A good story, reminiscent - in a good way - of Heinlein's "Starship Troopers."
This and the sequel kept me up late at night. A fun read, hard to put down.
There is nothing so rewarding as good old-fashioned space opera. I read on the Amazon site that if you like Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Joe Halderman's The Forever War, you will like Robert Buettner' Orphanage. And this is true, at least for me.
In some respects, this book duplicates the story of Heinlein's Mobile Infantry training, although not as well or as long. But then I wonder if any other author could beat Heinlein at that.
Told from the perspective of a young man who had the choice of jail or the army, this novel takes us to the far reaches of the solar system to defeat the "Slugs" who are attempting to destroy the human species.
The humor in the book helps the narrative move along. I finished this in less that a day and have the next two of this five-part series already on request. And the emphasis is on leadership, something that thrilled me as a young Marine lieutenant.
If you like military space opera that won't make you lie awake at night contemplating its dark side, this series is for you. At the same time, expect some of your favorite characters to die. After all, it is a war between species. One or the other will survive. The losing species will be history.
A great read for any one who liked Starship Trooper or similar types. I highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading the others in the series. A good read that went by fast!
A most excellent read! Follows the course of one man as he ventures through a slim part of his civilian life & then enters the military. Takes you through basic, special assignments & coping with the devastation of an alien attack, and continues on to attacking them back. Was fascinating that the ideas cobbled together to give such an vivid description of everything. Looking forward to the next book.
Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launced 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 soliders like 18 y/o Jason Wander-orpahns 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.