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About the Author

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: www.RobertBuettner.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jason Wander (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001731
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

In April, 2014 Baen books released his eighth novel, and third in his Orphan's Legacy series, Balance Point, which became a national bestseller in its first week of release. A long-time Heinlein Society member, he 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. 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Black on April 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved the first book in this series, especially because the main character, Jason, was a wise guy infrantryman who screwed up a lot. In this,third, book, he's grown into a thinking man's wise guy, but he still screws up a lot which continues the entertainment.

The other thing that has grown in this book is the scope of the story. It intorduces new worlds, cultures, and characters, and it does so with twists I didn't expect. That's what takes this book to a higher level than the first one.

I think you can pick this book up without the background of the first two and it will read just fine, but if you do, you'll probably be hungry to go back to them, anyway. It's a fine addition to a fine series, and, according to the flyleaf, there are at least two more books to come in a few months.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cato on April 9, 2008
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On his third mission, Jason Wander is now commander of a quarter-million man (and monster) army on a distant planet that's eerily similar to earth. Yes, the Slugs are back, but Buettner has packed this one with several other cool creatures and characters, making ORPHAN'S JOURNEY a wild cross between STARSHIP TROOPERS, GLORY, and JURASSIC PARK. (Yes, I just said GLORY).

Buettner digs deep into Jason's fears as a newly appointed leader (not to mention guardian of his godson Jude), yet keeps the action fast and furious (the Slug attack at a huge fairground is super-charged scifi action at its best). With warring "tribes" forced to unite or be destroyed, plenty of technology-meets-old fashioned (and even prehistoric) musing, ORPHAN'S JOURNEY is a fine addition to this series. I'm addicted and can't wait for the November release of the 4th installment.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2008
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This book is brilliant in its use of overwhelmingly human characters, their blunders and their heroism.

Orphanage and its following two novels (including Orphan's Journey) enhance the science fiction genre with unpredictable events, a conceivable and edge-of-your-seat story line, and a sense of adventure that inspires readers to devour the book's printed words.

I highly and strongly recommend this book to all lovers of science fiction and to those who enjoy watching human character unfurl before them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 2, 2008
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As an advisor to the Tibetan rebels, General Jason Wander had orders not to fire at the Chinese troops unless he came under fire from them. However, he could not let the rebels he trusted die in combat so he disobeys a direct order. To keep him out of further trouble the brass exiles him to the New Moon resort station where scientists work on figuring out how to fly a space ship captured from a Slug with engine powered Cavorite at its core. The ship was captured during the most recent hostility. Jason is on the station to get his godson Jude to power it up with reflexes only he has and which are needed to interface with the engine starting up.

Jason persuades Jude they need it done so they can fly back to earth together, but something goes wrong; the Cavorite fueled ship takes off from the station and travels through a black hole before landing on the planet Bren. For a millennium they have mined Cavorite and given it to the Slugs so they will be left alive and alone to fight amongst themselves. However, when Jason and his crew touch down, the Slugs decide to eradicate all humans except those they need as drones and slaves. Jason has to unite the feuding clans, who have been at war with one another for years, if they hope to extricate the Slugs from Bren for that is the only way they will survive. Adding to his dilemma is the Slugs are breeding so his chances of winning are nil unless he can come up with a dramatic Hail Mary. Whatever happen he is responsible because the clan leaders named him Commander.

The latest Jason Wander military science fiction thriller (see ORPHANAGE and ORPHAN'S DESTINY) is a great space opera reminiscent of the early Heinlein sagas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardner Andersen on June 2, 2008
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I promised myself I would sleep on the plane. After a late night, I needed the sleep. I pulled out Orphan's Journey while standing in line at security. I was tired, but I wasn't in the air yet. "I can finish a chapter or two before these TSA folks get to me," I told myself.

At the terminal, I slumped into a chair. I had thirty minutes before they started boarding. How many pages could I read before then? I resolved to find out.

Why stop while shuffling to my seat? Seriously. My peripheral vision could guide me! Buckled in, I knew I wouldn't be able to stay asleep during the din of takeoff. One more chapter. OK, now my eyes are hurting. I've been awake too long - gotten too few hours of shut-eye - but I can't possibly close the book now! Would I like something to drink? Yes, but hold the caffeine. I've got my thumbs wrapped around pure adrenaline!

Two hours later, Orphan's Journey made a liar out of me. I didn't sleep a wink, but I was done. And I loved it.

Journey takes the Orphanage series to a new level. Think "Land of the Lost" meets "Starship Troopers." This is by far Buettner's most mature material yet - unique and fully realized.

Enjoy!
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