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Defenders by [Will McIntosh]

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As with Love Minus Eighty (2013), McIntosh expands another short story into a novel in this near-future military science-fiction adventure. It’s 2029 and the mind-reading capabilities of alien invaders, the Luyten, render Earth’s military forces ineffective, thus threatening humanity with extinction. Scientists create genetically modified superwarriors in a last-ditch effort to save the planet. Unfortunately, the free-thinking and military-minded Defenders may pose as great a threat as the aliens. Using alternating points of view in short chapters, McIntosh weaves the story among several characters. Among them are Oliver Bowen, CIA interrogator and the first to communicate with a captured Luyten; Khai Zhou, saved by the same alien and another child of the invasion; Lila Easterlin, who dreams of becoming a genetic engineer and adores the defenders for saving her. Hard-science sf readers will be disappointed in the simple treatment of technology and the standard invasion trope, but McIntosh’s strengths lie in character interaction and effective dialogue, and he succeeds in creating an emotional story of love, loyalty, and forgiveness amid the stark realities of war. --Craig Clark --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared in Asimov's (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story), Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, among others. His first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was released in 2011 from Night Shade Books, and his second novel, Hitchers, was released in February, 2012. In 2008 he became the father of twins. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00EXTQRQ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit (May 13, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 13, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1136 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 497 pages
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Will McIntosh is a science fiction and young adult author, a Hugo award winner and a winner or finalist for many other SF awards. His most recent books are THE CLASSMATE (Middle Grades, February, 2022), and FALLER (adult Science Fiction from Tor Books). His novels DEFENDERS and THE CLASSMATE are both currently optioned for film/TV, while LOVE MINUS EIGHTY, about women trapped in a cryogenic dating center, was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association. Will was a psychology professor before turning to writing full-time. Originally from New York, he lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and their twins.

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