MANKIND MUST WIN...OR PERISH
I would be the first human to touch the moon since the days when major-league baseball used wooden bats. As I waited I thought of something. "Metzger? How do we pee?" "Use the little condom thingy in the leg. You hooked it up, didn't you?"
Air bled from the lock.
"Sorry. Should've told you. Just hold it."
He opened the hatch. Before me another world, as dead and white as bones, stretched to a black horizon. I turned around, felt for the descent ladder's first rung, then stepped into airless nothing cold enough to freeze helium. I hopped off the bottom rung into the Sea of Fertility's dust, then focused my vision on the object a half mile away.
Peeing my pants was the least of my worries.
In the triumphant tradition of The Forever War and War Against the Chtorr...
When earth needs heroes, whom will we call to valor? When flares streaking across the sky herald massive destruction, who will defend us? When mankind's enemy is beyond our worst imagination, who will be our champions? Will we pick the brightest and the toughest? Or the ones with nothing left to lose?
WAR IS AN ORPHANAGE
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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1 . Great!
Posted January 04, 2010 by Jamie , AtlantaWonderful story and great read. Loved all the Orphanage stories.
2 . Very good read!!
Posted January 03, 2010 by charlie , bunker hill wvThis is the book we spend hours walking through book stores reading the backs of books for. I read it almost straight through.. A nice blend of reality, history, and science fiction. By the end the characters felt like family.
Nice job Robert Buettner!!!!
October 30, 2004
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