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Haywire [Kindle Edition]

Justin R. Macumber
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Will a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection find a way to stop them and save humanity from its own greatest weapon?

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Editorial Reviews


"A riproaring adventure through the galaxy, full of sound and fury, yet at its center it is a surprisingly touching commentary on what it is to be human."
-- Philippa Ballantine, author of "Geist" and co-author of "Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)"

"Justin Macumber's HAYWIRE is a thrill ride from first blood to closing sigh. I found it difficult to put down."
-- Nathan Lowell, creator of the "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" and the "Tanyth Fairport Adventures"

"HAYWIRE is sure to satisfy cravings for Saturday matinee high adventure space fantasy."
-- Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of the "Sovereign Era" storyworld

"A thrilling chase through a superbly realized solar system. Enhanced warriors, space pirates, galactic threats and more make this a powerful debut from a strong new voice in speculative fiction."
-- Alan Baxter, author of "RealmShift" and "MageSign"

"An action-packed sci-fi thriller that will keep you up late into the night!"
-- David Wood, author of "The Zombie-Driven Life" and the "Dane Maddock Adventures"

"HAYWIRE is filled with epic battles, plot surprises, and extreme-but-believable science fiction ... a rock `em, sock `em, thrill ride that would make a great film or multi-part TV drama. Reminiscent of early Star Wars in terms of fun and intensity."
-- Lloyd Ritchey, author of STORMDRAGON

About the Author

Justin is the author of HAYWIRE and the forthcoming A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on my next story I host the popular Dead Robots' Society podcast, a show made by writers, for writers. You can find him online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press; 3 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HVVC7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action and adventure for the near future June 16, 2012
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I've been a loyal listener of the Dead Robots' Society for three years now, so I was looking forward to reading the first novel from Justin Macumber. He delivers the sci-fi goods while still being a thought provoking writer.

The ideas spawn from remaking humans to battle much stronger foes and the backlash when those warriors lose their remaining humanity. While mapping out the solar system for the near future, Macumber gives us many fun characters from the teen with rock star dreams to his academic mother to the crazy pirates looking for any angle. Combining the freewheeling style of Heinlein with some modern sensibilities, this one should please any reader looking to the stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi Read! June 7, 2012
This book was a thrill to read! Right from the beginning it got my attention and I was unable to stop reading it. I loved how the author provided us with each characters different point of view. This book contained everything a sci-fi fan would love to read including pirates, aliens, outerspace, and so much more. I also loved how the author provided crime in this sci-fi book. All in all, this was a great read and I highly recommend everyone to add it to their to-read shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic! June 4, 2012
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Hello Justin Macumber... I think I love you.

Of course, I mean that in a completely platonic, hero worship kind of way. Actually, I've been a faithful listener to his Dead Robots Podcast for a year or so now, and so I was getting regular updates about the release of this novel and what he thought about it as he went through and edited the thing before its release.

Now, I've done the thing before where I either follow an author online, or listen to them via podcast before I read anything by them and it puts me in a weird position as a reader. I think diving into all the minutia of an author's online persona after you've become a fan is one thing, but to become a fan of the personality first can taint my enjoyment of what they write. It can also make me feel conflicted if I don't enjoy their story.

So, when I got this novel, I did put off reading it for a few weeks because I just didn't want to read and be disappointed. It would be horrible for me if that happened.

I needn't have worried. Justin Macumber is a pro. A real pro. This novel is tight, action packed, well plotted, and emotionally satisfying. It doesn't feel like a writer who still has a long ways to go to tell a compelling story. He's arrived.

The plot itself is great. The Titans, super-soldiers created to fend off a alien force that threatened to destroy humanity a century ago have gone off into the larger galaxy to hunt down and destroy those that tried to exterminate humanity. But while out there, they become the victims of a nano-virus that turns these super-soldiers to to rampaging mad men, and they return to the Sol system hell bent on destroying everything here.

All that is backstory, and doesn't serve as a spoiler I don't think.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive debut April 10, 2012
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HAYWIRE is a fun, fast-paced sci-fi adventure populated with compelling characters moving through a detailed, believable world. I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and would love to see further novels set in this same world.

