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War Dogs
     

War Dogs

3.0 7
by Greg Bear
 

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AN EPIC INTERSTELLAR TALE OF WAR FROM A MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION.

The Gurus came in peace, bearing gifts.

They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun

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AN EPIC INTERSTELLAR TALE OF WAR FROM A MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION.

The Gurus came in peace, bearing gifts.

They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun to sun, planet to planet, across the cosmos. Pundits have taken to calling them the Antagonists-or Antags-and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. For all they've done for us, the Gurus would now like our help.

Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Skyrine (a Marine who is specially trained for off-world combat) who is dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to take down as many Antags as possible.

But from the moment they're dropped through the thin Martian atmosphere, their mission goes horribly, terribly wrong. From a group of female special ops Skyrines with secret orders, to mysterious humans who've settled on Mars, to the overwhelming and highly-reinforced Antags themselves, Venn and his brothers will face impossible odds just to survive-let alone make it home alive.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity, Bear’s series launch is a tempest of rousing SF adventure with a dash of Peckinpah. On a near-future Earth, the alien Gurus have shared technological advances in exchange for military aid in combating the Antags, who have pursued them as far as Mars. Sgt. Michael Venn and his squad of high-tech Skyrines are sent in on a vaguely defined, shoddily planned mission, which has them dodging poison darts and falling comets until they are stranded, wounded, and running out of air. Rescued by a splendidly terse settler, they seek cover in what at first appears to be an abandoned mining operation, but soon the labyrinth, called the Drifter, emerges as the motive to the conflict itself. Eerily and often gloriously explored but scarcely explained, the Drifter is a bonanza of seemingly unlimited resources that both the Gurus and the Antags are inexplicably seeking to destroy. A psychedelic mind-meld with the structure itself adds a layer of complex mystery, but a dead-stop ending leaves Venn and Bear’s readers to impatiently await word of what it was all about. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Oct.)
bn.com
"Greg Bear is one contemporary master of the old ways, and in Hull Zero Three he gives the generation starship theme - crystallized beautifully by Robert Heinlein in 1941's "Universe" - a vigorous makeover...."
Locus on Hull Zero Three
"The heart of the mystery is worthy of Bear in its bravura extrapolations into far-future science and moral ambiguity...a testament of faith both in human beings and in something beyond them, divine or indistinguishable from it, and it seems directed as much toward the world of today, with all its sinful affections and deceits, as it is toward the far future."
Marc Laidlaw on Hull Zero Three
"A menacing wonderland of a ship."
Alastair Reynolds on Hull Zero Three
"Hull Zero Three is a lean, mean, supercharged sense-of-wonder engine."
Charles Stross
"Hull Zero Three is a grand adventure of scientific discovery in the tradition of "Orphans of the Sky" and "Rendezvous with Rama" -- by turns chilling and touching, it poses challenging questions about what it means to be human."
Dan Simmons
"Greg Bear's voice is a resonant, clear chord of quality binding some of the best SF of the 20th Century to the short list of science-savvy, sophisticated, top-notch speculative fiction of the 21st. More than a grace note, Hull Zero Three is a compelling allegro in the growing symphony of Greg Bear's finest work."
thebooksmugglers.com
"I loved Hull Zero Three - this book reminds me of why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place. Searing questions of humanity, a good old fashioned riddle of a plot, and excellent conceptualization make Hull Zero Three more than worth the effort."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-23
First of a new science-fiction trilogy from the author of Halo: Silentium (2013, etc.). In the not-too-distant future, interstellar aliens known as the Gurus arrive on Earth and make humanity an offer it cannot refuse: tremendously advanced technology. There's a catch, of course. The Gurus have enemies of their own, the Antagonists, and would like help to fight them. So Earth creates a new combat force, "skyrines," marines who can fight in space or on planets such as Mars, where, it turns out, the "Antags" have already established a beachhead. Veteran skyrine Master Sgt. Michael Venn prepares with his troops for another drop onto the dusty Martian surface, their mission curiously ill-defined. Attacked immediately as he drops, Venn finds himself stranded on the ground with a handful of companions, no backup, no communications or prospect of relief and rapidly running out of air. Fortunately, they're rescued by Teal, a settler, or "Muskie" (named after Elon Musk), and conveyed to a secret Muskie base, the Drifter, where things rapidly get weirder. A bunch of belligerent, racist Voors (also settlers) show up in pursuit of Teal, followed by a platoon of female skyrine special operations troopers, all with their own secret agendas. Meanwhile, in flash-forwards (so we know Venn doesn't die—at least, not yet), a mystifyingly transformed Venn has returned to Earth, where he waits for the mysterious "Joe" to contact him. Packed with adventure and incident, though remarkably little actual combat, and conveyed with gritty realism via characters that have personalities, Bear's first-person narrative builds to a satisfying order of complexity, one he's rarely shown since his earliest days, though readers hoping for one more step up—such as a military backlash or a splash of social acid—will be thwarted.An intriguing story, but fiction at this high a level deserves just a little more.
From the Publisher
"Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity, Bear's series launch is a tempest of rousing SF adventure with a dash of Peckinpah."—Publishers Weekly on War Dogs

