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Homefront: The Voice of Freedom [Kindle Edition]

John Milius , Raymond Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

HOME IS WHERE THE WAR IS
 
America may be reeling from endless recessions and crippling oil wars, but hack reporter Ben Walker never expected to see his homeland invaded and occupied by a reunified Korea—now a formidable world power under Kim Jong-il’s dictator son.

The enemy’s massive cyberattack is followed by the detonation of an electromagnetic pulse that destroys technology across the United States. Communications, weapons, and defense systems are rendered useless; thousands perish as vehicles suddenly lose power and passenger jets plummet to the ground. 

Fleeing the chaos of Los Angeles, Walker discovers that although America’s military has been scattered, its fighting spirit remains. Walker joins the soldiers as they head east across the desert, battling Korean patrols—and soon finds his own mission. Walker reinvents himself as the Voice of Freedom, broadcasting information and enemy positions to civilian Resistance cells via guerrilla radio.  

But Walker’s broadcasts have also reached the ears of the enemy. Korea dispatches its deadliest warrior to hunt the Voice of Freedom and crush the ever-growing Resistance before it can mount a new war for American liberty.


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About the Author

John Milius is a world-renowned screenwriter, director, and producer who has worked on more than thirty films. Highlights include screenwriting duties on Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, and Clear and Present Danger. Recently, Milius has turned his talents to the gaming and television worlds, developing such properties as THQ’s Homefront and such shows as HBO’s series Rome.
 
Raymond Benson is the New York Times bestselling author of two tie-in novels for the videogame series Metal Gear Solid, two tie-in novels for the videogame series Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, six original 007 novels, three James Bond film novelizations, and three short stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345527151
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEP990
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Weekend Read February 22, 2011
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This book is good but its not great. It offers a very straight forward narrative that alternates between what happens to Ben Walker and Walker's journal. The author only really fleshes out a few other characters so its hard to get attached to some of them. However, the ones that are fleshed out like Wally Kopple are likable and at times sarcastic in the best of ways. I overall enjoyed the book with its short chapters and recurring action sequences. It's not chalked full of senseless action but it happens enough to keep the book on a fast-pace ride. It won't be winning any literary awards anytime soon but it offers an incite into a real possible future. I found that to be the most disturbing aspect of it all. This could really happen, maybe not by a "Unified Korea" but who knows. If you plan on playing the game, like I do, you will like this prequel and will likely feel more connected to the game as it plays out. If you're looking for an easy, quick read with action and a little romance this is the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing setup to the game... March 28, 2011
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This book is action packed and was the perfect setup!!! If you are a gamer and like to know more about the backround of your games, read the books. Benson and Milius did a wonderful job drawing the reader into an alternate reality. The book is believable, realistic, and most of all highly plausible. If you have the game and are reading this, READ IT(if you like the game lol). If you want to know more about your future in Occupied America get your information here !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love the game and the book March 29, 2011
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This book was an amazing look inside a possible but unsettleing future. this book follows the story of ex-reporter ben walker fleeing his L.A home weeks after an EMP detonation and a full scale invasion by The Greater Korean Republic. later in the book Ben is known as THe Voice Of Freedom, the voice of a propaganda resistance radio station provoding info on attacks and battles involving the nationwide resistance cells and the GKR. By the end, Walker had taken a beating throughout the book, but that just proves us Americans are determined. it was an overall good book but it scares the crap out of me just thinking about this becoming reality. i hope you find this review helpful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, So GREAT. April 23, 2011
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I've been a huge fan of John Milius' work for as long as I can remember, and this book just seems to shred any doubt I may have had. This book follows Ben Walker ( The "Voice of Freedom" you hear during the loading screens between chapters in the game) and takes place between the days leading up to the EMP that sets this franchise in motion, all the way to right up before Robert Jacobs' story takes place in the video game. This book does a phenomenal job in explaining the back story to what goes on in the game, and really sheds a horrific light on how terrible things became after the EMP and during the Occupation. I'm not a huge fan of reading fiction, but I can safely say this book combines the better parts of the struggle of Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" with the dynamic progression and flow of Tom Clancy's Character Jack Ryan(Patriot Games,The Hunt for Red October,Clear and Present Danger, etc).

