I have been looking for a book for years, but have very little detail about it. I don't know title or author.

The main story line is aliens come to Earth for help in a war and humans have super strength compared to other alien races. I vaguely remember there is a scene where an alien first appears to a random fisherman, who freaks out and hits it, sending it flying.

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    How many years? When did you read it? Do you remember any other plot details? – Edlothiad Nov 7 '17 at 17:10
  • unfortunately I don't. This was ages ago, a good 15 years at least. – Andrew Nov 7 '17 at 17:17
  • Possible A Call To Arms. If so, please confirm so we can close this question as a duplicate. – Harry Johnston Nov 7 '17 at 18:26
  • The memory is just a blur but this all seems to add up. Much obliged, now the eager wait for it to arrive. – Andrew Nov 9 '17 at 9:19
  • see OP confirmation comment above – Otis Nov 10 '17 at 15:52

This is likely A Call to Arms by Alan Dean Foster.

The Amplitur searched the universe for intelligent species to join them in the Amplitur Purpose. But the Weave, a union of races, fought for thousands of years to stay independent. Now a Weave scouting party had discovered Earth, and humanity had to pick sides, for the Amplitur were close behind.

A black fisherman is one of the book's recurring characters;

”For us to properly determine if you can be of real assistance to us will involve a journey outside your own solar system. You will be well treated, properly cared for, and amply supplied upon your safe return home with the gold you value so highly. No harm will come to you, and you will have experienced things your kind has not yet imagined.” Showing how much he had learned, he added with visible effort, ”We would not force any of you to do this against your will. If you choose not to accompany us, you may depart whenever you wish.” The fisherman picked up his simple pack and strode wordlessly forward, followed by the Australian students and the old woman. The others followed en masse. Will inhaled deeply, took a last look at the familiar night sky, put the keys to the van on the driver’s seat, and strode up the ramp into the hovering transport.

  • I suspect the OP mistakenly remembered Will as being a fisherman because he was in a boat when he first encountered the aliens. Although the fact that there was a minor character who was a fisherman might have helped I suppose. – Harry Johnston Nov 7 '17 at 20:43
  • I suspect you may be right. Holding thumbs this is it. – Andrew Nov 9 '17 at 9:22

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