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Three hundred years in our future, in a world of alien infiltrators, religious hackers, a vast convoying nation of Nomads, city sized orbital elevators, and a cyborg pirate king who believes himself to be a mythological demon Jakob is having a bad day: "Nothing gets in the way of a hangover like being reactivated by your old C.O and told to track down an alien killing ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 17th 2010 by Gollancz (first published 2010)
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Христо Блажев
Ветеран предава човечеството, за да го спаси от самото него:
Пуцанье и тепаница до дупка, както биха казали хората от моя край. Това бих казал и аз, ако си бях там и трябваше да обясня с две думи за какво иде реч във “Ветеран” на Гавин Смит, една от най-чаканите (поне за мен) книги в последните месеци. И тя е най-сетне тук в камуфлажното си одеяние – мащабна и изпълнена с толкова много насилие, че се чудя как книгата не се самоунищожава след четене.
Бранимир Събев
Jan 24, 2014 Бранимир Събев rated it really liked it

Лейдис ен джентълмен, простете телешкия ми възторг. Просто толкова отдавна не бях чел роман от такъв тип - военна екшън-фантастика, където екшънът преобладава, че просто бях забравил. Съвсем сериозно - припомних си доброто старо време, когато четях Дан Симънс, Л. Рон Хабърд и други такива. Гавин Смит ми е напълно непознато име, нов автор е, но останах просто ошашавен. Ето така обичам - екшън, стрелба и бой, бой, бой, до дупка.

Както казах, Гавин Смит е сравнително млад автор, 45 годиш
Jan 20, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Gavin Smith's debut novel Veteran is a take on near-future military science fiction, where the world has been at war with Them for decades. Our "hero", Jakob Douglas, is the veteran of the title, an ex-soldier who spends his days trying to find oblivion through drink and drugs. One day he is told that a Them infiltrator has crashed to earth and must be retrieved. He is reactivated into service - but events do not proceed as planned. He finds himself on the run with a teenage prostitute, ...more
Мартин Касабов

Книга или first person shooter...

Наистина, тази книга прилича повече на компютърна игра-в стил "Crysis, отколкото на военна фантастика. Екшънът не спира, а Джейкъб Дъглас-главният герой е може би най-млатеният персонаж в художествената литература. Но за това по-късно.

След наситен с екшън пролог, който само ни помага да добием представа за тона и съдържанието на книгата, се запознаваме с ветерана Джейкъб Дъглас. Той е закоравял тип, измъчван от кошмари, во
Ben Emery
Jul 26, 2016 Ben Emery rated it liked it
First of all, I am relieved to discover there is a sequel to Veteran. More so because the ending was, to my mind, disappointing, rather than through any excitement to read on.

Do not get me wrong; I did enjoy Veteran, and there were sections of it where I found myself unable to put it down, but overall it let itself down in a couple of areas.

Parts of it were repetitive, and repetitive in an annoyingly small way as such that being repetitive could have been avoided altogether if certain repetitiv
Oct 23, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok
Most of this book was pretty awful. The writing was sub-par. The formatting was atrocious. 'word' does not signify that someone is speaking "word" does. Get it right.

No, seriously, this book as pretty well filled with garbage. The author included characters without introducing them, they would enter and leave scenes without the reader being aware and then treated as if they should know they were already there. One of the main character (Morag) randomly switches names with no fanfare and no expl
Manfred Wendler
Aug 30, 2016 Manfred Wendler rated it really liked it
British, post-cyberpunk military-driven sf. Interstellar war, lots of blokes with implants, firefights, a bleak future and a properly disillusioned hero who may or may not be Wolverine. Some cliché but fun to be had...
Marcus Gipps
Aug 28, 2010 Marcus Gipps rated it liked it
A Gollancz Debut again. You'd think they were paying me (well, they are, I guess, in books and occasional free drinks). Plus the consistency of their output is such that they're one of the few imprints with real name recognition amongst customers, and I like a lot of their stuff as well, so what the hell. My next book is a Gollancz one as well...

