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Orphan's Alliance (Jason Wander) [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Buettner
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November 1, 2008 Jason Wander (Book 4)
Humans have been discovered on the Outworlds. And the Army decides to send emissaries. Emissaries like Jason Wander.

As intraplanetary conflicts rage around him, and the personal stakes get ever higher, Jason finds that playing planet-hopping politician can be harder than commanding armies.

When united mankind squares off to battle the Slugs for a precious interstellar crossroad, Jason will discover that the most dangerous enemy may be the one he least expects.

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Robert Buettner is a former Military Intelligence Officer, National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology, and has been published in the field of Natural Resources Law. He lives in Georgia, creating the sequel to ORPHAN'S ALLIANCE and snowboarding passably. His website is:

Product Details

  • Series: Jason Wander (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001748
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Command November 19, 2008
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Readers of the Orphan Series might see parallels with David Feintuch's excellent Hope Series. Both Jason Wander and Nicholas Seafort fought amorphous blobs that appeared suddenly from the depths of outer space. But there the similarity ends, or does it? Buettner's Wander seems to vacillate whenever the big decisions need to be made and is wracked with guilt afterward. Feintuch's Seafort, on the other hand, is hard-edged and inflexible, sacrificing his people, seemingly without regard, in order to save the human race. Yet both characters make the big decisions and both characters win their battles: Wander just externalizes his guilt while Seafort internalizes his. Both characters understand the price of command.

There is a haplessness about Jason Wander that should make the Orphan Series light fare for space opera. Compared to the heightened tension of the Hope Series which, in Challenger's Hope, is some of the best that I have ever read, the Orphan Series underachieves from page to page. But this is where Buettner demonstrates his skill, and why the Orphan Series has been so enjoyable to read. The comedy of armed conflict, the miscues, the misfits, the humor that soldiers must find in order to maintain their sanity--this is what Buettner is exploring in simple narrative form, punctuated throughout with snappy, profound passages and references to military tradition. This is a futuristic story set in outer space, but it reads as entirely down to earth.

Winning the peace is Wander's challenge this time, which he bumbles through like Jacques Clouseau, but an edge of urgency accompanies him as he deals with the petty posturing of his new allies. As always, politicians make war through action (or inaction) and soldiers, often shaking their heads in disbelief, must fight. To reveal more would spoil the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Price of War; The Price of Humanity May 6, 2009
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After establishing an uneasy alliance with other human colonies on earth like wars in the previous installment (ORPHAN'S JOURNEY), Jason Wander finds himself playing the role of diplomat and warrior, a balance the Wander has had difficulty (and great success) doing in the past. Using interstellar travel methods similar to wormholes, Wander planet hops to build strengthen Earth's alliance against the never ending confrontation with the Slug armada that always seems to be knocking at the doorstep, leading to a beautifully thought out and wonderfully executed battle.

Robert Buettner has created a world that is believable and has explored a new aspect of humanity in each installment of the Jason Wander series. In ORPHAN'S ALLIANCE he tackles the price of war and the alliances of humans with personal interests with a war that hinges loosely on one more battle.

Buettner brings the cast of characters back that readers have grown fond of including Ord, Jude, Munchkin, and Howard. ORPHAN'S ALLIANCE brings a whole new element to his series with some true feeling, hard hitting emotions to the characters and their actions. As in every war, death strikes close to home and the emotional responses are touching to say the least. There are few books that I have had a true emotional response to, and Buettner achieved this with me not once, but twice toward the end of the book. Negating the rest of the other profound achievements in this book, these two moments alone are worth the time invested in reading this book.

Highly recommended.

Good reading,

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Addition to the Jason Wander Series May 17, 2009
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Orphan's Alliance is Book Four of the Jason Wander Series. Thus far the series has gone from near great, with the first two volumes (Orphanage and Orphan's Destiny), and has slid to near mediocrity in the current installment.

