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Orphan's Journey (Jason Wander #3)

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In the years since the last Slug War, Jason's command style hasn't made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war.

When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful
Paperback, 390 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 14, 2014 Biffbolt rated it liked it
In moving the action off-world to another planet of humans facing the Slug menace (not really a spoiler, as this is evident in the first few pages), Buettner loses a lot of the verisimilitude and immediacy of the threat, whilst changing the genre to emphasis more strongly the science fictional aspects of the work. In conjunction with the shallow manner in which we learn only superficial details about the societies that make up the Clans (not to mention some of the particular credibility-strainin ...more
Andy Phillips
Oct 03, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it it was amazing
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 instalment 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 Serge
Jan 21, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it
Still chewing through this series and nothing else. Every time one ends I'm straight into the next one in the same sitting (god bless the Kindle store)! That said I did have my first slight slump around the middle of this one. It's still great, but it represents a bit of a change of pace, with Jason wandering (lol) to further reaches of the universe a large chunk of the book is closer to sci-fi fantasy than the military battles of the first 2 books. That act felt a bit less gritty and grounded t ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sci fi, military fiction
I'm a big Orphan's fan and I was not disappointed by this third book in the series. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. Although parts of the plot are a bit predictable, I'm ok with that. The story is fast-paced, exciting and entertaining. Parts reminded me of the movie "The Magnificent Seven", which I really like.

Jason has grown up and now struggles with the burdens of command and the guilt he feels when his actions result in the death of others. Ord keeps him balanced and helps h
Oct 11, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
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 ...more
Apr 06, 2009 J.C. rated it really liked it
The Hero We Deserve and the Hero We Need

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The hero of Robert Buettner's military science fiction series returns in the fourth installment of the Jason Wander series. ORPHAN'S JOURNEY begins right where ORPHAN'S DESTINY ended: with the capture of a slug vessel. Jason Wander's godson appears to be the only human that might have the reflexes to pilot the alien craft. In a test run, everything goes wrong and Jason is once again thrust into a situation that is beyond his control; but not
Jun 09, 2010 Bryan457 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of military & sci-fi
This is the 3rd book about Jason Wander. A test flight of the alien slug vessel goes horribly wrong ending with them crash landing on a planet that is very much like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar.

Jason has grown up, so the whiny teenage voice has gone away. This book explores the loneliness and burden of command. Jason must send his troops into harms way, and watch as his godson goes into the front lines of battle.

This book was a quick read and very hard to put down. That might be because Bu
May 28, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Orphan’s Journey continues the Orphan series, which transitions from a space war with the Slugs to a ground war on a planet with several human factions, and dinosaur-type creatures. Much of the book is about Jason Wander’s reluctant evolution in becoming a true leader, this time in trying to unite tribal human factions. This book is a bit of a change from the previous two books in not having the Slugs from-and-center, but keeps up the action, and is quite entertaining. Buettner’s has created a g ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trochu slabsie pokracovanie, uvodna zapletka je tak trosku chaoticka a nasledne mi to pripomina hocaku inu knizku kde pride pozemstan s vyspelymi technologiami na planetu kde ziju tiez nejaki ludia akurat s technologiami niekde v neskorom stredoveku (muskety). Kazdopadne sa to vsak dalo citat :)
Jul 19, 2014 Jaq rated it it was amazing
Best book so far for me in this series. I loved it. Fantastic to see Jason maturing as a character, and I can't wait to read the next one in this series.
James Cox
Jan 11, 2015 James Cox rated it really liked it
Lots of action and great world building. I really enjoyed this book.
Jan 30, 2011 aaron rated it really liked it
this third book in the wander series really finds the character of jason wander growing up and becoming a mature commander. buettner has taken jason's character through the ringer in the past three books which has turned him into a fabulously rich character. in this one he, jude, howard, and ord find themselves on a slug ship traveling across the universe to a planet eerily similar to ours. on this planet wander truly starts to learn the burdens of command as he really starts to pick up his dest ...more
Jennifer Harford
Awesome book - Jason Wander remains a great example of a good man who wants to save everyone while knowing he can't.
Sep 28, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2009
This book is a positive change from the two prior. The smart alec hero, Jason Wander, grows up, and the writing style is the better for it. There's still the snide, often self-depreciating humor, but it's no longer overwhelming the narrative.

It's a fast read, and for mil-fic sci-fi fans, should make a short list of books to read.

For the rest of you, it's probably a skip.
Oct 16, 2009 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: sciencefiction
Better than book 2, but it took an unexpected turn. This series is an interesting take on what would happen if Earth were to have contact with hostile aliens that have a hive mind.

Good solid military science fiction written from the point of view of Jason Wander, infantry soldier (and now general).
Alex Smith
Jan 30, 2012 Alex Smith rated it liked it
While entertaining enough, I found the switch from the previous books' focus on plausible (for soft sci-fi) futuristic combat to a swords and planets-esque tale of dinosaur-riding barbarians to be a little jarring.
Muhammad Gibran
Jun 29, 2012 Muhammad Gibran rated it liked it
Sometimes I feel the rank that the hero have is too great. almost instant and too easy. Thank god he isn't a military genius too or it will get boring too soon.
Aug 08, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
A captured Slug starship takes Jason to the human diaspora on another 'Earth' where clan hatreds have to be overcome to confront the Slugs. Plenty of fast-paced action.
Oct 05, 2012 Tristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jason-wander
Great book. A little slow, but the book is fantastic. Great plot, new connections being made, and further character development really fuel this book.
Aug 11, 2012 Cur3t rated it really liked it
Nice twist to continue the Wander saga. We've moved from a coming of age story to a alternate reality universe. Sill fun.
Per Gunnar
Jan 10, 2012 Per Gunnar rated it it was ok
The book is ok as such but almost all of it is spent stranded on a primitive planet which is not really my cup of tea.
Keith Bell
Jul 24, 2011 Keith Bell rated it really liked it
Still a good series although it has gone more interplanetary here. I think I will try the Halo books next.
Eli Huffman
Aug 30, 2010 Eli Huffman is currently reading it
This book is amazing. Every book in the serious is nothing but pure, "seat-of-your-pants" action.
Jul 04, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An enjoyable, easy read with engaging characters. Though I am reading the series out of order.
Aug 14, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I read it over the course of 3 days. Great book. I hated having to stop reading it,
Sep 17, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, war
The coincidence factor meter is off the scale, but still a fun read.
Randy Smith
Oct 25, 2013 Randy Smith rated it really liked it
Still a very good book but it is now getting predicable.
Parsons Parsons
Basic scifi war story
Aug 18, 2008 Orbit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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Robert Buettner’s best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, 2004 Quill Award nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel, was called the Post-9/11 generation’s Starship Troopers and “one of the great works of modern military science fiction.” Orphanage has been adapted for film by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for Davis Entertainment (Predator, I Robot, Eragon). Orphanage and other books in Robert’ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jason Wander (5 books)
  • Orphanage (Jason Wander, #1)
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