Robert Buettner: Jason Wander Series

12 07 2009
Robert Buettner: Jason Wander / Orphan Series

Robert Buettner: Jason Wander / Orphan Series

1) Orphanage
2) Orphan’s Destiny
3) Orphan’s Journey
4) Orphan’s Alliance
5) Orphan’s Triumph
ISBN 0446614297, 0446614300, 0316001732, 1841497525 & 1841497624 (Orbit)

Very easy, enjoyable reads

Have just taken 5 days to read the last 2 novels.

Book 1: Orphanage
In homage to Robert Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers”, Buettner recreates the story his way.

Book 2: Orphan’s Destiny
At twenty-five, General Jason Wander has fought and won man’s only alien conflict. Now, after long years in space, he’s coming home…but to what? Earth’s desperate nations, impoverished by war damage and military spending, are slashing defense budgets. There’s just one problem with this new worldwide policy-the first alien invasion was merely Plan A.

Suddenly, the real assault begins: Earth is attacked by a vast armada. To block their invasion, mankind has only one surviving craft and a single guerrilla strike force…a suicide squad led by Jason Wander.

Book 3: Orphan’s Journey
In the years since the last Slug War, Jason’s command style hasn’t made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war.

When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful of others, will be torn from orbit and thrust outof known space. Now, stranded on an alien planet, Jason realizes that not only are his friends are looking to him for rescue, but an entire planet sees him as their only hope.

Book 4: Orphan’s Alliance
As intraplanetary conflicts rage around him, and the personal stakes get ever higher, Jason finds that playing planet-hopping politician can be harder than commanding armies.

When united mankind squares off to battle the Slugs for a precious interstellar crossroad (Mousetrap), Jason will discover that the most dangerous enemy may be the one he least expects.

Book 5: Orphan’s Triumph
Jason Wander is ready to lead the final charge into battle. The Powers That Be want him to retire. Jason stows away as the armada takes the battle to the Slug home world.

The enemy is waiting at the final jump and the fleet all but annihilated. Jason sneaks thru in a small fighter, landing on the home planet. The enemy communicates with him as he monitors the doomsday weapons’ countdown.

– bk5 pg29: Moosetrap :) – gotta find at least one typo!

Similar books to read
– John Scalzi: Old Man’s War trilogy
– Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers
– Orson Scott Card: Ender Series





One response

19 02 2010

Years ago, I invited Robert Buettner to my bookstore, but all of his books sold out before he got there! He was a great sport about it, though, and handed out Orphanage swag. I asked him recently about his latest book, Orphan’s Triumph, and he had all kinds of fascinating things to say about being compared to Heinlein, getting published overseas and the root of modern science fiction. He also told me that Overkill, the first novel in the Orphan’s Legacy series, will be released in early 2011. (If you’re curious, you can read the interview for free at )

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