The breakout military SF series continues!
Their spies were among us for years. They mapped our electrical infrastructure, learned our weaknesses, until finally they flipped the switch and threw us back into the Dark Ages.
Only OMBRA and its battalions around the world seem capable of defending Earth from the next wave of attack—terraforming. But at what price can we gain our freedom from these yet to be identified aliens? They're pushing the human race to the edge of extinction if we can't find a way to change things. But what will we have to change? What will we humans become to survive this threat. This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts.
Benjamin Carter Mason will be asked this question over and over as he dives deep into the nasty heart of an alien transformed Los Angeles. And in the end, he might be the last person on Earth defending not just our lives, but our humanity.
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Weston Ochse is the author of ten novels, most recently SEAL Team 666, which the New York Post called 'required reading', and the military SF hit Grunt Life. His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune.
His work has been lauded by Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, John Skipp, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, including the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Denver Post, The Financial Times of London, and The Examiner (UK).
His last name is pronounced "oaks." Together with his first name, it sounds like a stately trailer park. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. For fun he races tarantula wasps and watches the black helicopters dance along the horizon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fighting the good fight and what it costs. Weston Ochse writes like a guy who’s got a lot to say and reads like someone very much worth listening to. Grunt Traitor is the second book in a planned trilogy preceded by Grunt Life and followed by Grunt Hero. Is it important that you read Grunt Life first? I don’t think so but I highly recommend you do, it’s also an excellent read. The first book sets the stage of an alien invasion and humanities first steps, using PTSD soldiers, to counter that invasion. Grunt Traitor follows the story, but seemed to me to focus a bit more on the effects that the invasion and the efforts to repel it have primarily on the Grunts that fought but also on those that directed them. It’s got more than enough shoot’em up to keep the summer blockbuster crowd happy, but is at the same time very well grounded in a more cerebral story that makes you think. I highly enjoyed this second installment, perhaps even a little more than I did the first. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys SF action adventure and thoughtful reads that don’t just give you action for actions sake, but also examine the cost and consequences of those actions and choices on the people who make them and carry them out. I’m very much looking forward to Grunt Hero and I think if you gives these books a chance you will be too when you finish them.
REVIEWED: Grunt Traitor (Task Force Ombra #2) WRITTEN BY: Weston Ochse PUBLISHED: August, 2015 Grunt Traitor by Weston Ochse is the follow up to critically-acclaimed Grunt Life, which I read in 2015. I thought Grunt Life was absolutely stellar, and this second book in the series, Grunt Traitor, continues that same caliber of excellence. It’s dark—just emotionally crippling at times—while also balanced with humor, scientific exploration, and just all-out badass action. Another novel by Weston Ochse that is highly recommended. Five out of Five stars
Author gives us a lot of real world points to compare too. He keeps you alive with Our Grunt Traitor. I am very happy I tried this book. I will be back for more.
Good plot,good read
A slightly different twist than its predecessor, Grunt Life, but that’s OK. First, a little comparison between the first and this, the second, of the Grunt Life series (?). In the first, we read about the quasi-military grunts up against a new and terrifying batch of aliens and all the hell that they brought forth. In Traitor, it occurs within a larger portion of what’s left of society, which I liked because you get a deep sense of the emotional and physical damage that the alien Cray set upon the world. The people that are left are of the survivalist, militia, cult, and lone-wolf variety. Meeting some of those folks along the way made for a more open story and landscape. Of course, I enjoyed having other characters to pay attention to other than the PTSD laden, first line soldiers. We see some former characters still knocking aliens out of orbit (horrible pun, I apologize) and we learn that some former characters have taken on a whole new… life, shall we say? Now that the aliens have taken a pretty solid hold of earth, just like a kudzu vine, I wondered what the new mission would entail. It’s a great trip across parts of the new America where we meet “fungees” otherwise known as people who are infected with deadly spores that leave them like, well, zombies. Paths are crossed a few times with a cult that has a smiling, but possibly evil, leader. Heck, there’s even a sort-of refuge where a good ol’ Mother tends to her hard working, new “children.” Every single one of these facets makes for a story where you’re concerned about the welfare of humanity and the emotional hindrances of the soldiers who will charlie-mike if it is literally the last thing they do. (Unsure of “charlie-mike”? Get the book and find out!) Happy I read the book? Absolutely. Why? Because these are characters with some really deep flaws that pull it together most of the time to battle what they must in order to survive in more ways than one. And it has me enjoying military sci-fi, which I didn’t even consider reading until Mr. Ochse put it all on paper.