Homefront

Homefront☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Homefront By Scott James Magner ✩ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Set against the backdrop of a far future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story about what it truly means to be human Jantin Set against the backdrop of a far future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story about what it truly means to be human Jantine is a Beta, a genetically modified super soldier charged with establishing a hidden colony on Earth When her expedition arrives in the middle of a civil war, she must choose her allies wisely or be exterminated Featuring complex characters and edge of your seat action sequences, Homefront will have readers guessing until the last page. A fascinating premise, emotional ride, and kind of a twist ending potentially setting up a sequel, Homefront is quite a ride We start off the book being introduced to a cast of unusual characters from the Colonies on some kind of mission they don t expect to succeed These characters appear to have a caste system, and are each of a variety of post human Shortly, we re introduced to regular humans as well and their space defense force From there, the body count rises, and new relationships and A fascinating premise, emotional ride, and kind of a twist ending potentially setting up a sequel, Homefront is quite a ride We start off the book being introduced to a cast of unusual characters from the Colonies on some kind of mission they don t expect to succeed These characters appear to have a caste system, and are each of a variety of post human Shortly, we re introduced to regular humans as well and their space defense force From there, the body count rises, and new relationships and families are formed I can t really describewithout giving too much away, even though I may have already Even the blurb from the book itself is intentionally vague Homefront brings space battles, ship board combat, ground combat, plenty of character building and world building, relationships developing and ending, emotions flying all over the place, and plenty of character deaths Good stuff I ve been a fan of Scott James Magner s fiction for some time now, but he s been writing far longer than I ve been a fan And the reason I became a fan was an admiration for his previously published shorter fiction, two novelettes set in the universe of The Foreworld Saga, Hearts of Iron and Blood and Ashes, and his actual first novel Seasons of Truth, currently about to wrap up a 4 part serialization These are uniformly wonderfully written stories, and couldn t be a better introduction to t I ve been a fan of Scott James Magner s fiction for some time now, but he s been writing far longer than I ve been a fan And the reason I became a fan was an admiration for his previously published shorter fiction, two novelettes set in the universe of The Foreworld Saga, Hearts of Iron and Blood and Ashes, and his actual first novel Seasons of Truth, currently about to wrap up a 4 part serialization These are uniformly wonderfully written stories, and couldn t be a better introduction to this new science fiction novel, Homefront Because the earlier stories show what any reader moving on to Homefront will readily grasp Magner has the breadth and depth to fascinate us across genres The care he takes with his prose lights up his characters like an ion drive, his characters drive the stories like a starship pilot, and those stories take you to worlds you d never imagine yourself Traditionally in science fiction you read about a future in which humans spread out to colonize other worlds Frequently those colonies, too distant from the home planet to continue under its influence or orders, become effectively exiles, even rebels against Earth s authority There may be conflict between Earth and the colonials, even war, and sometimes the colonials come back stronger than expected to challenge the home planet s dominance In Homefront, the colonials are deliberate exiles, but they come back in this instance to plant a sleeper colony that will challenge the home planet from within Comprised of various types of genetic mods , the infiltration team is prepared to make themselves look like rogues in order to offer deniability of the colonies invasive intentions Thus cut off from their home, the team must either succeed in planting the sleeper colony or admit failure But things go wrong as soon as they emerge from hyperspace near Earth Their presence is known, and they are unwittingly thrown into a conflict between factions on Earth that either seek extermination of the gennies or those who think they are near enough to creating a vaccine for the transgenic virus that is already within all of Earth s citizens But a huge secret lies beneath the efforts at a vaccine, and the colonial team must reformulate their plans to take advantage of the sympathetic faction once they cross paths, rather literally, with one of it s ships, mysteriously out in space where no ships would be expected What ensues will eventually determine the shape of the human race, but in the shorter term of the novel the definition of human is put to the test Readers couldeasily make comparisons with James S A Corey s Expanse series, which similarly employs an ensemble cast to explore humanity s future under the threat of deliberate genetic contamination So here s hoping The Transgenic Wars becomes the next great series to keep science fiction fans turning pages to find out what could possibly go wrong next It s almost time to tally up those Best of 2014 lists, so hurry up and read Homefront so you can include it on yours It will be near the top of mine There are some science fiction novels that simply blow you away Homefront is an incredible piece of science fiction that is brilliantly written Foremost it is an action adventure that