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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 eighteen-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary ...

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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 eighteen-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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446614290
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Jason Wander Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Buettner is a former Military Intelligence Officer, National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology, and has been published in the field of Natural Resources Law. He lives in Georgia, creating the sequel to ORPHAN'S ALLIANCE and snowboarding passably. His website is: www.RobertBuettner.com.

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Orphanage


By Robert Buettner

Warner Faith

Copyright © 2004 Robert Buettner
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-61429-7


Chapter One

"THE SUN WILL COME OUT ... TOMORROW ..." Our pilot hums through her open mike into zero-Fahrenheit cabin air fogged with four hundred GIs' breath. And fat with smells of gun oil, vomit, and fear. The sun never comes out here. In Jupiter's orbit, Sol is a pale dot. It's joke enough that I smile even as my hands shake the rifle propped between my knees. I'm Specialist Fourth Class Jason Wander, one of the lucky orphans who in one hour will save the human race or die trying.

We sit helmeted in paired, facing rows, so red cabin light paints us like eggs cartoned in the devil's incubator. Eternad-battery-heated fatigues warm us against a cabin cooled to the surface temperature our enemy manufactures a hundred miles below.

Our backs mold against the ship's "pressure hull" that seals out space's vacuum. "Ship" my ass. It's a 767 fuselage looted from some airplane graveyard in the Arizona desert, tacked to a streamlined parachute and reinforced to drop us from the mother ship to the surface. Like most of the 1900s antiques we have to fight this 2040 war with, it was built when Annie was a live-acted musical, back before the Millennium turned.

That red cabin light preserves night vision. A hundred miles below our parking orbit, it's always night on Ganymede. Or so the astronomers say.

We'll be the first humans to see it. If our groaning hull doesn't pop when we fall through vacuum or melt as we thunder through the artificial atmosphere the Slugs have slathered around the rock below. If we don't slam into Ganymede like crash-test dummies. If our demothballed weapons can kill the Slugs waiting down there.

And who knows, since I'm the only human who's ever seen Slugs alive?

My gunner shivers warm against my shoulder clicking her Muslim beads, praying like her hair was on fire. Yeah. My boss is a four-foot-eleven Egyptian girl. But Munchkin can shoot.

My teeth grind, I close my hand over her beads, and she stops clicking. Divine help's improbable for agnostic me.

As improbable, I suppose, as Pseudocephalopod Slugs from beyond the Solar System camping on Jupiter's largest moon and killing millions by bombing Earth from out here.

They say that an infantryman's life is boredom punctuated by intervals of sheer terror. After six hundred days traveling in the mother ship's mile-long steel tube, finally being in the dropship liquefies my guts even though I asked to be here.

We all asked. So many volunteered for the Ganymede Expeditionary Force that they only accepted ten thousand soldiers who'd lost entire families. Munchkin lost parents and six sisters to the Cairo Projectile. I'm an only child, and the Indianapolis Projectile took my living parent. Such things now pass for luck.

So the media calls us the Orphans' Crusade. Munchkin hates "Crusade" because she's Muslim. So she calls us Humanity's Last Hope.

Our platoon sergeant's seen combat. So he calls us meat. He says "Orphanage" is true because in combat your only family is these government-issued strangers. Intercoms crackle. "Begin drop sequence on my mark ... now!"

Somebody sobs.

The mother ship releases all twenty dropships like dandelion seed. Red light flicks black for a skipped heartbeat as electricity switches to internal. Our cut umbilical scrapes our hull like a handcuff unlocked.

