013

This is the third episode in Scalzi's Human Division, and Wilson, Schmidt, and Ambassador Abumwe are back. Abumwe and Schmidt are sent to pinch hit for a suddenly ill ambassador in negotiations with the Bula, seeking agreements on trade and tourism. Wilson, meanwhile, is temporarily assigned to a ship being sent to remove a wildcat colony from a Bula world--and it's in this context we discover the significance of events in Episode #2.

Having a wildcat colony on a Bula world is bad; having a Colonial Defense Forces ship in orbit around that world to deal with the problem is, if anything, worse. Abumwe and her team were picked because of their track record of handling difficult situations successfully, but this time she's given a direct order to do what she knows is a terrible mistake: lie to the Bula.

Recommended.

I bought the audiobook from Audible.com.