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Cry Pilot

Cry Pilot, Book 1
By: Joel Dane
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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A devastated Earth. Rogue bio-weapons. And a recruit with secrets. In this explosive new military science fiction novel, a tight-knit infantry squad is thrown into battle against a mysterious enemy that appears without warning and strikes without mercy.

There's only one way for a man with Maseo Kaytu's secrets to join the military: by volunteering for a suicide mission as a "cry pilot". He cheats the system to survive, but you can't fake basic training. Assigned to a squad of misfits, Kaytu learns how to fight, how to obey, and how to trust. Yet the more he bonds with his fellow recruits, the more he risks exposure of his criminal past. 

Keeping his secret is about to become the least of his problems. Kaytu discovers that his platoon is being deployed against a new kind of rogue bio-weapon. One that has torn apart every military force it's ever faced....

©2019 Joel Dane (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"I picked it up, I started reading. I kept reading. This is that kind of book, intense, involving, with intriguing world development. Recommended. Joel Dane is a writer to watch." (C.J. Cherryh, author of the Foreigner series)
 

"Joel Dane's Cry Pilot is a hyperkinetic and unflinching battle narrative that never loses sight of the truth of being a soldier: The squad comes before all else. Told with momentum and immediacy, Cry Pilot is authentic, exciting, and excellent." (Marko Kloos, author of Terms of Enlistment)

"In Cry Pilot, Joel Dane has imagined a fascinating high-tech future Earth where ecological collapse and runaway evolution have conspired to create enemies no army has ever encountered before. Told through the eyes of a young soldier seeking to escape a grim past, the action-packed plot holds tight to a human dimension." (Linda Nagata, author of The Red Trilogy) 

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  • paul sparks
  • 08-14-19

So good my wife told me off for listening!

and I am not joking about that! I kept getting a reprimand from she who must be obeyed for listening to this outstanding book and not her. I’m not going to compare to this other sci-fi military books but I will say that 2019 has been a good year for this sub genre, up to this point my 2 favourite books of the year have The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata and Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky, both books were superbly narrated and a joy to read, Cry Pilot easily joins this list and will probably remain in my top 3 of the year, it’s an exciting read that makes you want to keep coming back for more (hence the marital reprimand) unlike the other 2 books mentioned I know this will have a sequel and await avidly