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Book 1, The Subterrene War Trilogy

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Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 18, 2011 – McCarthy's compelling debut introduces Oscar "Scout" Wendell, a journalist and self-destructive adrenaline junkie who embeds with the Marines when Russia and the United States go to war over rich mineral deposits discovered in Kazakhstan. Plunged into a nightmarish world of subterranean combat and random death, Scout feels his identity slipping away as he and his fellows are reduced to faceless cogs in an infernal war machine. He finds an unexpected emotional anchor in Sophie, a genetically engineered super-soldier. Though Sophie soon begins to deteriorate, their romance never turns either mawkish or faux tragic. McCarthy, a geologist and former CIA analyst, crafts a portrait of the effects of battlefield stress that is difficult to bear but impossible to put down. Recalling the work of Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr, McCarthy's delirious narrative avoids clich and raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Read

Gritty and vivid is is a well written tale of future resource wars with echoes of current conflicts (no surprise given the author's day job at the CIA). He creates a future that is violent, believable, and populated by flawed and interesting characters.

Unique and Wonderful

I started reading this book expecting just another average sci-fi novel. But once I got into reading it I realized I had stumbled onto something wonderful. This book is well written, gives a pretty accurate description of war, how war affects the soldiers fighting in it (psychology), and how war affects the soldiers even once the war is over and they leave the military. A great read which I recommend to everyone

Great read.

Enjoyed the Sci-Fi theme very much as well as the character development.

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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Aug 01, 2011
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Subterrene War Trilogy
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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