Part I: Summary
By Brian Falkner
The setting of this book is in the future around the year 2030. A large war is going on
between Earth and alien invaders. These invaders stopped down in Australia and wiped it out.
They started spreading from there with their attacks, taking out Oceania, Asia, Africa, and finally
Europe. All that’s left is the Americas. The aliens, called “Bzadians" don't have very advanced
water traveling knowledge, so the only way they can enter the Americas is through the Bering
Straight. This choke-point is well defended by the militaries of all of the countries and people
left. This story centers around a group of six teenagers in the military that go on a mission in to
the center of the Bzadian bases in Australia. It is a mission of stealth, in which the members
disguise themselves as members of the Bzadian race. The members of this group are Chisnall,
Brogan, Monster, Hunter, Price, and Wilton. Chisnall is the stories protagonist, and the leader of
this group. Hunter was a guy with a difficult upbringing, and was extremely tough. Brogan was
second in command, and the only medic, she was Australian, so se had a special hate for the
Bzadians. Price was a ghost, she was extremely stealthy, and you would never see her coming.
Wilton was from Canada. He was selected for this team for one reason, he was the best shot in
the battalion. He was quite a strange guy, and seemed pretty different. Monster was a huge
Hungarian, that was jovial on the outside despite his aggressive figure.
Part II: Commentary
These six characters are quite the group for an extremely important military mission that
may determine the outcome of the war. They go for a clever secret insertion into Bzadian
territory by jumping out of a plane while the plane releases chaff, it is timed well when the
enemy is attacking, and they go undetected. To do this though they couldn’t bring or use a