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Defenders (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Will McIntosh
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"McIntosh is without a doubt one of the most underrated science fiction authors writing today. Defenders is an emotional, action-packed story....McIntosh's cautionary near-future tale, told from multiple perspectives, serves as a brutally honest portrayal of how humans carelessly exploit, destroy - and in this case create - other species."―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

"What makes Defenders such an incredible novel is McIntosh's pure elegance, the beauty of its simplicity. Each element of the novel, the characters, the situations, the world, the results of the world's actions, organically feed into each other as the novel progresses."―SFFWorld

"This military science fiction novel offers fast paced action."―Publishers Weekly

"McIntosh's novels often blend unlikely scenarios and genre tropes in ways that make you rethink them. Here he's brought together the classic veterans' "coming home" story with telepathic alien invasion and issues around what it means to have been genetically engineered for one purpose. It's a posthuman scenario that McIntosh is exploring in all its messy complexity."―

"McIntosh tells a more global yet still deeply personal tale about life during wartime and its aftermath... McIntosh has his finger on the pulse, again."―Kirkus (starred review)

"An emotional story of love, loyalty, and forgiveness amid the stark realities of war."―Booklist

Présentation de l'éditeur

When Earth is invaded by telepathic aliens, humanity responds by creating the defenders. They are the perfect warriors - seventeen feet tall, knowing and loving nothing but war, their minds closed to the aliens. The question is, what do you do with millions of genetically engineered warriors once the war is won?

A novel of power, alliances, violence, redemption, sacrifice and yearning for connection, Defenders presents a revolutionary new vision of alien invasion.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2459 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 513 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (13 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Les meilleurs soldats ne sont pas Humains 3 octobre 2014
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Nous sommes en 2029 et selon toute vraisemblance l’Humanité n’a plus beaucoup d’avenir. L’invasion alien est en marche, certes avec des moyens dérisoires, mais ces aliens en forme d’étoile de mer à six bras possèdent un avantage décisif : la télépathie.

Avec ça pas besoin d’armes de destruction massive ni de virus foudroyants, vous avez simplement besoin de temps et d’une arme à rayon de chaleur portative et efficace. Et en trois ans l’Humanité a déjà perdu 3 milliards d’individus. Manifestement en nombre limité, les Luyten ont commencé par attaquer les campagnes isolées mais depuis peu les centres de population de taille moyenne ont commencé à être attaqué sur toute la planète.

Voyez-vous, il est impossible d’atteindre un Luyten lorsque vos propres pensées vous trahissent, seuls les robots ont une quelconque chance, mais leur autonomie de décision est trop rudimentaire pour avoir un quelconque effet sur la guerre.

Un vrai roman de Science-Fiction non ? Et bien finalement pas tant que ça, d’abord il n’y aucun héros, que des losers, et on sent clairement que le futur est au service de la narration au lieu que ce soit le contraire dans la SF « classique ». Il est en effet évident que l’auteur veut nous dire des choses sur l’Humanité.

Revenons à nos losers dont deux enfants, Kai et Lila, ballottés et abîmés par les événements, ils contribueront fortement à donner de la « chair » à cette lente extermination.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sci-fi that packs a powerful punch 14 mai 2014
Par Steff - Publié sur
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Will McIntosh has a remarkable ability to write stories that reach deep into your mind and heart, raising questions about ourselves both individually and as a society. I enjoy his tightly woven plots and multiple narratives, but it's the messages in them that transcend the content and that's what ultimately makes reading his work so rewarding.

When you read Defenders, look for the forest, not the trees. Just as you weren't supposed to pick apart the minutiae of cryogenics in Love Minus Eighty, I realized very early on that I shouldn't get too hung up on the logistics of an alien invasion or the ins-and-outs of bio-engineering a whole new warrior race. This science fiction novel isn't so much about the "science" than it is a thought-provoking social fiction piece exploring how humanity might approach an "us vs. them" situation. Needless to say, if you enjoy "what if" stories, this would be the ideal book for you. But even in the face of implausible circumstances, Defenders was an enthralling and sometimes terrifying read, given how the speculation always remained grounded in human nature. Humanity has essentially created an army of living, breathing killing machines with only a swift and decisive victory against the Luyten in mind, and now they must live with the consequences of their actions.

What makes someone a friend or foe? Who can put a price on the cost of freedom? As ever, the scenarios in McIntosh's stories are enhanced by his characters; they are the ones who help expand our understanding of the dire things happening in the world, very important in books such as these. And in Defenders, that's no exception. Through the narratives of only a handful of characters - Oliver, Kai, Lila and Dominque - we are able to get a well-rounded sense of the culture and climate of the situation. It's interesting to watch their relationships evolve over the years, and to see how the events of the war has influenced their individual beliefs and perspectives.

