When the Williams family pulls into the township of Gainsville, Kansas, to look up an old friend they quickly find themselves imprisoned in a nightmare scenario as US government forces throw a security cordon around the area. Something else has arrived in Gainsville. XAN-Ubara-Q'han, Surveyor-General of the Ninth Swarm has landed....
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Interesting alien invasion story, marred by deeply unlikeable characters
- C. P. Halliday
B movie plot with a proper surprise conclusion
This reads like a b movie version of Tilley's excellent and far more serious 'Fade Out' , alien invasion, will the plucky locals win out against the cold intelligence of the insectoid warrior - you think you know the answers but you'd be wron. Written back when authors weren't looking to launch multipart novels with movie potential this storystarts exci tedand gets darker and more 'real' until you really want to rewind and ask 'did that really just happen'?