- 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 (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Defenders Paperback – 27 May 2014
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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)
A new epic of alien invasion and human resistance by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
I'm not really a person to review Mil Sci Fi as I'm not a big fan of the genre. It's very difficult to carry off well. And Defender didn't quite make it.
A lexagraphic complaint. It would have made life easier if the author had capitalised defender. The number of times I mentally tripped up when the defenders were attacking (see what I mean?). When the word is encountered does it refer to someone who is defending something or one of those genengineered thingies that might be behaving quite agressively.
The characters are consistent and evolve over the time line of the book.
I could not put this book down and hope this one is picked up by Hollywood as would make an amazing movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great read! If you love the end of the world books then this is for you.Published 15 months ago by AvidReader
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.Published 17 months ago by Chris
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.Published 21 months ago by Bill
While some of the writing is a bit clumsy, this is a great little story.Published on 7 Sept. 2014 by Clayton Nash
not as good as I thought it would be, it shows how stupid the human race can bePublished on 17 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
It was much better than i had expected and I liked the various twists in the plot.
It was quite refreshing to have proper aliens as well.
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