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The Home Front (The Automata Wars #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The first volume of the Automata Wars trilogy.
Home is where the heart is. Certainly for the soldiers on the front line, where winter is
fast approaching and their unknown enemy assails them with unspeakable tactics. In the face of a losing battle, all that keeps the troops sane is the thought of their loved ones, safe at home…
Home, where the fires are burning low, the wealt
Published September 8th 2012 by The Last Line
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Steve Cotterill
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Another first publication to wash up on the shores, the Home Front is a well conceived and executed book which serves as a strong introduction to the series, the Automata Wars. I would hesitate to call it a novel, in truth its a series of short stories, held together by the overwhelming concept of the setting and background.

This background is well established early on in the book and is simple enough to strike true: the idea of a long, mysterious war taking place somewhere in the world against a
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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2.5 Stars
Soldiers are fighting on the front line and at home the rich are trying to ignore that life is changing. They use new technologies and carry on as normal. The lower classes turn to politicians and to nameless gods for help.
What the soldiers think is a safe place, is anything but. A war is raging at home, the enemy has infiltrated all aspects of life and they intend to destroy from within.
The prologue paints a very vivid picture pulling you in immediately. We see the soldiers fighting so
Danielle Miller
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This dark fantasy draws you in from the start; into a world at war which sounds much like Britain in WW1 except that this is a war against things which are not human. There are news flashes from the front, but this book is a collection of tales from back home, woven together quite well. There are some sparklingly good characters here, and I like the ambivalence of some. You never quite work out what is going on, but by the end you can start to guess where it is headed - or can you? Some parts wo ...more
Jon Hartless
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fresh and intriguing look at WW1; because this isn’t set in the trenches, as such, but is instead concerned with what is happening back at home, far away from the action. Neither is it a straight historical, as we are in a sideways steampunk-inspired universe in which automatons and monsters and ladies of the night collide as the old ways crumble and a new order is being forged; but whose new order will triumph? Inventive and with intriguing characters, and the story continues in part two…
A ti
David Foster
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
This is really a collection of short stories, set around the struggles against a mysterious enemy. Overall the premises is good and I enjoyed the different chapters and the world the author has created. I nearly gave this 4 stars but the episodic nature of book meant I struggled to feel much empathy for many of the characters, most of whom had little time to develop.
That said I will be looking out for the 2nd book as the last few chapters opens up many more layers than you initially realise and
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LM Cooke is the author of ‘The Automata Wars’, a steampunk trilogy. Volume 1, The Home Front was released in September 2012, and tells the tales of the people left at home while the soldiers on the front line take on an unknown enemy in a losing battle, while volume 2, The Front Line focuses on the fighting on the front. The concluding volume will be released in the near future.

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