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  • Mass Market Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001731
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,223,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third book in this fast-paced high-action military SF sequence, where extraterrestrial life has led Earth's population to the verge of extinction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Robert Buettner is a former Military Intelligence Officer, National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology and has been published in the field of Natural Resources Law. He lives in Georgia. His website is: www.RobertBuettner.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 July 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert Buettner's long-awaited third book in the Jason Wander series is finally here. Delays because of a Publisher closing and debates over rights to the book have made this a much-anticipated and long-delayed book. However it was worth the extended wait!

Jason Wander became a hero, not by trying but out of necessity and circumstance. He is a hero of the human-slug war; he was field promoted to the position of Major General, a position he kept because of morale back on earth. In the previous two books Orphanage and Orphan's Destiny Wander grows and develops into the military leader that he reads about in history. However he often doubts himself and his own leadership ability. In this book Wander and a small group of earthlings are thrown well across the universe while doing some testing on a captured slug ship from the previous war. Once more into the breech, Wander and his compatriots find that they must struggle against the slugs. This time he is on an alien planet, well behind earth's technology, and he must make three different clans come together if he is to save his friends, himself and all human life on this alien planet.

The three clans are the Tassini, the Casuni and the Marini. These three tribes hate each other and, other than at the time of the fair, would rather kill than look at each other. Now under Wander they must come together and learn to not only tolerate each other but to work together if they are to have a hope for a future. In this volume Wander learns the burden of leadership; as a soldier he could sacrifice and die if needed for others, but as a leader he must learn how to send men to die. It will not be an easy lesson.

Orphanage was originally written in homage to Robert A. Heinlien's Starship Troopers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 8 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Orphan's Journey is the third book in the Jason Wander series from Robert Buettner, preceded by Orphanage and Orphan's Destiny. I've enjoyed the first two books in the series very much and this one has been steadily making its way up my to-read pile over the past few months, although why I never got around to it sooner is beyond me (I'll be saying that about the sequels too). So was it as enjoyable as those first two? Damn right it was, plus it opens open the universe of Jason Wander more than I could have hoped!

With years gone by since the last slug attack on Earth and mankind has recovered from the last invasion. With the old slug ship at the centre of a new orbital station mankind is slowly stretching away from the confines of Earth, although interstellar travel is still not within reach. Jason, his godson Jude, Ord and Howard are part of the crew that are testing the old slug ship and with Jude's exceptionally quick reflexes due to his space-born heritage, progress is made - a little too quickly. What follows is a journey farther than they could imagine to an alien planet where the past has some interesting revelations.

As I said before, I really enjoyed the previous entries in this series but one thing that I was always hoping was that Buettner would break away from the military sci-fi confines of the original story. While this aspect is ever present from start through to conclusion, the break away is clearly something he knows must be done, and boy does he do it well. To be fair, the first part of the story in Earth orbit on New Moon is fairly predictable and proceeds to give a nice recap on events and the history since the last book.
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This is the third book in the series, following "Orphanage" and "Orphan's Destiny". Although I personally thought that the first book was the best, and the most hard core military sci-fi, this installment takes the series somewhere new and is a great story.

Jason Wander, the hero from the previous two stories, has found himself to be a general without an army. His superiors don't really know what to do with him, so he ends up being posted to a space station in Earth's orbit, along with Drill Sergeant Ord, his trusted advisor. There they meet up with Howard, Munchkin and her son Jude, all also previous characters in the series. Howard is leading a study of the 'Troll', the Slug spacecraft captured in "Orphan's Destiny".

During a routine test of the Troll's controls, it breaks free from the attached space station taking several of the main characters with it as it travels through the universe on autopilot. It ultimately takes them to a planet occupied by humans in a medieval type community, dinosaurs and the Slugs. The following battle between the humans and Slugs is a great story and an interesting slant on the usual sci-fi stories. If you can imagine "Lord of the Rings" with assault rifles then you're somewhere close. It sounds a bit daft, but it's well worth the read if you enjoyed the first two books. If you haven't read those then I suggest you start with "Orphanage" instead.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you've loved the first two books in the series the third part is going to be an obvious purchase. Here the principle protagonist takes the war that he promised was still to come in the previous instalment to the enemies own planet. The series has been a fun read and the third part hasn't disappointed. Ideal material for a young son or nephew looking to go to a more adult writing style from the tales that they've lapped up to date and a series that hasn't disappointed by keeping the action packed adventure top notch.
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