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Germline (Subterrene War Series #1)

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Immersive War Story

    Wow--this book is totally immersive. It's almost stream of consciousness and insanely good. The Sci-Fi elements aren't that pronounced, but the narrative is completely mesmerizing. The story is told from first-person POV of an addicted reporter with Stars and Stripes. He's convinced himself that he'll be able to write Pulitzer Prize winning articles if he becomes embedded in a remorseless war fought over heavy metals that the U.S. is waging against Russia in Kazakhstan.

    The story doesn't let up from the first sentence. There's futuristic weaponry, plasma and other strange ordinance, completely encompassing armor with hoses and a pipe attachments for waste disposal and strange subterranean battles as well as full throttle above-ground assaults.

    The protagonist, named Oscar Wendell, literally loses himself in the war and identifies himself by his battlefield nickname Scout. He falls for a genetically engineered female soldier who then commits suicide by regular soldiers after helping him escape from a Russian offensive. The genetics fighting on the American side are all female. They move like graceful death but have an in-built shelf-life that expires at 18. They're shipped in at 17, (or maybe it was 16), and are brainwashed to believe that their god given purpose is to die fighting.

    After the genetic's death, Oscar a/k/a Scout goes off the deep end with drugs and is only survives with the help of a friendly general and a soldier friend. But, everything turns around again as his assigned combat unit is given a remote posting that becomes a death trap. And, so the story goes, from one hopeless battle to another, from one escape to another. He does eventually meet another genetic, but she's different. The only real criticism I have concerns the sheer implausibility of the protagonist's survival given the hopeless of the situations he faced.

    This book took me about 6 hours to read. For me it was just what I needed. A gritty, merciless and insightful narrative of war. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a compelling story about war.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Germline is a good story told by a pretty character...it seems t

    Germline is a good story told by a pretty character...it seems to do a nice job of capturing warfare in the future. I thought a better job could have been done explaining why the battles were being fought. I t moved at a good pace and I think Mccarthy is a promising writer. Nice read and I will read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Action packed future combat.

    Germline is a novel portraying ground warfare in the future. It involves a conflict between the US and Russia. This conflict is for the possession of trace metals such as rhenium. One assumes that the metals are used for military equipment. Rhenium is indeed currently used for jet engines.

    The conflict is seen through the eyes of a reporter for Stars and Stripes who is allowed to embed with the front line troops. The book is heavy with detailed disruptions of close combat mostly fought underground. One is reminded of the WWI mine and countermine warfare.

    If read as an action novel this is a great read. It is when you try to look at the work as science fiction that it begins to fray a bit. The technology portrayed is not really consistent. If you had component A then why would you have ever developed component B. But stranger things have happened. The US military still issues bayonets.

    It is easy enough to obtain the willing suspension of disbelief needed to really enjoy this novel. The second book in this series, this one seen from the viewpoint of a female genetic construct is due out next year and I plan to purchase it. That is about as good a recommendation as I can give a book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    im vietnam army veteran   this make me feel like someone is shar

    im vietnam army veteran   this make me feel like someone is sharing the s### of combat  i remember the smell now  of third world country  out in the country side was clean air clear sky   i read it in one sitting   very accurate on the feeling and stuff that goes on  kudos to the authorgood book for veterans  and any one  about alittle of horror and  sorrow  in war

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Good book

    Recommend it highly

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