Tin Men: A Novel

By Christopher Golden
Read by Stephen Mendel

11.35 Hours 06/23/2015 unabridged
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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.   When anarchists unleash a massive electromagnetic pulse, short-circuiting the world’s technology, Kelso and his comrades-in-arms find themselves trapped—their minds tethered within their robot bodies and, for the first time, their lives at risk.   Now, with rocket-wielding “Bot Killers” gunning for them, and desperate members of the unit threatening to go rogue, it’s the worst possible time for the Tin Men to face their most crucial mission. But an economic summit is under terrorist attack, the U.S. president is running for his life, and the men and women of the 1st Remote Infantry Division must take the fight to the next level—if they want to be the last combatants standing, not the first of their kind to fall forever.   Praise for Tin Men   “Tin Men is the literary equivalent of a muscle car: stylish and fast-paced, with a hopped-up engine of a plot. Christopher Golden starts things off at tire-burning speed and never lets up. It’s a great ride—definitely as much fun as we can ever hope to have while the world falls to ruin around us.”—Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins   “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 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, 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 From the Hardcover edition.

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Summary

Summary

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.
 
When anarchists unleash a massive electromagnetic pulse, short-circuiting the world’s technology, Kelso and his comrades-in-arms find themselves trapped—their minds tethered within their robot bodies and, for the first time, their lives at risk.
 
Now, with rocket-wielding “Bot Killers” gunning for them, and desperate members of the unit threatening to go rogue, it’s the worst possible time for the Tin Men to face their most crucial mission. But an economic summit is under terrorist attack, the U.S. president is running for his life, and the men and women of the 1st Remote Infantry Division must take the fight to the next level—if they want to be the last combatants standing, not the first of their kind to fall forever.
 
Praise for Tin Men
 
Tin Men is the literary equivalent of a muscle car: stylish and fast-paced, with a hopped-up engine of a plot. Christopher Golden starts things off at tire-burning speed and never lets up. It’s a great ride—definitely as much fun as we can ever hope to have while the world falls to ruin around us.”—Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins
 
“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 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, 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



From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
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.
[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
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  
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  
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 the literary equivalent of a muscle car: stylish and fast-paced, with a hopped-up engine of a plot. Christopher Golden starts things off at tire-burning speed and never lets up. It’s a great ride—definitely as much fun as we can ever hope to have while the world falls to ruin around us. Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins

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Author Bio: Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind, Dead Ringers, Tin Men, and Of Saints and Shadows, among many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the cocreator of two cult-favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. Golden is also the editor of such anthologies as Seize the Night, The New Dead, and Dark Cities, and the cohost of the popular podcast Three Guys with Beards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English