Which is how this started for me three years ago, a week after my eighteenth birthday.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Jason Wander, human

    Those of us who read ¿genre¿ fiction choose these books because of the familiar stories, plot devices, people types, and, well, all the ingredients that make it a Romance, a Western, a Mystery and yes, even Science Fiction novel. We love to revisit these familiar stories and search for new authors who can transport us from our reality to their ¿worlds¿. Science Fiction has many genres within its broad scope space opera, hard science, first contact, alien invasions, discovering that big thing in the sky and, of course, military fiction. Which brings us to ¿Orphanage¿ the main reason I enjoyed this book so much, besides being just a good ol¿ fun read, is the story is about imperfect people repeatedly overcoming extraordinary odds 'not always with the best ¿final reel¿ outcome' and grow with each experience. Being a former Military Intelligence Officer, Mr. Buettner brings to his books a military reality to give the stories some real bite. And, gosh, I like Jason Wander he makes wrong decisions 'for the right reasons', follows his heart 'a bit too much for a soldier' and is constantly putting his booted foot in his mouth. In other words, Jason is a human just like you and me, and we can relate to his troubles AND triumphs! Robert Buettner is a wonderful new voice in Science Fiction and I hope to be reading his books far into the future!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2007

    GREAT BOOK, Incredible

    I actually had to email the author to tell him how great his book was. Even my friend who is not much into reading, said he found it hard to put this book down. WE BOTH agreed, when we were finished reading, we WANTED MORE! I actually got mad at myself for reading this book to fast!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Orphanage

    The reviewers are calling Orphanage the best of the year, the decade, maybe to this generation what Starship Troopers and Forever War were to theirs. It's all of that. Fast, funny, moving and authentic . You'll wish it was longer.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Brilliant!

    This book encompasses all you want from a military Sci-Fi perspective as well as including the smartass hero. This book rocked - at times funny, at times grim, always absorbing and moving quickly. I cant wait for his next book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    Superb debut novel

    I was wowed by Orphanage! Like all great fiction, it felt very real. All the dialogue rang true and Jason Wander was a fully fleshed-out, multi-dimensional character. There is a real grit to the novel; nothing was so clean that you felt it was contrived. I really became invested in the characters, even getting a little misty towards the conclusion. I particularly liked the humor (some very wry, funny lines), which appears to be completely absent from most sci-fi. I can't wait for the sequel!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Orphanage

    This book is such a quick, great read. I highly recommend reading it. It draws the reader in from the very first page and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Welcome to the fun and amazing party and adouption center

    The place is a barn.<p>
    Map-result two=bios for kits under 6moons. Result three=bios for kits 6moons to 12 moons. Result four- main area. Result fiveparty area. Result six- random's den/loft all is welcome. Result 7 onward is the rest that has a bunch of red wood trees. <p>
    Rules- no s**ual things ok. Anythung aprotreate for 1-18 year olds who have vey very protective parents. Warrior book cu<_>ssing is aloud. EXAMPLES!!!:) mousebrain, frogbreath, foxdung, fish breath etc.<p>
    Have fun and adouption days are every other sunday. (This sunday is the first adouption day!!!)<p>
    Posted on 6/28/14

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    Posted May 12, 2014

    Natalie

    Looks at Aiden*

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    Posted May 17, 2014

    Jane

    She smiles.

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    Posted May 13, 2014

    Aiden

    Reallu

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    House three

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    The author wanted to be Robert A. Heinlein and write Starship Tr

    The author wanted to be Robert A. Heinlein and write Starship Troopers. He isn't and didn't. Too over the top to be enjoyable and, although I expect and enjoy tropes in my genre fiction this one just never connected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    JORDAN TO ALL!!!

    The zombie apocalypse has begun! Come to survivors res 5 to join the resistance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Mckenzie and others

    We quit

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    Posted May 18, 2013

    Moonshine

    Ill do it when i come back bbl be

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Rion and Anon                                       "You ar

    Rion and Anon
                                          &quot;You are permitted to join. Welcome to the Coven of Broken Hearts.&quot; Rion said and slipped back into her tree. 

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    Posted May 16, 2013

    Celeste

    She sighs, running a hand through her hair.

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    Posted May 21, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    December

    "Hello? Anyone here at the moment?"

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