Germline (The Subterrene War #1)
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...more
A lot of weap ...more
Wow. Before I go any further into this review I want to be up front that I don't really feel qualified to review or judge this novel until I read it a second time. Nevertheless, I'm going to give it my best go. Please consider this more of a "first impressions" review that some kind of detailed analysis.
(Edit: After finishing the review, this has got be the longest "first impressions" post ever. Oh well, my blog, my run on incoherent thoughts.)
I finished ...more
A grim, believable future, and a protagonist to ...more
This is a story of a future war. The world has ground down to the point that metals are apparently in perennial short supply. Some is being mined in space we're told but it's still v ...more
Germline, T.C. McCarthy’s ambitious debut novel, is the first installment in his Subterrene War trilogy. While it is ostensibly labeled as work of near-future military science fiction, that description barely scratches the surface of the true scope of the novel: Germline is, in essence, a gritty and confronting coming-of-age story featuring a deeply flawed protagonist. The result is intense, uncomfortable, and more than just a little bit brilliant.
A grim, believa ...more
There is something I like with war correspondents. This is the second book about one this year that I have been impressed by.
Oscar Wendell is down on his luck addicted to drugs but assigned to be the first reporter allowed to the frontline when the story starts. I have seldom read a story so gritty and painfully realistic about war as this one given of course it is military science fiction.
In the near future wars are fought over metals in the earth crust. The soldie ...more
It's not often that a sci-fi military-thriller mass paperback with a cheesy front cover will remind you of a Pulitzer nominee, but that's certainly the case with T.C. McCarthy's absolutely astounding literary debut Germline; because as a military veteran with a dark past himself, McCarthy brings the same k ...more
Read by Donald Corren
Duration: Approximately 9 hours.
Published by Blackstone Audio, 2011.
T.C. McCarthy’s Germline is a non-stop military techno-adventure set in the middle of a war in Central Asia in the 22nd century. Russia and the United States are fighting over the resources of Kazakhstan. It turns out that Kazakhstan is rich in rare metals that are needed for the 22nd century’s technological devices. They have to be mined deep in the mountains of Kazakhstan and the mines, countryside, li ...more
I started reading Germline about 12.30 this afternoon, intending to read for a little and have a nap. Now it’s just gone 5pm and I may be a little bleary eyed after no sleep but I just finished the book and then had to take a little time to reflect on it before I wrote the review.
Germline is not an easy read, it has all too realistic scenes of death, insanity and desperation in war, the main character is about the most self-indulgent mess of an anti-hero ...more
Initially I was expecting something along the lines of space opera or military sci fi but I was a long way from right.
This is a future where the USA is the aggressor in a war for mineral resources. In a short time, losses on both sides are horrific, despite the introduction of the genetically engineered super-soldiers. On the US-side, these are all identical teenage females, which if they sur ...more
Our chief protagonist battles through drug addiction and an over whelming need to find love in war struck Kazakhstan. A fairly short book at 350 pages but a quick read as you cannot put this book down.
Told in first person, you really get into the head of the reporter Oscar Wendall as he goes through emotional and physical hell in positions where people seem to get blown away around him - yet he ...more
Oscar is a well-rounded character. At first he seems flat and frankly like a total douchebag, but that’s bec ...more
I appreciate the way the author uses syntax to put the reader inside Oscar’s mind. The story begins with very abrup ...more
I had to pause for a while before I reviewed this book. This is a well written book, the kind I like best. I gave it four stars because of its ring of authenticity. I have never been in combat, but the batt ...more
Cons: character driven, very intense descriptions
War between the Americans and the Russians over minerals in Kazakhstan is big news, and Stars and Stripes reporter Oscar Wendell is the first reporter allowed to visit the front lines. His addiction to drugs, the time he spends at the front and meeting a contingent of genetics irrevocably change him so tha ...more
Where to begin with this one? Well, bleak might a good word for starters. Few novels I’ve read have depicted the dirtiness, pain, monotony and sheer distress involved in war. Wendell is not a hero, he has serious drug problems, which have led to and compounded his family problems, he isn’t the nicest or bravest guy in the world, and he has a tendency not to turn his writing assignments in on time. One thing at which Oscar excels; however, is endearing himself to the soldiers with which he follow ...more
A few reviews mentioned the fact that it seemed like a video game. The protagonist goes from point A to point B, then has to do X before he can leave for point C. Before I read any reviews I did notice this pattern but instead of thinking of a video game I thought of it just being Oscar (the main character), not bound by military restrictions, trying to survive and eventually just get home.
I've never been to war but I could ima ...more
My only real complaint is that the one conflict that takes place between Oscar and Sophie seemed to resolve itself too quickly and neatly. Truthful ...more
This book portrays the anonymous bloodbath of war, had a lot of action, and many deep refl ...more
The term "germline" refers to genetically engineered soldiers who form an important part of the fighting forces. However, to me that isn't wha ...more