Germline by T. C. McCarthy audiobook

Germline

By T. C. McCarthy
Read by Donald Corren

Blackstone Publishing 9780316128186

The Subterrene War Series: Book 1

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Germline (n): the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage that can be passed to the next generation. Also (slang): secret military program to develop genetically engineered supersoldiers. One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral-rich mountains of Kazakhstan. War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death—it smells like a Pulitzer. But Kaz changes people, and the chaos of war feels a bit too much like home. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of drugs and adrenaline, Oscar starts down a dark road that he won’t be able to turn back from.

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Summary

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

One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral-rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death—it smells like a Pulitzer.

But Kaz changes people, and the chaos of war feels a bit too much like home. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of drugs and adrenaline, Oscar starts down a dark road that he won’t be able to turn back from.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Compelling…Recalling the work of Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr, McCarthy’s delirious narrative avoids cliché and raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Brilliantly written…One of the most compelling science fiction books of the year. Germline is much more than a novel about a futuristic war.” Impact magazine
“Delivers a rapid-fire military SF adventure that explores the relationship between the runaway development of technology and biotech and the long-term consequences that ensue. Fans of military SF and science-based SF will enjoy the unusual setting and vivid battle descriptions.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Russell1 9/13/2017
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Good but somewhat predictable

The story involves a futuristic war setting, but the core is reminiscent of Blade Runner and the end, while satisfying, is somewhat predictable. Certainly worth a "read," however.
by Samuel 9/13/2017
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A first person foray into a future war through the eyes of an increasingly strung-out failed journalist

In her review for Bull Spec #6, C.D. Covington called Germline "equal parts The Forever War and Hammer's Slammers" and that's pretty high praise. The book doesn't have the star-spanning scope of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, and it doesn't have the attention to detail of Hammer's Slammers. But neither of these is the point. This novel is a first person foray into a future war through the eyes of an increasingly strung-out failed journalist. There is no lengthy exposition of how the battle suits work, what the weapons or countryside look like, or, in fact, lengthy exposition at all. There are missteps (particularly in some of the major transitions) and the book doesn't achieve perfection, but there's just something to it: something which vaguely recalls Vonnegut, or even Kerouac, in its bouncing, drug-blurred narrative. Publishers Weekly name-checks "Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr" but these names don't mean much to me (though a quick trip to Wikipedia was quite informative). At a brisk 9 hours, very well-cast with Corren's narration, it was exactly the summer change-up I needed from the 40-50 hour epics of George R.R. Martin. (Which I enjoyed immensely in that mode, but there's a certain discount factor when comparing books of 9 and 50 hours!)

Author

Author Bio: T. C. McCarthy

Author Bio: T. C. McCarthy

T. C. McCarthy is an award–winning and critically acclaimed author and technology development strategist. His short fiction, both literary and genre, has appeared in Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas, Story Quarterly, Nature, and multiple anthologies. His debut novel Germline won the Compton Crook Award in 2012.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English