Jump Gate Twist

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The First Two Novels—One Jump Ahead and Slanted Jack—in the Popular Jon & Lobo SF Adventure Series, Plus the Short Story Which Began the Series, and More—All in One Moderately-Priced Volume with a New Cover Treatment.
“Van Name has created a hero worth at least a dozen more novels . . . I want this to be a series. I want to read a new one every year.” —Orson Scott Card

Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a ...

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The First Two Novels—One Jump Ahead and Slanted Jack—in the Popular Jon & Lobo SF Adventure Series, Plus the Short Story Which Began the Series, and More—All in One Moderately-Priced Volume with a New Cover Treatment.
“Van Name has created a hero worth at least a dozen more novels . . . I want this to be a series. I want to read a new one every year.” —Orson Scott Card

Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a quiet life and a way back to his strange home world. Lobo: An AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, a mobile fortress equipped for any environment from the seabed to interstellar space. TWO WOLVES IN A GALAXY OF LARGER PREDATORS!

For the first time in a Jon & Lobo book, “My Sister, My Self,” the short story which introduced Jon Moore.

One Jump Ahead: Jon Moore wanted only to relax on the pristine planet of Macken—but Macken was the secret battleground of two megacorporations, both determined to control the local jump gate and the riches of an undeveloped world. Finding allies and enemies among terrorist groups and elite mercenaries, gun-runners and the only kind of government possible on a frontier short on rules and long on riches, Jon and Lobo fight to a climax with a corporate army that can't afford to leave any witnesses. Exotic settings, fast action, real tech, mechanically-enhanced animals—and a beautiful woman who's as deadly as a cobra!

Slanted Jack: The job looked simple enough: Jon agreed to help a con man, a friend from a part of his past he’d rather forget, protect a very special young boy. But the deal didn’t stay simple, as each move Jon and Lobo made resulted in more danger and more enemies. The best con man Jon’s ever known, a ruthless gang boss, a heavily armed group of religious fanatics, a beautiful woman with a mysterious agenda, and an interstellar government out to clean up a dangerous frontier world rush together toward an explosive climax—and Jon and Lobo are caught in the middle.

Plus new introductions by the author, making this a package that every Jon & Lobo fan will want to buy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133705
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Jon & Lobo Series , #5
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 724,427
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 5.18 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Van Name, whom John Ringo has said is "going to be the guy to beat in the race to the top of SFdom," has worked in the high-tech industry for over 30 years and today runs a technology assessment company in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. A former Executive Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and a national technology columnist, he's published over a thousand computer-related articles and multiple science fiction stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the Year's Best Science Fiction. Jon & Lobo stories have appeared in a Baen anthology and Jim Baen's Universe. He blogs at www.markvanname.com.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    This is a strong collection

    This omnibus focuses on the distant future outer space adventures of Jon Moore nanotech warrior and his partner Lobo the artificially intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle. The tale contains two novels, two short stories and several articles.

    "My Sister, My Self". On Pinkelponker, Jenny heals an injured Jon.

    "One Jump Ahead". Pinkelponker has been shut off from the rest of civilization, but Jon got off planet before the blockade could be enforced. He travels to Macken for R&R hoping to forget his warrior past although his nanotech enhanced body serves as a constant reminder. Jon is informed of the kidnapping of a girl Jasmine. Her father affluent Ron Slake of Kelco hires Jon to rescue his daughter from the Gardeners who demand Kelco leave. Jon finds a broken Predator-class assault vehicle Lobo that he borrows to challenge the Gardeners.

    "Slanted Jack". Jon and Lobo become couriers, but Moore discovers his partner is incredibly intelligent with emotional issues that make the killing machine confrontational. At a restaurant in the Falls, con artist Slanted Jack arrives needing his aid. He ignores Jack but not the shyster's client Manu who needs help. Jon checks out the Research Institute and a warehouse owned by Dougat with Lobo's assistance leading to a secret secure basement. All hell breaks out with Jon rescuing Maggie and Jack before taking them on board Lobo. Agrateful Jack injects a chemical into Jon knocking him out.

    "Lobo, Actually". Before Lobo meets Jon, he worked with other humans not as sensitive to his needs.

    This is a strong collection in which the two shorts tells the early days of Jon and Lobo respectively; while the novels are exciting action-packed though similar with the pair going from one firefight to another. The real fun is the bickering relationship between two hard-butt warriors.

    Harriet Klausner

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