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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356502155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502151
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SF of the highest quality . . . Defenders works as a morality tale of mistrust and betrayal on an epic scale (SUN)

Vividly cinematic, at times uncomfortably brutal, and it reads like a runaway train . . . Will McIntosh is one of the brightest stars in science fiction right now . . . If you're not reading him yet, you're missing out (TOR.COM)

McIntosh is without a doubt one of the most underrated science fiction authors writing today. Defenders is an emotional, action-packed story . . . McIntosh's cautionary near-future tale, told from multiple perspectives, serves as a brutally honest portrayal of how humans carelessly exploit, destroy - and in this case create - other species (RT Book Reviews (Top Pick))

What makes Defenders such an incredible novel is McIntosh's pure elegance, the beauty of its simplicity. Each element of the novel, the characters, the situations, the world, the results of the world's actions, organically feed into each other as the novel progresses (SFFWorld)

This military science fiction novel offers fast paced action (Publishers Weekly)

McIntosh's novels often blend unlikely scenarios and genre tropes in ways that make you rethink them. Here he's brought together the classic veterans' "coming home" story with telepathic alien invasion and issues around what it means to have been genetically engineered for one purpose. It's a posthuman scenario that McIntosh is exploring in all its messy complexity (io9.com)

A fascinating take on how political alliances shift over time: One's bosom friend today can be one's deadly enemy tomorrow, and vice versa. McIntosh has his finger on the pulse, again (Kirkus)

When the characters scream "run", you will want to run. When Lila's fear paralyzes her, you won't be able to move. As the story continues the writing only gets better, the plotting only gets tighter, the tension ratchets up again and again and again. Every book I read by McIntosh, the guy just gets more and more amazing in his ability to absolutely shatter me (Little Red Reviewer)

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A new epic of alien invasion and human resistance by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2014
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It is 2029 and first contact has arrived in the form of the Luyten. These large, star-shaped aliens drop from their vessels at a sprint, unleashing hell, driving people into the cities, always more than one step ahead of their human enemy because, it is discovered, they are telepathic. One careless strategic thought will race like wildfire, costing lives, many millions it is believed, spreading despair. When all hope seems lost, scientist Dominique Wiewell manufactures the Defenders - organic yet machine-like warriors, three legged for speed, giant in size, unable to procreate, stunted in imagination, always hungry, deadly. Humans watch in gratitude and joy as the Defenders tear the Luyten apart. One might have expected that this would be the end of the crisis. Far from it.

Defenders presents the story of mankind's fight for survival through the perspectives of four key individuals - Oliver Bowen, an increasingly important adviser to the American President who finds himself in the unlikely position of being almost a confidante to a captured, tortured Luyten known as Five due to the number of his remaining limbs; Kai Zhou is a child, so recently an orphan, in hiding from the Luyten but whose life one of their number bizarrely saved; Dominique Wiewell is the mother of the Defenders; Lila Easterlin becomes Dominique's protégé, a girl who has great cause to hate and fear the Luyten and is cherished by the Defenders.

All of them will have cause to re-evaluate their feelings towards both Luyten and Defender. All of them will experience the absolute terror that both Luyten and Defender inflict. There is a moment in the novel when Lila and a group of emissaries see a Luyten coming towards them. Each of them turns and runs.
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Despite the bland title and slightly silly sounding premise I was actually gripped by this book. The telepathic alien Luyten were well realised and the psychopathic (but poorly named) Defenders were also well done to the point where I had some empathy for them. What let this book down for me was the human characters - there were too many of them and their motivations were often not well thought out or explained. Some of their behaviour was frankly inexplicable such as the couple with a young child who keep leaving him with the neighbours every time fighting breaks out and rarely seem to be concerned about his safety, or to even think about him at all. That said the overall narrative delivered an engrossing tale of humanity battling for survival.
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By Waggo60 on 22 Jun. 2014
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Interesting idea but poorly developed and rambling narrative. Difficult to feel any empathy with the characters or understand their actions
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thought it might be another one of these cheap sci fi stories in basic prose but its quite good actually - original concept, quite thought provoking,well written - better than the latest jo nesbo effort that i read!
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By Strivz on 28 May 2014
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A bit far fetched, a good read, but I would have liked the characters to have been a little more believable. Giant starfish? Bionic three legged easter island heads? Apart from that a really good read, didn't leave me wanting to revisit but a good read.
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I'm sure there are lots of in depth reviews elsewhere so i wont go into detail.After trying loads of samples recently and not going with any of them Defenders really kept my attention.Great pace and detail and a fantastically realised set of concepts,more please!
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I enjoyed the concept. It's a great idea for a book but I felt the author could have done more work on the characters and their motivations.
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By Bill on 11 Jan. 2015
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A good story and easy to read. Well thought out plot and a different storyline which made it very interesting. Can't wait for the next one.
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