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March 16th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Here is an excerpt of a friends email, I made a few guesses, but didn't come up with what he is thinking of:

I am trying to find out the name of the book that I've read a while ago. I
do not remember the author but just few highlights from the story line:

Human colonized galaxy and are at war with another alien civilization;
Based on numbers, humans are bound to loose the war;
Earth has isolated itself from the rest of human civilization by setting up
mine fields around solar system;
An envoy is sent out from Earth to the leaders of alien civilizations,
which proceeds to antagonize aliens provoking them to send out most of
their fleet to destroy Earth;
When alien fleet comes into the solar system it gets destroyed along with
Earth (it was a trap)

It also appears that this might be the first book of the series.

Any ideas on what might this book be?

March 18th, 2007, 06:14 AM
This reminds me of Norman Spinrad's 'The Solarians' but it is a standalone novel.