Anyway, Veteran. Proper, hard SF. There's no doubt about that. Elements of lots of previous hard SF books fight for supremacy here. The nameless, insect
Ivan Bogdanov
Четох я с интерес. Обрисува много интересен постапокалиптичен свят.
Но в един момент авторът се забавлява повече да описва все нови и ниво нива на света, а действието е сведено до FPS (first person shooter).
Има интересни разсъждения за Бог, за изкуствения интелект и някои други важни теми, но това преминава някак си между другото.
Да не говорим, че книгата свърша в нищото... не с отворен край, ами направо с надпис - Купете продължението.
Идеална за хлапета влюбени в компютърните игри.
Скучна за фено
Oct 11, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
Veteran is the debut novel from Gavin Smith and a book that I heard of earlier in the year, one that quickly made its way on to my list of books that I must read in 2010. What I liked about the blurb was that is had a no-nonsense, straight to the point feel and was laced with hints of what lies within. It's told in the first person and takes no prisoners with its story and characters, but does both aspects very well indeed. Veteran is a novel that could very easily be up in the top few sci-fi ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
Той предава човечеството, за да го спаси от самото него - ревю от Христо Блажев, Книголандия

Пуцанье и тепаница до дупка, както биха казали хората от моя край. Това бих казал и аз, ако си бях там и трябваше да обясня с две думи за какво иде реч във “Ветеран” на Гавин Смит, една от най-чаканите (поне за мен) книги в последните месеци. И тя е най-сетне тук в камуфлажното си одеяние – мащабна и изпълнена с толкова много насилие, че се чудя как книгата не се самоунищожава след четене.

Не може да се ка
Dan Purdue
Jackob Douglas is a retired special forces operative living a fairly squalid existence in Dundee. He's seen action against alien forces in faraway places and believes his fighting days are over. When an alien craft crash-lands nearby, his superiors 'reactivate' him and he goes to investigate, setting in motion a chain of events that take him across the Atlantic, to the bottom of the ocean, and then to a distant solar system in a bid to uncover the truth behind the aliens and the sinister, ...more
Feb 28, 2013 R!ch rated it really liked it
This could have been a five if the book didn't come apart entirely in certain spots. As an action sci fi, this is one of the most violent, visceral books I've come across in the genre, and it excels at that. The setting is fantastic, the characters as action archetypes are great, the locations are some of the better imagined ones I've come across...

But man, in a few parts the wheels fall off entirely. There is a section where the characters debate the ramifications of their plan that stretches o
Nathan Hurst
Oct 04, 2011 Nathan Hurst rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I rather liked this book and it's gritty feel. It's post apocolyptic setting and the struggle against a vicious alien race made for a good story. The book in places did lose me, I just couldn't handle the idea of pilots flying around in their ships and fliers controlled only by the musical instruments they were playing. Other elements of it I did enjoy, like the idea of a mass town of vehicles and caravans that just moved around the wastelands of North America. About two thirds of the way ...more
Andrew Critchell
Jul 18, 2014 Andrew Critchell rated it liked it
I wish I could give 3.5 rather than 3... I thought the concept was really good, just the writing let it down for me in some parts, for example some things just happened abruptly without any build up or tension to heighten the impact. Also the characters seemed to easily acquire just the right bit of kit they needed for each operation. I was also not sure why there needed to be a difference between the wraith suits worn at one point and then the later, different suits worn at the end which pretty ...more
Петър Панчев
Гавин Смит не ме изненада много, въпреки смелостта си да вкара в сюжета интересни герои със странни въжделения и страсти. Книгата развлича и си е добра военна фантастика, но изграденият от автора свят е поредния опит да се покаже колко глупаво и ограничено може да е човечеството, толкова много, че да съсипе не само планетата, на която живее, но и себе си.

