Brad Thor meets Avatar in this timely thriller for the drone age, as award-winning author Christopher Golden spins the troubles of today into the apocalypse of tomorrow.
After political upheaval, economic collapse, and environmental disaster, the world has become a hotspot, boiling over into chaos of near apocalyptic proportions. In this perpetual state of emergency, all that separates order from anarchy is the military might of a United States, determined to keep peace among nations waging a free-for-all battle for survival and supremacy.
But a conflict unlike any before demands an equally unprecedented fighting force on its front lines. Enter the Remote Infantry Corps: robot soldiers deployed in war zones around the world, controlled by human operators thousands of miles from the action. PFC Danny Kelso is one of these "Tin Men", stationed with his fellow platoon members at a subterranean base in Germany, steering their cybernetic avatars through combat in the civil-war-ravaged streets of Syria. Immune to injury and death, this brave new breed of American warrior has a battlefield edge that's all but unstoppable - until a flesh-and-blood enemy targets the Tin Men's high-tech advantage in a dangerously game-changing counter strike.
"[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)
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Good not great
- Keith Wiebe
Great story with surprising twists