2018-11-18 12:56:45 UTC
This is a series of books on Amazon, starting at "Columbus Day" - this name reflects the surprise arrival of technologically superior aliens. Skippy is an alien AI with a personality defect, and constraints which mean that he can only interact with non-spacefaring species - which means humanity. The books are partly old-fashioned SF puzzle stories, in which Skippy presents the leading human, Joe Bishop, with problems for which Joe finds imaginative solutions (Humans appear to have a unique talent for finding creative solutions).
I'm not convinced the reader can be expected to solve the puzzles, but I find I don't care. I was recently given "Forever and a day" by Horowitz, a prequel James Bond novel. This has a trivial puzzle - perhaps sufficiently shallow to be better described as a Chekhov's gun. The first time this was brought up I though "oh yes, I see," without being particularly impressed or pleased with myself. After the second time I was yelling to the author "I heard you the first time!"
The world-building that sets up this situation appears consistent, if not very likely. Characters spend most of their time within the military, so we don't see much of everyday life in any situation, but the various races are interesting. I like the Jeraptha, who are obsessive gamblers to the point that it permeates their institutions. As in E.E.Smith's universe of the lens, the bad guy species are against sexual equality, and are modifying themselves to reduce this.
If you can ignore or appreciate the somewhat juvenile sense of humor, these are surprisingly intelligent books - and cheap on Amazon. Once you meet Skippy in "Columbus Day" the pattern for the other four books (so far) in the series is set - so I would suggest that a small investment of time and money spent buying and reading "Columbus Day" is a pretty good bet.