Разумът вирее на Земята под мрачно и негостоприемно небе. Войната е нещо обичайно през последните няк
Neil Pearson
Aug 07, 2011 Neil Pearson rated it it was ok
The blurb says "best debut since Altered Carbon" I think "Best Richard Morgan book since Woken furies" would be more apt. If you enjoyed Morgan's Kovacs books you will be hard pressed not to like this. Dystopian future with lots of macho hard-asses. The main difference here is that the lead is not an unstoppable killing machine and tends to get trashed by pretty much everyone. Another addition are the aliens, which thankfully are very alien and avoids the common mistake of humanising them. The ...more
Radi Radev
Mar 17, 2014 Radi Radev rated it it was amazing
От тази книга научих кое е най-популярното след Неси чудовище в Шотландия. В нея попаднах и на словосъчетание, което ми хареса - "подавящ огън". Мисля, че не съм го срещал дори и в "Свирепия" на Ричард Марчинко и Джон Вайсман.
Някои от битките в книгите са толкова фантастични и така добре описани, че напомнят сериозно на схватките от великия "Хиперион" на Дан Симънс. В обрисовката на страха и омразата на хората към извънземното промъкнало се на Земята (казано по научному - ксенофобията) почувства
Feb 02, 2014 Tasula rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of this book- I liked the main characters, thought they were an interesting array of differing personalities. The brutal, devastated world was futuristic but too easy to believe in. Much of the philosophy of the book was based on evil rich people taking advantage of poor people, but in some pretty Machiavellian ways. I wasn't too sure what happened at the end- if it was a setup for a sequel or if it was meant to leave something to our imaginations. Some loose ends would have been ...more
May 08, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, first-person science fiction. The narrator, a traumatised former soldier, is a charismatic guide to a grim and frequently violent future. Vividly imagined -- packed with plausibly invented technology -- the book combines breathless, page-turning action sequences and dark, sardonic humour. Entertaining throughout, Veteran also raises thought-provoking questions about war and the consequences of violence. An impressive debut novel.
Mar 02, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction that had a viewpoint and action. Really what can fill an afternoon better than glimpses of the way things can be and how we can be right and wrong at the same time about the same things. Very violent and it frames the action in a intelligent story with exciting writing. First book in a while to bring back that feeling I had the first time I read Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. And from me that is high praise.
Jonathan Jeffrey
Full-throttle military SF. I've been a fan of the genre for a while and really enjoyed the usual scenes of future weapons and the warriors who wield and have become them through extensive cybernetic and bioaugmentation. I found the flawed characters fascinating as well as the dystopian world they live in.
On the other hand, the resolution to the story is unsatisfying.
I'm hoping there will be future installments of this story.
Aug 20, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Sci-Fi book I ever read, and what a book to start with, picked it up as a proof from work as I had nothing else to read, and couldn't put it down. Guns, Gadgets and surgically enhanced humans, all set in familiar places (Hull for instance) rather than the usual American setting that so many Sci-Fi movies use. I am eagerly anticipating War in Heaven due out next month!
Sep 19, 2011 Herbert rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, up until the end. I wont go into details so as not to spoil it for some, but those who have read it, Im sure you agree. Otherwise, it was an excellent sci-fi read full of action and some pretty hilarious coversations between main character and the supporting characters. I cant wait for Gavin Smith's second book!
Aug 18, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
A well written book, although I wasn't sure to begin with, the story of a cybernetic veteran in a very dark future was engaging. I was slightly put off by an ending that was very open, but knowing there is a sequel out there may have something to do with my feeling that more should be there. Without that knowledge I probably would have been quite happy at the end.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова
Виртуална реалност, дрога и алкохол - това е постапокалиптичния прекрасен нов свят, в който се пренасяме с "Ветеран". Свят, в който убиваш и умираш, воден от втълпения дълг към човечеството. От набитата ти идея, че трябва да умреш заради другите по заповед на някой, който седи в уюта на безопасността си.
A good read, an interesting debut, but not in the same league as Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon, no matter what other reviews say.

Plenty of violence, not all gratuitous...

Its a shame he couldn't see to end the story properly, leaving it all hanging at the end, I WILL have to read the inevitable sequel..
Andrew Chamberlain
Dec 27, 2011 Andrew Chamberlain rated it liked it
Another hard boiled piece of SF, as you would expect from Gollancz, and as has been mentioned here, very much like the kind of work that Richard Morgan produces. I do enjoy the hard SF genre even if it can be a little too macho, and a little too despairingly cynical - but if you like your SF hard boiled Gavin Smith's 'Veteran' should work for you.
Dark Ape
May 26, 2011 Dark Ape rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed with the overall flow of the story, though I enjoyed the story itself. The plot tends to jump forward frequently and half the time I was confused as to what was actually occurring. A good concept though, and I look forward to seeing Gavin's progress.
May 28, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
This one took me a while to finish. Good book, with fun characters (the main character has claws like Wolverine). That said, it meanders a bit at times, but overall I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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Gavin Smith was born in Dundee in the same year that Iron Butterfly recorded Inna-Gadda-da-Vida. He has also lived in Camberley, Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Hull, Leamington Spa and is currently living a near feral existence in Leicester (if you see him in the streets he will write science fiction for sweeties). Anyone who has been to any of these places will understand why his fiction is like it ...more
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