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Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1 | [Robert Buettner]

Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

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 18-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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Publisher's Summary

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 18-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.

©2004 Robert Buettner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    clifford United States 07-10-13
    clifford United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011

    akitonmyers

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    "groan"

    This book is just not put together very well. From the writing style to story to character.

    What I liked least was the fact that the main character and his friend are in highschool when the story starts. If I make it out right, 6 months later his friend is an internationally known space pilot who cavalierly takes control of Space Shuttles etc.

    Mainly, this is a war story. VERY BADLY WRITTEN WAR STORY.

    If you want a good book that is totally the opposite of this writing wise, try either Old Man's War or Armour by Steakley.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 12-18-12
    Professor 12-18-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "A bit Childish and simple but good"

    Fast progressing, near future negative first contact story.

    If you want something unobtrusive and easy going, than this story deserves your attention.

    PS
    I hope book 2 will be available soon

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Augustus T. White 01-25-13

    ATW

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    "Good standard Military SF, Terrible Reader"

    The title of this review is really all I wanted to say. This is workmanlike military science ficton. Not exceptional, but well over the minimum "fair average quality which would pass without objection in the trade." Like all military SF, it's really an extended essay on the stuff that matters in life: duty, sacrifice, competition, friendship, the value of life, and the fear of death, all illustrated by stories featuring the things that entertain us all: violence, sex, and good triumphing over evil. Buettner has his own slant on all of the above. Good for him. What more could we ask?

    Mostly we could ask for a reader who doesn't sound like an idiot with a sinus infection. It grates. I suspect Adam Epstein is trying too hard to channel the personality of the first-person narrator, who is a fairly emotional high-school drop-out. But that doesn't make him (or any real-life high-school drop-out) an idiot. The POV character certainly doesn't behave like like an idiot, and the other characters don't react to him as if he were one. The effect is dissonant, and becomes more so as the narrator gains in rank and experience.

    Still worth listening to. Hence the three stars, but the paper book would be a better choice.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-22-13
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-22-13
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    "Half a HOOT--half clever military sci-fi"

    Ok.....Everyman screw-up post-teen goes to war in space after evil aliens bombard Earth -- and he (painfully) becomes a man. It sounds familiar, but this book (and the inspired narrator) give this story a series of clever twists. If you like books like Redshirts (or the discussions surrounding Bun-bun -- the massive future tank-like armored vehicle in Ringo's Aldenata series -- not the rabbit) quick-witted, quick-moving with lots of wry asides. . .this is a winner. How did I miss this? And there are 4 more on Audible !!! It deals with serious issues along the way, and the plot actually picks up more of an edge as it goes -- but for a refreshing and smart book, you will like it. One reviewer (who still gave it 4 stars) wrote they had fun but that the story was a bit simplistic. Each time I started to think it was simple I realized the author was playing on themes and almost clichés that I was supposed to recognize and anticipate. Then we veered off in another direction. I am really looking forward to book 2 in the series. (I have not read this in print at all so I can't really compare, but this is so good on audible....the inflections of the reading are great.) In conclusion, I note that I review about one in 10 books I listen to. I reviewed this, hope it is useful.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    spacecasecake west coast, usa 01-29-13
    spacecasecake west coast, usa 01-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun, quick, sci-fi goodness"
    Any additional comments?

    I am in full agreement with the other reviews. It's simple, fast paced, sci-fi. Very reminiscent of Starship Troopers in overall plot. The author does take some pains to keep the science plausible (gravity, lightspeed, propulsion, atmosphere.... issues that sometimes get glossed over.)

    The narrator is mostly good except for the idiotic voices he comes up with. They're pretty awful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Thompson 04-15-15
    J. Thompson 04-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Fun read for Heinlein fans"

    While this book has its roots in Heinlein's Starship Troopers, it has enough differences to make it both fun and interesting. There are some anachronisms that detract, such as sown on stripes to what amount to space armor. The author uses a lot of cliche phrases but for me these didn't detract. In all an enjoyable read and listen -- the audible performance was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lars 02-17-15
    Lars 02-17-15
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    "a mediocre sci-fi with horrendous voice acting."

    this story may be an ok story on its own. I may have been able to overlook the shoddy story build up, and forced main character.

    But the voice acting... oh god, the voice acting! the narrator sounds like he has been punched in the nose. and he only has two or three whiny or preppy voice. he may do good for young children's novel, but this book tries to be serious, and that's just not this actor!

    don't buy. it's a waste as it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith 11-06-14
    Keith 11-06-14
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    "A mediocre retelling of Starship Troopers"
    What was most disappointing about Robert Buettner’s story?

    Buettner uses Heinlen's "Starship Troopers" as a template. While events names, places and the general world have been tweaked, the overall structure is the same. What is different is the quality of writing. Characters are two dimensional, motives are not explored, there is no instance of growth or transfer in the main character. In short, all of the features of a good story are present, yet the substance of a good story is missing. All in all this is a waste of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 10-08-13
    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the usual stuff"

    Most SF books I have read lately portray a world of the future where global warming has destroyed or decimated the world, religious zealots have taken over with disastrous results, or capitalism has run amok and impoverished 99% of the population. This book has visited the future without using the liberal agenda as a guide, and is a refreshing change from that template. It is not like you are listening to conservative talk radio. The author simply does not overtly push the liberal agenda. Refreshing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story but bad narrator"
    What did you like best about Orphanage? What did you like least?

    I loved the stories and the characters; however, I won't buy the series from Audible because the narrator, Adam Epstein.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounded as though he was trying to sound like John Wayne. It was very distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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