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Young Man's War (The Thousand Worlds) by [Walker, Rod]
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When the Dark Gates open and unleash the monstrous Darksiders on an unsuspecting Earth, only the toughest and most determined people will survive. Roland and Maggie Kane are more fortunate than most, because their father, Daniel, is a Chicago cop who has taught them how to shoot and prepared them for almost every eventuality. But, as the Kane family soon learns, there is just no way to prepare for an alien invasion.

However, Roland also discovers that although the Darksiders' blood may be green, the invaders will die as readily as any man after being ventilated with enough high-speed projectiles.

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and The Thousand Worlds marks the return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein's 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, YOUNG MAN'S WAR is an exciting tale of survival, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2990 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castalia House (29 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074DJVFW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Humans versus invading aliens, intrigue, and an apocalypse. Lots of action, excellent characterisation, and doesn't stray into R rated territory in any respect, but still mature and entertaining. Great stuff, since that can be a tricky balance to strike.
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If you liked Starship Troopers and Falling Skies, you'll like this. Fast paced action, no swearing, good for teens and older.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Fun, Clean Story You Will Enjoy Reading 3 August 2017
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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Download a sample! You will be hooked. The beginning is amazing and reminds me of Larry Correias first book.

Young Man's War is a good, fun story that is a fun read. I don't see the connection to the other two books, but I will take the authors word for that. The book reads like something that could happen for the most part if you just happened to be in the middle of an inter dimensional invasion. The invaders are terrifying, and there are different types. The super advanced biological technology of the invaders was not so overwhelming, you wondered how could our hero survive. The story reminded me of juvenile Heinlein that I read a long time ago, that was just a fun read and not too long. Before printed Sci Fi books became the sizes of phone books. I have bought a lot of older sci fi from used bookstores, and it's amazing the thinness of the books compared to new books, and how usually the lack of length does not hurt.

The Father figure was well written, and came across as true. There is nothing in here will give you nightmares, or something special that you read as a political rant, which is refreshing. When I am reading a book, if I want to read about politics, I appreciate being given a choice instead of being ambushed. This reminds me of older sci fi, before so much of Sci Fi became about the message, instead of a good story. There was no unneeded violence, and it was nice to have realistic view of violence. Not everyone is going to automatically become a killing machine soon as they get a weapon in their hands. People do freeze when the unexpected comes up. There were not any parts where I asked, please, finish the info. dump or political posturing. It moved. This is a common issue with books where it seems the author just needs to pad the number of pages, by adding fluff. The book is only 153 pages I wish it was longer, but it made for a fast read and the story held together. It was nice to have a survivalist, the Father, who felt realistic.

On why I am giving it only 4 stars. This is a lot of nit picking, but because it's in the now, I notice things I would forgive in a story that takes place in the future. The story is still a great read I enjoyed reading and glad I bought, even with these minor nitpicks. The last part felt a bit of dues ex machina. Same with where they got the fuel to go from Chicago to East Washington, a trip of 1800 miles that would take about 90 gallons assuming a mpg of 20 for the truck with the standard 25 gallon fuel tank. They supposedly avoided people, so may be the siphoned it from abandoned vehicles, where the owners had been killed by the invaders. There was no use of enemy weapons, or even mention of doing that. The person / situation at the rest stop felt forced. And the daughter knew how to field strip a M14, yet started with only a pistol? Same with the son. But may be the Father was too shocked by the unexpected invasion, to bring what he should have in the way of weapons. The Father in his actions after the 1st van incident, just did not feel ruthless enough, based on his background as a police officer. Or perhaps this was the author keeping the book at a rating of PG-13.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, if imperfect, page turner. 4 August 2017
By susan - Published on Amazon.com
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Great page turner but needs some polish.

This is a wonderful story with good pacing and action that pulls you in fast and keeps you turning pages. The plot and action were good. The world building was excellent. The dialog and characters could have been better fleshed out, but were appropriate given the length and pace of this work.

My only major complaint, and thing keeping it from 5 stars, is the voice of the author. The prose writing was fine but the perspective was off. It was wrote more like a report of what happened than the telling a story in the moment. Some of the phraseology was jarring. It reads like something wrote by a kid who hasn't found the right voice yet. At least a couple time the author would foreshadow something but rather than leaving it subtly would write: 'more about that later'. Could have used a closer run through by the editor.
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read 2 August 2017
By Po - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes I really appreciate a simple, straightforward, entertaining SciFi story. This one definitely provided that. The biggest flaw is that I don't think it is quite as good as the author's "Mutiny in Space." (And truly, it makes no difference what order they are read in. This is technically a prequel but the plots are thousands of years apart.)

"Young Man's War" grabs your interest from the start and moves right along without meandering or relying on cliches. I enjoyed the pace and the ending was surprisingly uplifting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA SF in classic tradition 10 August 2017
By Sean Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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The third book in his Thousand Worlds series, Walker confirms that he can write different stories in different worlds with different plot lines, but that the action never ends. This YA series really does remind me of my teenage SF days; the fun of reading rip-roaring yarns of adventure and fights you could barely imagine against impossible odds. You don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one but if you have, there is a surprise in the ending.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable little book. 7 August 2017
By van der Lugt, Marinus - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast paced and good storyline, but too short. I am sure it can be read in a single (long) evening.
And that may welly happen as the story pulls you in and you will want to know what happens next.
Its also excellent material for a modern SF TV show. I could easily see this book covering two seasons. And given good scriptwriters I would very much like to see that happen! (No more than 2 seasons though)

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