Haywireby Justin R. Macumber
"A thrilling chase
A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Will a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection find a way to stop them and save humanity from its own greatest weapon?
"A thrilling chase through a superbly realized solar system. Enhanced warriors, space pirates, galactic threats and more make this a powerful debut from a strong new voice in speculative fiction." - Alan Baxter, author of RealmShift and MageSign
"An action-packed sci-fi thriller that will keep you up late into the night!"- David Wood, author of The Zombie-Driven Life and the Dane Maddock Adventures
- Gryphonwood Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
- Age Range:
- 1 Year
Meet the Author
Justin Macumber is an author of speculative fiction and horror. When he is not hard at work on his next story he co-hosts the popular Dead Robots’ Society podcast. He and his lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with their motley pack of dogs and cats that they think of as their children. Visit him online at justinmacumber.com and deadrobotssociety.com.
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Like science fiction? Are you a fan of old school action/adventure stories? If this is you, Haywire is a must-read book. This story is science for the sake of fiction, and that's what makes it shine. It's a fast paced novel that doesn't get bogged down in the technical aspects of space travel or try to sell you on the plausibility of technology that exists in this futuristic look at our world. The story doesn't spend time explaining the politics of the future or try to tell a less that subtle cautionary tale of what's to come. Haywire is, from page one, a quick moving story about interesting characters. Space is the setting for this book. There's no dull, heavy handed lesson in science or technology to slow the pace of the story. If you're looking for an in-depth explanation of space travel, or how wormholes helped humanity reach out into the stars, you won't find it here. That's not what this book is about. It's far more grounded in the lives of the characters, and that's what I loved about it. When an alien race attempted to invade our solar system, the people of Earth created an army super soldiers who were powerful enough to drive them back to where they came from. What happened after that is entirely unknown. 100 years passed and no one on Earth knows what became of the aliens or Earth's super soldiers. At least, until one of those soldiers returns home. She is sick with an alien infection, and she is the only one with a chance of stoping the next great threat to Earth. This is a brilliant and fun premiss for the novel. It's well executed, character centered, and high octane. It's the kind of book you're sort of sad to see end because you feel invested in the characters and the world. But there's good news. Rumor has it that Mr. Macumber is starting work on a prequel to Haywire. And after reading this book, I can see how that is absolutely a story worth telling. I look forward to the new book because Haywire feels like only the beginning of a much larger story. I can't wait to read about the events leading up to all that we read about in this book.
Macumber delivers a light action novel with just enough character depth to keep us involved for the whole story. The setting and central conflict of the novel will be familiar to any fan of the sci-fi genre: mankind's technology for waging war has gone awry and now threatens his very existence. We've got habitats on Earth, in orbit, on the moon, Mars, in the asteroid belt and so on. Near space is settled. Tech is abundant and cheap. Pirates and colonial rebels provide a dash of pulp-action flavor. The coming threat is both catastrophic and imminent, but the authorities predictably do little to anticipate it. So much for the familiar. The real meat of the story centers around the Titan Artemis and Shawn, the teenager abruptly forced to deal with a world of violence and hard choices for which he was never prepared. The plot smacks of pulp melodrama. The military scenes bear the indelible imprint of a civilian perspective. Every character and faction is not so subtly similar to the current socio-political environment in the US. But Macumber always brings us back to Shawn and Artemis, and we simply can't abandon them. He writes with attention to detail, an eye to the impact of technology, and a sense of pacing that drives us to fight the dawn in favor of reading one more chapter. If you like Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, Wing Commander, or superhero fiction then go Haywire. You'll love it. I did.
A space adventure with strong characters and a story that keeps moving. I never wanted to put it down.
A gripping Sci-Fi story that will prevent you from putting the book down. Filled with pirates, nanites, and super soldiers. Justin Mucumber has created a must read Sci-Fi that you will love. I can not wait for his next fantastic creation.