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Tin Men: A Novel Hardcover – June 23, 2015
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“A chilling tale of a world that could be, Tin Men is a vicious beast—Starship Troopers meets Generation Kill—that left my nerves fried and my brain craving another fix.”—Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising and Golden Son
“When the human soul thrums inside machines of war, the ultimate weapon is born. Golden crafts a unique combination of Terminator and Saving Private Ryan.”—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive
“As military robots proliferate, we have all wondered whether the wealthy will use them to dominate those with fewer resources. Fascinating and thrilling, Tin Men imagines a future in which the playing field is suddenly and violently leveled. When the stakes are life or death, will the soldiers behind the robots still have what it takes to survive?”—Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse
“This evocative tale of the possible and the probable takes a wild walk on the perilous side. Along the way, we get a top-of-the-line lesson in what may actually be in store for us one day. You’re going to love this thrilling, taut drama.”—Steve Berry, author of The Lincoln Myth
“Tin Men is a sobering, frightening glimpse into the future of our own runaway technology, plausible, riveting, and highly recommended!”—Jonathan Maberry, author of Predator One and V-Wars
“Tin Men is not just a kick-ass near-future thriller; it’s a story of the resilience of the human spirit in the midst of a barely imaginable global cataclysm. Packed with genuine suspense, it had me on the edge of my seat.”—F. Paul Wilson, author of Fear City
“Christopher Golden’s Tin Men is a phenomenal future-tech military thrill ride that checks all the blocks: American Sniper meets Avatar.”—Weston Ochse, author of SEAL Team 666
“Tin Men is a hard-charging near-future thriller that is both exciting and prescient. Gut-clenching tension and characters you actually care about elevate this book above others in its field. Golden doesn’t mess around, and proves his own name true: His stories are as precious as gold.”—Chuck Wendig, author of Zer0es and Blackbirds
“Christopher Golden strikes into Tom Clancy territory for his highly enjoyable new SF technothriller. . . . [Tin Men] is a fast-paced, thrilling read set in a credible future to which I hope Golden returns soon. Highly recommended.”—Sci-Fi Bulletin
“[A] superior near-future shoot-’em-up . . . a wonderfully effective SF thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
“The action and intrigue never relent in this all-too-real scenario of our future.”—Booklist
“A futuristic thriller that mixes science fiction, world politics, and gobs of action . . . an enjoyable and almost plausible peek into a future world under American protection.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (June 23, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 034554885X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345548856
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.2 x 9.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If that’s all you need to know, then go ahead and buy it now. But, if not …
“Tin Men” represents Christopher Golden’s first foray (to my knowledge) into the genre of a futuristic military thriller, and provides a solid, action-driven plot that explores a possible future for modern ground warfare through the eyes of a wide range of characters in multiple settings.
Taking place in the not-so-distant future, soldiers in America’s Remote Infantry Corps link their minds directly to super-soldier robot counterparts and carry out missions across the world. Operating without the fear of death, these “drone pilots” prove to be more than a match for essentially all terrorist and insurgent enemies.
And the Remote Infantry has no shortage of foes. This is a world declining into chaos through a combination of political, social, and environmental factors. Radical activist and terror networks use both technology and increasing broad public resentment against U.S. forces to fuel an ambiguous but violent insurgency. When the world suffers a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that knocks the entire planet’s infrastructure back to the 18th century, members of the Remote Infantry Corps come to some sobering realizations about themselves, their world, and both the government and technology in which they placed their trust.
“Tin Men” focuses on a squad of soldiers (and specifically PFC Denny Kelso and Corporal Kate Wade) battling increasingly impossible odds as they attempt travel from Pakistan to their home base in Germany. In addition to challenges within their own ranks, Kelso and Wade match both wits and firepower against violent fanatics who pursue them with a new bot-killing weapon.
The marketing blurb from publisher Ballantine Books links Golden’s “Tin Men” to the writing of Brad Thor (specifically, “Brad Thor meets Avatar…”). This is misleading. My opinion is that Golden is a vastly better writer than Thor. I’ll also note that Thor’s very conservative politics play a prominent, heavy-handed role in his novels. In contrast, Golden spends less time politically soapboxing his fiction, and when he does it’s more subtle and nuanced.
Nonetheless, when Golden lifts the veil, he reveals himself as being more left-of-center. For example, though it’s never said how far into the future the story takes place, it posits that one of the reasons for increasing global chaos is the catastrophic effects of climate change. This will not please conservative climate-change skeptics in the reading world. “Tin Men” also takes a several beats inside of all the action to offer multiple perspectives (and some not flattering…) on the U.S. military’s continuous state of warfare since September 11, 2001, as well as how the “War on Terror” is perceived by those outside the United States.
“Tin Men” has a few blemishes mixed in with its many strengths. For readers seeking a hard-science techno-thriller, you’ll be disappointed. Most of the tech in “Tin Men” falls into that Star Trek oeuvre of stuff that works … well … just because it does. There are also instances where, if you take a breath during the non-stop action, you may pause long enough to ask “Wait. If they can do X, then why don’t they just do Y to prevent Z badness from happening?” Also, there’s something of a love story that feels spackled in, as they often do in action-thriller novels.
Then again, I may not be much of a romantic. That’s on me.
Whether or not these minor flaws prevent you from enjoying the novel depends on your ability to set aside a few foibles in the interest of reading a fun, fast-paced novel. I had no problem with any of it and enthusiastically recommend “Tin Men”.
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It's reminiscent of many taut action thriller films, and wouldn't be surprised if it got turned into one. The vision it paints is grim, and is a future I hope no one ever sees. The characters are well drawn, and I could picture real life actors easily. Some other reviewer said they were thinly characterised, but they were perfectly serviceable, and any deeper characterisation would arrest the pace, which is amazing. It hurtles along at a delightful speed with few chapter breaks encouraging a continual read.