First up on the list of things I enjoyed are definitely the characters. I bonded with them all immediately, and felt like they came to life easily and smoothly. Even the minor characters who only stuck around for a few chapters were enjoyable. Meanwhile, I was surprised by how quickly the main characters all became dear to my heart, carrying me along with them as they journeyed through terrible conflicts that, in some cases, they did not come out on top of. (There may or may not have been some teary-eyed moments while I was reading.) I also enjoyed how easily the author balances an unusually large cast of characters without neglecting any of them, or focusing overmuch on characters that weren't central to the plot. A lot of times authors will spend so much time "fleshing out" a minor character I don't really care about that it makes me lose interest in reading. Not so with HAYWIRE.

Next, we have the world. I absolutely loved the fact that it seemed what I term "practically futuristic". A lot of sci-fi fans love worlds that are heavily laden with intense techno-babble and detailed schematics for every little thing that people use. Me, not so much. While I have no problem with the occasional bit of techno-jargon, I prefer a world that feels natural, like the world I've grown up in, where technology follows human needs and hobbies just as much as it follows scientific pursuits. Additionally, the technology behind the Titans was simple, and at the same time amazingly cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid read if you're in between books August 4, 2012
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I had just finished a series of books and was looking for something else to stumble onto for a quick read after. Having finished Haywire, I can commend the writer on a solid book for a first novel. It won't blow you away, or leave you deep in thought, but I did enjoy the story. It had a solid premise, and an interesting plot flow.
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The true test for any story is whether or not the reader cares what happens to the characters. If I find myself anxious when a character gets into a precarious situation, that's a clear sign the author knows his or her craft.

Such is the case with Macumber's "Haywire". The story centers on Shawn who is sent to spend some time with his estranged mother. But the two of them are soon caught up in a conflict that could wipe out all of humanity.

The Titans, a group of bio-mechanized superhumans created a century earlier to save the species from an alien onslaught, have been compromised and are now gunning to destroy all humans. Only Artemis, a lone Titan struggling to hold onto her humanity, Shawn and a small group of others stand in the Titans' way.

Macumber develops each of the main characters fully so that readers are emotionally connected to the character's fates. His writing is crisp and concise, building tension in all of the right places.

If I had any complaints it was on not getting a clearer picture of some of the minor forces involved with the story (e.g. the Union and the Alliance) and how some of the subplots tended to fade inexplicably from the story. Also there were a fair number of typos that distracted from the beauty of the writing.

In the end, Macumber is successful in telling an engaging, believable story about interesting characters living in future existence. So for that, I give this book four stars!

Well done, Justin!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!!!
I've been familliar with the author of this FANTASTIC first novel through a podcast called The Hollywood Outsider (give it a listen if you are a movie fan, you'll love it! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Scott Calgaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
From the beginning, I was pulled into Haywire. Macumber's characters are relatable in their faults and joys, their interactions with one another are solid and wholly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by August
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
If you're a fan of sci-fi, then this is a must read. The futuristic setting is very believable, the plot is action packed, and the characters are very well developed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ally
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story!
Justin Macumber has such a gift with stories and characters, and Haywire is no exception. Between the dialogue, the pacing, the characters, they all wove such a rich tapestry I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable sci if action thrill ride.
I like the quick pace of the book. Some great components, aliens, biotech, enhanced warriors and, of corse, space pirates. Totally enjoyable.
Published 5 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly gripping
This book is surprisingly gripping. Once I picked it up, I had trouble putting it down. There is plenty of action in this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JameyLynn
5.0 out of 5 stars This is well-crafted space opera.
Macumber delivers a light action novel with just enough character depth to keep us involved for the whole story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Winston Crutchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically realized science fiction actioneer
A breezy read, "Haywire" is an action-packed romp through the solar system with likeable characters, hair-raising action sequences, and a cleverly realized threat to the future of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph Choi
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Mind's Eye
I'm a baseball fan; my earliest memories of baseball are of listening to games on the radio with my father at bedtime. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marlo Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable SciFi Adventure I Loved From Beginning to End
This book was awesome! Once I knew the characters I loved it every step of the way. I was intrigued right off the bat with the awesome sci-fi world and action. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dan Absalonson
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Justin Macumber is the author of HAYWIRE and A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on his next story he hosts the popular Dead Robots' Society podcast. He and his lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with their motley pack of dogs and cats that they think of as their children. Visit him online at and

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