Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Narrated by Macleod Andrews
I’m not sure who was imitating who but Footfall is a 1985 SciFi novel not unlike the Colonization series by Turtledove. Now these guys do not need praise or criticism from somebody three decades later but it is astounding how this work has stood the test of time…written as it was, a near term work.
Pachyderm-like aliens invade our solar system to try and take Earth from us. They bombard us with kinetic weapons, lasers and other crap they inherited from their predecessors. We on the other hand, are stimulated into innovations for fighting back. Can you hear the jingoistic species martial music in the background?
By the way, where else can a borderline alcoholic biker guy become a hero and then a space combatant ship do it all engineer? I liked this book back when I read the dead-tree version and I still like it in audio. Four stars for some hard SciFi.