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Orphanage (Jason Wander Series) (original 2004; edition 2008)

by Robert Buettner

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Title:Orphanage (Jason Wander Series)
Authors:Robert Buettner
Info:Orbit (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Jason Wander, eighteen years old, with no particular skills, in trouble with the law, and with his only family killed in the alien attacks that are slowly destroying Earth's ecosystem and killing the human race, somewhat involuntarily enlists in the infantry. He does not suddenly discover that this is the life he was born for, but he does, eventually, decide that he doesn't want to fail at this, too, or let down the few people who believe in him. He makes some appalling mistakes on his way to that decision, and it's not smooth sailing after that, but Jason does start to make a foot soldier of himself. When an expedition is dispatched to take the war to the enemy, at their base on Ganymede, Jason and his squadmates are part of it.

This is a book that borrows heavily from all the great buddy war movies, as well as Starship Troopers and The Forever War, and freely acknowledges its debts. Orphanage doesn't break new ground in the genre, but it's a solid, enjoyable read. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
A little lighter in tone than I expected and usually look for in military science fiction. But entertaining nonetheless. ( )
  amuskopf | Jun 7, 2018 |
Another fun military science fiction novel filled with action that I enjoyed quite a bit. This one is the story of the training and initial combat events of the main character, Jason Wander. Earth has been attacked by an unknown enemy sending projectiles to destroy earths cities from Ganymeade (Jupiter's moon). It details the personal growth that Jason go through as events unfold. Looking forward to continuing this story on the 4 additional books in this series.

4 stars for a fun and enjoyable (quick too) read. Recommended for any fan of military sci-fi action. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
It lost a star due to the bullshit anti-car green propaganda in the beginning of the book. ( )
  perjonsson | Oct 28, 2017 |
Part of being a good author is having a good story to tell. That, Buettner got right.
Another part of being a good author is having the grammatical and literary skills to tell your story, not only accurately, but engagingly. And Buettner failed at this.

Basically this is a coming of age story for a boy who has lost it all and spirals downward self-destructively, only to come back up and turn into a man through the military. Aliens on Ganymede and meteors all play their part as well.

The core of this book is good. But the outerlayer is just horrific. Get an editor for goodness sake, not your brother's nephew's grandmother's cousin's kid.
I would like to read more in this series, but I am not willing to subject myself to sub-par writing... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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When earth needs heroes, whom will we call to valor? When mankind's enemy is beyond our worst imagination, who will be our champions? Will we pick the brightest and the toughest? Or the ones with nothing left to lose? War is an Orphanage Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, have vaporized whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

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"Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander--orphans that no one will miss--must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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