- Series: Outriders (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot; Reissue edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857664514
- ISBN-13: 978-0857664518
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Probably my favorite part of this book is that it fills in some of the gaps in my understanding of characters and greatly helped my understanding of the technology. In the second book I thought the armor was impressive. In this first book, where we get more exposition on it, I was practically drooling over the armor, it was just so cool! And the characters who were fun to read in Sungrazer became even more endearing in Outriders because we got to know more about who they are and where they come from.
And the dialogue! Holy wah the dialogue is so entertaining! Even when it's full of exposition it's told in such a way that you're more intrigued than bored. Especially when 'One-Time' Mike is talking. Seriously, every group has to have a clown and he more than lives up to the role. He even had Master Sergeant Wright, one of the most stoic women I've ever read, trying not to laugh out loud while hiding her smile. The dialogue always feels so natural, especially when the characters are all so intelligent.
Each and every character brings something to the table. I don't think there's any wasted information or dialogue. I was never left wondering what happened with this or that. I was never caught of guard by something out of left-field, yet the book is not predictable. This is a well thought out plot with a well thought out characters. I'm gonna see about rereading Sungrazer and then start bugging the author and publisher for the next book in the series. I really like the books on their own, but as a series, they're wonderful reads!
Somehow things came together in the second half, and I realized Mr. Posey likes puzzles. The further I got into assembling it, the more I enjoyed it. The center mass of the book is fairly familiar special ops, well done and exciting. The team leader is moderately interesting, but there is clearly more to be learned about the others. All in all, a much better read than I had thought at the half-way mark.
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.
By the time I was half-way through the book, it had become a real slog. The story loses any suspense as the author constantly dives into what he seems to imagine is military detail. This tends to fracture the plot and ruin any suspense. In the second half of the book the author also loses the ability to move believably between scenes. It reads like a bunch of half-baked plot threads that are thrown together.
Looking back, I probably should have quit half way through the book. While I didn't spend a lot of money on the book, it was not worth the time I will never get back.