Of the two novels from McIntosh I have read now, I think Love Minus Eighty still remains closer to my heart, but Defenders isn't far behind. Both are eye-opening works, and are simply excellent books. I've said this many times before, but this author deserves A LOT more attention!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Deeper than typical military SF 17 mai 2014
Par Tom Alaerts - Publié sur
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There is a lot of fighting in this book, but in my opinion it is not really a typical military SF story.

It is written like a series of short vignettes that take place over a period of decades (following no less than 3 wars), every short chapter focuses on a character, much like the Game of Thrones books. Mcintosh does the personal & relational parts very well, you become invested with the people and their desperate struggles.

It begins (no real spoilers here) with a well written and suspenseful alien invasion theme, yet while most books would stop with humanity's successful answer to the threat, it is the aftermath that makes Defenders so interesting, the story explores the consequences and responsibility of creation. It is interesting to wonder if enemies are bad because they behave like we engineered them to be. Similarly the enemy's woefully inadequate attempts at art are a sad consequence of their character.

It's these well worked out implications that set Defenders apart from generic military SF and in my opinion turns it into a compelling read.

I must say though that towards the end I got a bit tired of all the warfare, for me the book could have been a bit more concise there and at the same time it could have expanded the final aftermath in more detail. Hence a solid 4 stars.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sometimes, the solution is worse than the problem. 23 mai 2014
Par Azaqui - Publié sur
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Earth struggles to survive alien invasion, but with the aliens able to read human minds it seems a lost cause - after all, how can you defeat the enemy that knows your plans even before you do?

In this dark, seemingly final days a group of humans resorts to desperate measures to turn the tide of war.
But some doors should not be opened, and sometimes, the cure can be more dangerous than the sickness.

If you are looking for an alien invasion book that focuses less on the explosions and more on how humans cope with this kind of disaster, this is a book for you. It lacks the mystery of unknown approaching the earth - the book begins in the middle of an invasion already underway for some time, enemy is known. There is very little "Independence Day" vibe in this book, it's more akin to "War of the Wolrds" or "Falling Skies" - small groups of humans trying to survive and not large armies and nukes defending the Earth.

The book is quite well written, the characters are interesting, deep and certainly not two-dimensional. Psychology of the aliens and humans is believable and it's a real pleasure to experience how the story as well as individual character arcs develop.

There is a part of the book - a turning point, in fact - that slightly breaks the suspension of disbelief, and is sketched rather vaguely (possibly just to not draw the reader's attention to the weak part). It's not something major or breaking the book, but noticeable.

I recommend this book - with its depth, disillusioned and mature take on human psychology and social dynamics as well as the believable characters you should enjoy the read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More To This Story Than Meets The Eye 19 juin 2014
Par Charles A. Boyer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
With short chapters and quick cuts in the plot narrative, one would at first think "Defenders" is a light-weight pulp-style science fiction story. That would be a mistake -- author Will McIntosh has woven a threads of human xenophobia, desperation and the unintended consequences of human ingenuity into "Defenders," making it the sort of book that leads one to contemplate just how close to reality he has come. In my opinion, "Defenders" comes very close indeed.

Best of all, McIntosh has left the door wide open for a continuation of the story, and hopefully, he will re-visit the characters and tell us what comes next. Yes, there is a palpable denouement at the end of "Defenders," but at the same time, the door is more than cracked for a sequel. Here's one reader who hopes that it is written sooner rather than later.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Obvious plot, and I found the atmosphere created by this story pretty depressing. 1 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Maybe a 2.75.

As with some other reviewers who posted negative reviews of "Defenders" here, I`m quitting about a third of the way through for lack of interest in this depressing book.


I also found it hard to believe that humans, just recently having been able to sequence the human genome, and not yet able to even clone individual's organs or develop genetically based cures for disease, would suddenly be able to create new, intelligent beings.

Moreover, it is pretty obvious which way the plot was headed and that--having created these synthetic beings, these pretty emotionless, enormously tall, and ferocious three legged defenders with three claws at the end of each bionic arm and radically different thought processes than humans, taught them nothing but instinctive hatred for the alien invaders, warfare, strategy and tactics, and made them independent of and not tightly controlled by human beings--they will become a loose cannon and probably a worse threat to the human race than the aliens they were created to defeat.
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