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Children No More by Mark L. Van Name
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Jul 23, 14

bookshelves: 2010_release_read, genre-sf, read_2010, t_notable_books_2010
Read from March 28 to 29, 2010

The fourth Jon Lobo adventure is the "least adventurous" and most introspective of all and it works extremely well; alternating present happenings on a middle of nowhere poor planet where rebels pressed some 500 boys in service as soldiers and Jon and Lobo are co-opted to rescue them with the back story of Jon 139 years earlier when he became a child soldier himself, the novel is mostly about Jon confronting his personal demons and trying to do good for once rather than do the mission (hopefully a "good" one, but as we learned in earlier installments that's tricky in the amoral universe of power politics and money), get paid and leave

There is action galore and we meet old friends from Maggie, Lim to Jack who steals the show towards the end, while the back-story is super-poignant and Jon's childhood friends on the island called Dump - Benny, Alex, Han - are unforgettable as are some of the children in the present.

An A+ and a novel that goes beyond the "gung-ho" adventure style of the series so far and raises it one notch. I am truly curious where the series goes next but I hope we get to see more Jon and Lobo and start touching on some of the big-picture mysteries too
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