Orphan's Triumph (Jason Wander Series #5)

Orphan's Triumph (Jason Wander Series #5)

by Robert Buettner

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Overview

Jason Wander is ready to lead the final charge into battle.

After forty years of fighting the Slugs, mankind's reunited planets control the vital crossroad that secures their uneasy union. The doomsday weapon that can end the war, and the mighty fleet that will carry it to the Slug homeworld, lie within humanity's grasp.

Since the Slug Blitz orphaned Jason Wander, he has risen from infantry recruit to commander of Earth's garrisons on the emerging allied planets. But four decades of service have cost Jason not just his friends and family, but his innocence.

When an enemy counter stroke threatens to reverse the war and destroy mankind, Jason must finally confront not only his lifelong alien enemy, but the reality of what a lifetime as a soldier has made him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316001755
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Jason Wander Series , #5
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.02(d)

About 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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Orphan's Triumph (Jason Wander Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been in love with the Wander series from book one. The author tries to keep the military aspect of realistic and is able to maintain a real world perspective of future Earth society. I have often found myself laughing aloud or becoming angry as the emotion of the story is conveyed so well.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Loved the entire series.
NickCato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since 2004, I've been addicted to Buettner's Starship Troopers-ish series dealing with humans battling slug-like creatures for control of the universe (and beyond). Protagonist Jason Wander has been developed quite nicely since he was orphaned in the first installment during an all-out attack on Earth; from immature punk to legendary commander of an intergallactic allied fleet, this final installment (I'm assuming this is the grand finale) is exciting, satisfying, and has much to say.A weakness has finally been discovered: the Slugs can be destroyed by a rare type of rock, which is discovered in abundance on a Socialist planet. Jason Wander and co. infiltrate a mysterious area of said planet that turns out to be the sight of a modern (and ongoing) holocaust. Buried beneath the snow is more than the precious rock . . . countless corpses belonging to those who dared to defy the Socialist society bring Hitler's death camps to mind. While Wander and co. are able to turn a few hundred potential prisoners into makeshift soldiers and overcome their captors, stronger reimbursments are on the way, causing more difficulties in gathering the Slug-slaying meteor-chunks.There's some great scenes between Jason and his Godson Jude, and Jason's old robotic sidekick, Jeeb (a metallic cockroach he takes out of retirement) returns and plays a pivitol role in the breathtaking final confrontation between Jason and the Slugs (Jeeb becomes a translator, making dialogue between human and Slug possible for the first time . . . and at the brink of each one's destruction).ORPHAN'S TRIUMPH, like it's predecessors, is full of action-packed battles (both in space and on various palnets), interesting footnotes to historical wars and Generals, as well as the author's latent musings on current issues (the aforementioned ending causes one to wonder how the world would be if genuine dialogue could be had between Islam and the West--although I'm not sure if that was the authors' intention).This may be considered "military science fiction," but there's plenty of horrific elements to satisfy fans of both genres. I hate to see this series end.
towo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last novel of the Orphanage series yet again does not fail to deliver a fast-paced military fiction novel which will probably keep you reading end to end.One of the things it sort of fails to deliver, though, is a good ending to the series. Even though the pace winds down in general, and there's a lot less actual fighting going on compared to the previous books, it still feels like Buettner didn't bother braking for the end.To say it in other words, the ending of the series sort of sucks. It features some nice themes, and even though it probably tries to establish a parallel to the "war is an orphanage" topic, it feels just a bit too sparsely populated by anything else than a lone, cynical Jason Wander doing What's Right[tm], and in the end even surprising himself.If the author would split the book up into two and appropiately flesh them out to the quality they deserve, I might've been more appreciative.Nevertheless, the book in itself is quite entertaining.
FandomaniaKelly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seeing a series end is always a little difficult. You¿ve been with the characters for all of the triumphs and downfalls. You¿ve watched them, in some cases, grow from a snot-nosed kid into a world-weary adult and you still want the story to continue. Questions pop up, like: Did all of the loose ends get tied up? In Orphan¿s Triumph, I say yes, they did.What starts out as the finale to a fun, fast paced military science fiction series really is more of a commentary on modern war and what it does to the people who must fight it. I am being deliberately vague in the hopes that you are intrigued enough to go pick up the series, because it is really worth reading. While in some places the whole series may feel a little bit formulaic (i.e., the good guys finally get their footing, oh #&@$ something really bad happens to them) it never stops being a page turner. Essentially, I¿m trying to let you know that I¿m in love with this series, but without spoiling the ending¿Whether or not the ending is entirely believable is up to you when you read it. I absolutely loved it, though. One of my big questions whenever a series of any kind ends is ¿was the ending satisfying,¿ and after all that Jason has been through, it¿s for once the best possible result ¿ shocker I know. If you¿re a fan of intergalactic battles with non-humanoid bad guys, humans fighting at horrible odds but, because of their own ingenuity, managing to make it, or just a good read, you should start at the beginning with Orphanage. I promise you will not be disappointed. This book gets a solid A from me, and the series as a whole get¿s an A+ in high action science fiction.
geordicalrissian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is done. Jason Wander and the Union Humane (it take an Alien invasion to create one world government) take to the Slugs in this final chapter. I really enjoyed this series. Although, I could "feel" how the book was going to end in this one, the mid-chapters were great. I especially loved the ice train branch of the storyline. With the much of the galaxy yet to be explored, Mr. Buettner left some room for continuing the series. I'd personally like to see more of this universe. I'd rate this as the 2nd best book of the series.
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