doesn t pull any punches The central characters are thrust into dangerous situations and not all survive, and those who do do not emerge unscathed or unchanged The challenges the characters undergo have emotional as well as physical impact The stress of the situation is palpable I don t want to give too much There are some science fiction novels that simply blow you away Homefront is an incredible piece of science fiction that is brilliantly written Foremost it is an action adventure that doesn t pull any punches The central characters are thrust into dangerous situations and not all survive, and those who do do not emerge unscathed or unchanged The challenges the characters undergo have emotional as well as physical impact The stress of the situation is palpable I don t want to give too much away, as Magner does an excellent job of timing revelations.What does it mean to be human After the transgenic virus infects humanity, the human race begins to dramatically change There are those who appear to be normal humans and those with drastically different appearances and abilities Those visibly affected by the virus are sent into exile in the outer colonies Centuries later, the rift between Earth and the Outer Colonies has widened immensely and war is on the horizon Jantine and her crew have been sent from the Outer Colonies with an almost impossible task land on an inhabited world, develop a base colony, and defend it They expect to die in the attempt From the beginning things rapidly go awry as they crash into a ship orbiting the world they are aiming for They end up in the midst of conflict between two military factions and manage to escape with a pair of humans and an extremely precious cargo one that will change their mission irrevocably.If you enjoy science fiction dramas filled with realistic action and complex characters, you will love reading Homefront I eagerly await Scott James Magner s next novel in the series.5 5I received a copy of Homefront from the publisher in exchange for an honest review CrittermomExplore what it means to be human in Homefronthttp muttcafe.com 2015 09 Homefront I not a professional book reviewer so bear with meHomefront is a new, actually a very soon to be released I managed to snag a advanced copy , book by relatively new comer Scott Magner A little of something for everyone genetic mutations, space flight, hand to hand combat, corrupt military as well as military that still has a soul all wrapped into a trip that makes one think about what defines being human, what it means to be loved, what responsibility entitles what a family is composed I not a professional book reviewer so bear with meHomefront is a new, actually a very soon to be released I managed to snag a advanced copy , book by relatively new comer Scott Magner A little of something for everyone genetic mutations, space flight, hand to hand combat, corrupt military as well as military that still has a soul all wrapped into a trip that makes one think about what defines being human, what it means to be loved, what responsibility entitles what a family is composed of.Not a perfect read but damn close Personally, I was a little confused in the first few chapters in sorting out the cast of characters but that could have just been me The confuse was quickly sorted out was not much of a distraction from the quality of the read The chapters flowed smoothly one into the other but still allowed places to stop when the real world called but left you wanting to come back soon to see what happened next The ending tied up the majority of the lose ends but left enough questions for the obvious squeal.Here then is to there being sufficient readers that Mr Magner will be able to publish the next adventure in this saga This is a very character centered story, relying less on dialog, plot or action to advance the story as it does internal monologue It reminded a bit of Asimov in that regard Be prepared for a highly psychological journey and character feelings as they regard other characters feelings I would also recommend a close reading of the early chapters where many of the characters are introduced in quick succession to prevent later confusion. Story B Narration BQuick Review Homefront is a thoughtful speculative fiction novel with a nice mix of action and emotion Although I struggled to remain engaged with it consistently, overall the combination of physical conflict, interpersonal clashes, and internal quandaries kept the story moving forward at a nice clip The narration allows the listener to easily distinguish between individuals in a diverse cast of characters and enhances the pacing of the story.My Thoughts In a future world Story B Narration BQuick Review Homefront is a thoughtful speculative fiction novel with a nice mix of action and emotion Although I struggled to remain engaged with it consistently, overall the combination of physical conflict, interpersonal clashes, and internal quandaries kept the story moving forward at a nice clip The narration allows the listener to easily distinguish between individuals in a diverse cast of characters and enhances the pacing of the story.My Thoughts In a future world where humanity has been infected with a transgenic virus and individuals have mutated with an unbelievable rapidity to gain enhanced abilities from telepathy to extra arms or eyes there are both unmodified humans and a range of modified humans mods or gennies The latter are divided into something like castes Alphas as the ruling caste then Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Omega in descending order of mutation away from an unmodified human form The mods were exiled to the outer colonies and the story opens as a small contingent of mods are returning to the inner worlds with a cargo of sleeper mods to establish a hidden colony.Jantine is a Beta and captain of the mission to establish a secure