In short, this book not only "fills in the cracks" for the story in the Video game, but it does so much more to establish the universe of Homefront. It's an examination into the vulnerability we've as a technological society have exposed ourself to, and an emotional exploration of both the American and Human spirit. The uneasy thing about this universe is that all of the events portrayed in this story are so plausible it almost looks as if you're looking into your future.

I would recommended this book to ANYONE. It mixes the nuances more thoroughly read people will enjoy with enough action to keep the modest reader entertained.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a decent read... March 19, 2011
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i actually read this after playing the game. the book is set before the goings on of the game and kind of set the stage for what's happening. there's even one throwaway moment where the character you play in the game shows up, never to reappear... anyway the book kept my attention all the way through and definitely kept the excitement level up. i loved the main character because he's just an 'everyman' who steps up.

my only gripe is with the ending... it left very little closure and in the end had very little to do with the video game, which also in my opinion had very little closure. so it seems like they are trying to set up a franchise but, due to some poor reviews of the game itself, may never come to pass. so just be ready to be wondering what happens next... and not get any answers...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good prequel story to the game May 3, 2011
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If you like or love the Homefront game I'd recommend getting the book, it shows more of the characters you know and adds some new ones. This book also goes a little deeper into how life is like living in an occupied USA and how some of the Koreans think as you see the POV of a sleeper agent as well as "The Voice of Freedom" from the games.

Hope those who buy this book enjoy it as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homefront: The Voice of Freedom Kindle-version April 26, 2011
By Antares
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This book was hard to put down. I live in MO and was surprised at the accuracy of the towns and area around the state. This better be the first of at least a follow-up book or trilogy. Once you start this book it is hard to put down. LATER.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these alternative settings
This story is fantastic. Bought it because of the game coming out but the book exceeded it! Definitely worth a read.
Published 2 months ago by DemandingSky
3.0 out of 5 stars It was nice seeing characters like Boone
Standard read anyone could finish in under three days. I did. Very realistic and terrifying plan of how the Greater Korean Republic took down America's defenses in less than a few... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It is a really good book definitely something to get if you like red dawn. My only problem was that it was really short.
Published 11 months ago by james johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
A great book to compliment a great video game. It shows some things the game could not and is very good.
Published 12 months ago by Ben Cafeo
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
I am a fan of post apocalypse books, movies, and games. Before I read this book I played and beat the video game Homefront which in itself was a great story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Denis Trufin
4.0 out of 5 stars What could happen tomorrow
Very compelling story about how fragile our country is today and how strong its citizens can become.
Home front is a good read.
Published 21 months ago by william adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book makes the story of the game that much better. I would recommend reading this if you played the game.
Published on April 22, 2013 by BRIAN
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
it goes kind of with the game cliffhanger though
hpoefully there is another book like a sequel again great book
Published on March 5, 2013 by jacob sauve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion for the game
This book tells the story before the events on Homefront game, about how an Los Angeles blogger/journalist escaped from the North Korean invasion and later became the "Voice of... Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by Expedito Paz
5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal read for the 21st century Apocolypse!
This is a scary book, mainly because it is plausible. I know folks think "North Korea?, Really?", but the premise is already on its way to being a reality: young new charismatic... Read more
Published on January 10, 2013 by AsymetricFore
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More About the Author

As of Spring 2013, Raymond Benson is the author of thirty published titles. These include the new BLACK STILETTO series (www.theblackstiletto.net) featuring a 1950s costumed female vigilante: THE BLACK STILETTO (2011); THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE (2012); and the newest chapter, THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES (2013). He also wrote six original JAMES BOND novels (now collected in the recent anthologies THE UNION TRILOGY and CHOICE OF WEAPONS and available separately as Kindle books). His backlist of original thrillers are available as Kindle books: EVIL HOURS, FACE BLIND, TORMENT, ARTIFACT OF EVIL, and others. His classic reference book from 1984, THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, is now a revised Kindle book. Raymond is also a prolific tie-in writer: he penned three James Bond film novelizations, the first two best-selling TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL novels (for the latter he used the pseudonym of "David Michaels"), and with John Milius he wrote HOMEFRONT: THE VOICE OF FREEDO. He also produced novelizations of other popular videogames--METAL GEAR SOLID and METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY, and HITMAN (HITMAN: DAMNATION). There's a lot more, so if you want the full story visit the author at his website... www.raymondbenson.com!

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