Jason Wander is a wonderful character though. He was an orphan in a lot of trouble going nowhere fast and was given a choice between imprisonment and the Army. He chose the Army. In the middle of the human fight against the alien invaders, termed slugs, he showed his true character and became a hero. Eventually, Jason Wander finds himself a commander and general, and in this volume a quasi-diplomat.

Buettner has been compared to Robert A. Heinlein, which is not just a stretch, but blasphemy. Nevertheless Jason Wander reminds one of the self-made men that were at the center of many of the Grand Master's works, especially his military heroes.

Orphan's alliance finds Jason Wander trying to pull together the Outerworlds where humans have been transplanted by slugs nearly 30,000 years ago to mine Cavorite, the substance that fuels the light year jumps between planets and universes. They have varying degrees of technological progress, but they are all backwards. It doesn't say much for the human race that they all are very warlike and Wander mostly finds them in near apocalyptic battles against each other.

Jason is assigned to bring peace to the Outerworlds and form an alliance. On Bren, where we last saw Wander broker peace, he is sent to help broker an agreement to offer Bren citizens the chance to develop a space station called The Mousetrap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid series; good characters
Very good overall. Excellent mil scifi and worth the read. Real science and conjecture in a tight mixture, and characters you can relate to. Nice work Mr. Buettner.
Published 4 months ago by Courtney Allen
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Published 5 months ago by Evan J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned Sci-Fi
If you are an old fashioned sci-fi reader, this will take you back to the days of Robert Heinlein. Each book in the series is standalone, but much more fun to take the five books... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John J. Cohn
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Great Book
Published 9 months ago by Sly Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoy this series
I have enjoyed every book in this series and fully encourage others to read this series as well. It definitely has everything a good book needs
Published 11 months ago by Michael Dufour
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the entire Jason Wander series
I love the entire Jason Wander series. I have read them all. The first is always the best, but i liked this one as well.
Published 14 months ago by Chris Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation to the Slug War.
The Orphan's Series is one of my favorite Military Science Fiction sagas, it contains great characters, stories, humor, and great action. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Reading Continues!
Just when you think it can not get more fun, it does! I mean this is not Nobel quatily, but it is a great way to relax and be entertained. A good series for vacation travel!
Published 23 months ago by Roger S King
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read
Fairly we'll written novel, holds your attention and tells an interesting and fairly predictable story in a fast paced manner without undue attempts to over explain the currently... Read more
Published 23 months ago by D. Donovan
3.0 out of 5 stars Survivor's Guilt Again
Jason Wander, the hero of pitched battles, has made the transition to traveling troubleshooter. A staff officer without permanent command, he'll stitch together the forces Earth... Read more
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Robert Buettner's best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, 2004 Quill Award nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel, was called the Post-9/11 generation's Starship Troopers and has been adapted for film by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for Davis Entertainment (Predator, I Robot, Eragon). Orphanage and other books in Robert's Jason Wander series have been translated into Chinese, Czech, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Robert was a 2005 Quill nominee for Best New Writer, and his fifth novel, Orphan's Triumph, was a Fandomania Top 15 Selection for 2009.

In April, 2015 Baen books released his eighth novel, and third in his Orphan's Legacy series, Balance Point, in mass market paperback format. Balance Point had already been a national bestseller at its initial release.

A long-time Heinlein Society member, Robert wrote the Afterword for Baen's recent re-issue of Heinlein's Green Hills of Earth/Menace From Earth short story collection. Robert's own original short story, Sticks and Stones, appears in the anthology, Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams. His short stories Mole Hunt and Magic and Other Honest Lies, as well as his July, 2015 novelette, The 100 MPG Carburetor and Other Self-Evident Truths, are available free online at

Robert served as the author judge for the 2011 National Space Society Jim Baen Memorial short story writing contest.

Robert is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology. As attorney of record in more than three thousand cases, he practiced in the U.S. federal courts, before courts and administrative tribunals in no fewer than thirteen states, and in five foreign countries. Six, if you count Louisiana.

He lives in Georgia with his family and more bicycles than a grownup needs.

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