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Outriders Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2016
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“A few pages into Outriders and I forgot the book was set in a sci-fi world. Jay nails the mindset and the dynamics of a special operations unit. Keenly written with authentic characters, Outriders was one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time.”
- Kevin Maurer, author of Hunter Killer and No Easy Day
“Spoiler alert: The main character dies on page one. And then things get very interesting. Posey’s Outriders is thrilling, action-packed science fiction that grabs and doesn’t let go!”
- Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle
“Outriders offers up a realistic portrayal of grey world / black ops while doing some nice horizon busting both conceptually and technologically. A highly enjoyable read.”
- August Cole, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
“With Outriders, Jay Posey announces himself as belonging in the top rank of military science fiction authors. Effortlessly cool and instantly engaging, Outriders is impossible to put down.”
- Richard Dansky, lead writer, Tom Clancy’s The Division
“I literally bit my nails to the quick from the non-stop, mind-bending action and tension - Jay Posey, you owe me new fingernails, but I forgive you that along with the lost sleep. It was well worth every minute of it. This is classic interplanetary outer-space sci-fi in the grand classical tradition and I ate it up! I really can’t wait until Book #2 is ready to read - so get writing already - those are your marching orders, Mr. Posey! And for you sci-fi fans out there, I highly recommend Outriders!”
- Popcorn Reads
“This book should have come with a warning - Attention! Once started this book cannot be put down. An amazing blending of military action & SF. I have rarely encountered a book that I HAD to finish; it kept me up all night. But it was worth it.”
- A Book Drunkard
“I really enjoyed reading this. It was very smooth, and felt more like a conventional spec-ops novel translated into the future…”
- Morning Book Review
“The adventure zipped along at a cracking pace with plenty of tension.”
“This was a fun read. Outriders is a story well-balanced between a space opera and military science fiction.”
- Jerald Nichols
“At the heart of Outriders is a thriller with bursts of action and a book you begin to read and realise you’ve become so engrossed in that a whole day has passed by without you noticing.”
- Strange Alliances
“People are judged on the content of their character, their actions and choices, not even a little bit on what they look like or who their ancestors were. I hope other authors take note. This is how you do diversity.”
- Reanne Reads
“It is a military science fiction adventure story with a twisty plot and a complex political landscape. It focuses on a very small unit of people with character development as a centerpiece but the plot gods are also appeased. A great read for lovers of science fiction adventure!”
- Bull Spec
“It read like a good Spec Ops story, but with the added flavor of being set in the future. I look forward to reading more in this series. 5/5.”
- John Purvis
“Jay Posey is stepping up and showing the science fiction community that he is a powerhouse in the genre.”
- Looking for a Good Book
“Posey’s writing is easy, the characters nuanced, and certainly there is a lot to love here as a result. The villains are just as interesting as the good guys and there is definitely a set up for a larger story.”
- Online Eccentric Librarian
“Outriders offers a high-paced blend of near-future space opera and military sf, and in a nutshell it’s good fun.”
- SFF World
“Very smooth… like a conventional spec-ops novel translated into the future.”
- Morning Book Review
About the Author
Jay Posey is a narrative designer, author, and screenwriter. Currently employed as Senior Narrative Designer at Red Storm Entertainment, he's spent about 8 years writing and designing for Tom Clancy's award-winning Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises. He started in the video game industry in 1998, and has been writing professionally for over a decade. A contributing author to the book Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing, Jay has lectured at conferences, colleges, and universities, on topics ranging from basic creative writing skills to advanced material specific to the video game industry. The author lives in Durham, NC.
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Jay Posey sets the stage for this military action- adventure in a futuristic world where the Moon and Mars have been colonized and have their own governing bodies. Tensions are running high between Mars and Earth, especially when the fleet of the Martian Peoples Collective Republic begins manoeuvres in the controlled space around their planet, Earth reciprocates with countermeasures and the least little spark between the antagonists could ignite a war.
Well-written, the action precise and finely-tuned, intensity and suspense escalate with the team's raids on a security installation on the Moon to free a brilliant and notorious tech-specialist and a criminal run outpost as well as an assault on a civilian vessel to release the only survivor from YN-773, the doomed space station. Yet for all the imaginative weaponry, vehicles and armour in this military high-tech story the writer raises some ethical and emotional questions about medical intervention after death; the storage of soldiers' consciousness, production of replicas and the continual resurrection of members of the team.
Although the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat, never letting go until the end with twists that keeps your head spinning, it's the characters that infuse the missions with high-energy and anticipation. Through their dialogue and behaviour the author creates realistic, dynamic personalities like Captain Lincoln Suh. A skilled warrior and conscientious leader his judgement calls are often based on his keen observations and sharp instincts. Yet it's his humanistic approach, his care and concern for his team that makes him such a fine leader. Included in Link's Outriders team are; the wary, defiant and sharp-tongued Sargeant Wright; the humorous, good-natured Sargeant Mike Pence; the tough, resourceful and skilled medic Sargeant Sabil Nakarmi;and First Class Avery Coleman (Thumper) a saucy, highly intelligent tech-specialist.
In this story Jay Posey ingeniously keeps the identity and motive of the main villain- "the Woman"-under wraps until the end while her accomplice codename Vector takes center stage for much of the action. Although a hardened ex-military soldier primed to carry out his boss's devious and treacherous plan, he can't be described as cruel or heartless as he's lenient towards Piper even after her escape attempts. Driven by a purpose and determined to succeed he's very fatalistic when confronted with his death.
I liked "Outriders" a gripping science fiction thrill-ride that kept me enthralled from beginning to end and I look forward to the continuation of a fascinating series that promises more action-packed, covert missions.
Story: Lincoln Suh is proud to be selected for a special military training program; but when he is summarily dismissed for mysterious reasons, he is shattered. Only to them be recruited into a covert ops team with no accountability: the Outriders. Now heading the team, he and his squad will do all they can under the radar to ensure their missions' successes. And whether they are performing surveillance, extractions, or discovery missions, we know they will get the job done.
Those expecting typical sci fi action will likely surprised since there is very little of that in here. Admittedly, I was hoping more for sci fi 'pew pew' laser battles rather than cloak and dagger. I'm not really a fan of spy novels and that is what we have with Outriders. But Posey's writing is easy, the characters nuanced, and certainly there is a lot to love here as a result. The villains are just as interesting as the good guys and there is definitely a set up for a larger story (though this ends on a solid note and without a cliffhanger).
In all, I enjoyed Outriders but want to classify it as adventure more than sci fi. Certainly, I look forward to the next novel in the series.
It has a good pace, with the author, Posey, striking a good balance between the science and the action. It starts off strong, and builds speed throughout to the point that you have difficulty putting it down. If you like the idea of SEAL Team in the future, you'll love this book. I hope to have a few more adventures with these characters.
The story is well developed and intriguing. It's part of a series, but doesn't leave you hanging at the end. This story completes, but gives you hope that there is a new story coming.
The characters are human, with faults and graces. They are natural in dialogue and actions, nothing reads as forced.
Just finished and already have the next book cued up to go.