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The book was about an interstellar war between maybe three or four different races.

A man on one of the space ships gets caught along with his crew and placed in a prison. He eventually manages to escape along with a female from another race by stealing a craft.

I thought it was Interstellar War but don't think it was after reading some of the comments.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. Did you actually read this book in the 1980s, or was it more recently than that? If more recently, then in which approximate year or decade did you read it? Also, do you recall any details about the cover? Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 7:56
  • Hi, I read the book in probably mid 1980's, maybe early 90's, thanks for replying. I can't remember the cover exactly but it may have been a picture of a spacecraft
    – Mark James
    Commented Apr 7 at 17:43

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Possibly The Demu Trilogy by F.M. Busby?

Some points that match:

1980's sci-fi novel

Partial check. The first and second novels in the series were published in the 1970s. But the Trilogy omnibus (including the last novel) was published in the 1980s and may the version you first encountered.

with multiple races

Check. Starts with Barton (MC) in the hold of a strange space craft with about 50 other people; some of them humans, the rest hominoids of various stripes.

involved in an Interstellar war

Check. It is an ideological conflict. The alien Demu consider themselves the only real people in the universe. They capture members of other races and operate on them extensively to make them look as Demu as possible.

A man on one of the space ships gets caught along with his crew and placed in a prison.

Partial check. Starts with Barton (MC) in the hold of a strange space craft with about 50 other people; Not his crew but more than himself. He is then put in a prison by the Demu.

He eventually manages to escape along with a female from another race by stealing a craft.

Check. He escapes with an alien female Tilari named Limila and steals a spacecraft to return to human space.

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  • I suspect that the question is really only about the first book, Cage A Man.
    – Buzz
    Commented Mar 19, 2022 at 18:13
  • @Buzz. I tend to agree. In particular as the part of about the escape back to earth in the spaceship is in that part. The only reason I noted the omnibus version was due to the timing of when the OP listed reading it. I.e. the 1980s. That is when the omnibus came out vs. when the original Cage A Man came out in the 70s.
    – beichst
    Commented Mar 19, 2022 at 20:57

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