"Packed with adventure and incident...and conveyed with gritty realism."—Kirkus on War Dogs

"Military sci-fi, action and adventure, and a whole lot of thought-provoking complexity."—San Diego Union-Tribune on War Dogs

"Bear, as a writer, seems almost more at home on the deadly flats of Mars...than he does back on planet Earth."—NPR Books on War Dogs

"Greg Bear's voice is a resonant, clear chord of quality binding some of the best SF of the 20th Century to the short list of science-savvy, sophisticated, top-notch speculative fiction of the 21st. More than a grace note, Hull Zero Three is a compelling allegro in the growing symphony of Greg Bear's finest work."—Dan Simmons

"Hull Zero Three is a grand adventure of scientific discovery in the tradition of "Orphans of the Sky" and "Rendezvous with Rama" -- by turns chilling and touching, it poses challenging questions about what it means to be human."—Charles Stross

"Hull Zero Three is a lean, mean, supercharged sense-of-wonder engine."—Alastair Reynolds on Hull Zero Three

"Not for those who prefer their space opera simple-minded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review) on Hull Zero Three

"Greg Bear is one contemporary master of the old ways, and in Hull Zero Three he gives the generation starship theme - crystallized beautifully by Robert Heinlein in 1941's "Universe" - a vigorous makeover...."—bn.com

"The heart of the mystery is worthy of Bear in its bravura extrapolations into far-future science and moral ambiguity...a testament of faith both in human beings and in something beyond them, divine or indistinguishable from it, and it seems directed as much toward the world of today, with all its sinful affections and deceits, as it is toward the far future."—Locus on Hull Zero Three

"I loved Hull Zero Three - this book reminds me of why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place. Searing questions of humanity, a good old fashioned riddle of a plot, and excellent conceptualization make Hull Zero Three more than worth the effort."—thebooksmugglers.com

Library Journal
09/15/2014
Master Sgt. Michael Venn is back from the battlefields of Mars. Skyrines like Venn had been sent from Earth to the red planet because visiting aliens called Gurus, who gave humans technological advances, had promised more in exchange for our help fighting an enemy who has taken up a proverbial beachhead on Mars. Venn will have to deal with rogue separatist colonists and fellow soldiers with mysterious orders on top of dealing with an opponent known only as the Antagonists. VERDICT There are things to like here, such as the tense setup of Venn returning with a story that he slowly unspools to a woman back on Earth, some excellent military action, and marine camaraderie. But as the narrative finally picks up speed, it also loses coherence, and Bear (Darwin's Radio; Hull Three Zero) chose to have his Martian colonists speak in a thick, made-up dialect that wears out its welcome fast.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316072830
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Series:
War Dogs Series , #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Forerunner: Cryptum, Mariposa, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, Eon, and Quantico. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. His works have been published internationally in over twenty languages. Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction."

He is also collaborating with Neal Stephenson and a group of writers and swordfighters on The Mongoliad, a serialized novel delivered through electronic media. www.mongoliad.com.

He can be reached through his website, www.gregbear.com, and on Facebook.

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War Dogs 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read at least a half a dozen books by Greg Bear. I have enjoyed every one of these books. I did enjoy this book but it was written as if he had an outline and was too lazy to put in the relevant details. Rather than develop the story he left most things intentionaly vague. It is as if he had no idea where the story go. Some parts were good but I was left very dissatisfied at the end of the book. I hope this type of writing does not become his new style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War Dogs took me into the mid-term future and put me directly into a first-person viewpoint of an important skyrine, who is a marine in the space (sky) force. There is a war on Mars with an alien race that almost no one knows anything about. A combined force from Earth's nations has been travelling to and from Mars for years. They are fighting with tech revealed to us by another alien civilization. As things progress, they just don't add up, especially after Earth's settlers on Mars become involved. Discoveries on and under Mars and by a few people close to our alien friends on Earth show that we know even less than we thought about both our alien enemies and friends.
BuckMO More than 1 year ago
I love speculative science fiction, but a reader needs something more about which to speculate than was provided in War Dogs. It is well written (as usual) and characters are fairly well-developed, but the story is incomplete. I have always enjoyed Greg Bear's novels, but this one left me terribly dissatisfied.
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Up there with Prof joe H if you do not like it you likely suffer from habit forming. Trash ,a very original ,hope for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. Praetor Jade's back tooo.