and hidden base for her crew and cargo Although it s generally expected to be a suicide mission, she succeeds in landing her crew but not before encountering local planetary defense forces engaged in an apparent civil war The people who surround Jantine are varied and complex In the moment, they are fully realized characters with varied motivations and feelings Part of my inability to remain engaged with them, though, is that too much of their back story and how that made them who they are is pushed off until later I struggled with the dynamics that arced between the mods running the operation and was annoyed with some rapid flip flopping of emotions that seemed odd for such highly trained super soldiers A lot of the cause for that became clear later but by then, it was a bit too late for me to do my usual readerly bonding with them and I was left with a strictly intellectual curiosity for the story instead.The introduction of an unmodified human to the group provided a nice basis for some mild pondering on what it was about the mods other than a physical appearance for some that caused them to be considered inhuman or worth exiling as if people need a logical reason, right There was also a light vein of philosophical musing to be had about how family is defined and where we choose to place our value in that construction Lieutenant Mira Harlan is unwillingly swept along in the mods plan and finds herself irrevocably changed by her contact with them.There was a fair amount of head hopping and while the changes in points of view added complexity and interest to the story , they also emphasized the tell rather than show aspects engendered by the amount of internal thoughts that recapped events or motivations That narrative tool struck me as over used and not in line with how thoughts generally manifest themselves To an extent, this was also emphasized by my biggest point of contention with the narration style a tendency to slow certain sentences down and phrase them in a thoughtful manneroften that the text or the flow of general human speech would indicate is appropriate.Magner does an excellent job conveying the sense of other the Mods and their changed physiology andto the point, thought processes and perspectives embody while balancing that against the things that still make them human There s a lot that comes to light in the last few chapters and while there s a general wrap up, I am interested in what the future holds for the mods and the world they landed on.The Narration If you re familiar with Allyson Johnson s narration of David Weber s Honor Harrington series and enjoyed the audiobooks as I did then read no farther, you re good to go with this one I admit, I was hoping for thecasual delivery she brought to Kim Knox s Dark Dealings which struck me asorganic in tone but she brings considerable skill to this story nonetheless.Ms Johnson excels at differentiating characters, both between individuals and in the typical vocal characteristics that cue a listener to male or female She s attentive to the author s narrative and chews over the syntax in service to it Her dialogue delivery is reactive and flows naturally and while the frequency with which lines are given a thoughtful and slower delivery chimes against my ear as excessive and not always in line with the context, she still keeps the story moving at a nice pace The narration on this one actually helped me track through some of the complexities in the story so I suggest you check out the sample and see how it works for you.I received this book at no cost from Audible Studios in exchange for a review The book s source does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Not badI kinda liked this one It wasn t the best sci fi I ve ever read, and there were plenty of small details I didn t likebut it s not a bad read.I enjoyed the definite sci fi vibe you get from it It s a book with vast potential for sequels, tie ins and stuff like that The characters are mostly likeable and well made, and the story has a good pace.That said, I didn t like the number of POV charactersI never really got lost among them, but I didn t make a connection with all of them Not badI kinda liked this one It wasn t the best sci fi I ve ever read, and there were plenty of small details I didn t likebut it s not a bad read.I enjoyed the definite sci fi vibe you get from it It s a book with vast potential for sequels, tie ins and stuff like that The characters are mostly likeable and well made, and the story has a good pace.That said, I didn t like the number of POV charactersI never really got lost among them, but I didn t make a connection with all of them, and it affected how much I enjoyed them.The vastness of the world beyond what we see is good, but I felt a great emptiness, where a feeling of somethingshould be It s the feeling of props compared to the real buildingsyou see it, it looks real, but you know there is no depth to it I felt something like that, when thinking about the world outside of what was directly experienced by our main protagonists.There s one last thing I didn t enjoythe telepathy, it seemed almost like dream sequences, which is something I don t enjoy much I know, many people like to look for hidden meanings in stuff like that, butI don t I like clear reality as experienced by our fully conscious heroes Anywaythe book was readable, and enjoyable enough, though I probably won t be re reading it Fantastic book I loved the whole transgenic, caste system Very cool, and a fresh concept I can t wait for Loved it Great read. It took me a while to get into this book At first the characters seemed flat and I almost stopped reading, but I kept at it and I really enjoyed the way it turned out.

Homefront PDF/EPUB ¿ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 382 pages
  • Homefront
  • Scott James Magner
  • 14 September 2018
  • 1630230030