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Set against the backdrop of a far-future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story about what it truly means to be human. Jantine is a Beta, a genetically modified super soldier charged with establishing a hidden colony on Earth. When her expedition arrives in the middle of a civil war, she must choosSet against the backdrop of a far-future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story about what it truly means to be human. Jantine is a Beta, a genetically modified super soldier charged with establishing a hidden colony on Earth. When her expedition arrives in the middle of a civil war, she must choose her allies wisely or be exterminated. Featuring complex characters and edge-of-your-seat action sequences, Homefront will have readers guessing until the last page....

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ISBN : 9781630230036
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Number of Pages : 382 Pages
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Homefront Reviews

  • (Kevin Bayer)
    2018-12-01 08:53

    A fascinating premise, emotional ride, and kind of a twist ending potentially setting up a sequel, Homefront is quite a ride. We start off the book being introduced to a cast of unusual characters from the Colonies on some kind of mission they don't expect to succeed. These characters appear to have a caste system, and are each of a variety of post-human. Shortly, we're introduced to regular humans as well and their space defense force. From there, the body count rises, and new relationships and families are formed. I can't really describe more without giving too much away, even though I may have already. Even the blurb from the book itself is intentionally vague. Homefront brings space battles, ship-board combat, ground combat, plenty of character building and world building, relationships developing and ending, emotions flying all over the place, and plenty of character deaths. Good stuff!

  • Mike Voss
    2018-11-28 07:56

    I've been a fan of Scott James Magner's fiction for some time now, but he's been writing far longer than I've been a fan. And the reason I became a fan was an admiration for his previously published shorter fiction, two novelettes set in the universe of The Foreworld Saga, Hearts of Iron and Blood and Ashes, and his actual "first" novel Seasons of Truth, currently about to wrap up a 4-part serialization. These are uniformly wonderfully written stories, and couldn't be a better introduction to this new science fiction novel, Homefront. Because the earlier stories show what any reader moving on to Homefront will readily grasp: Magner has the breadth and depth to fascinate us across genres. The care he takes with his prose lights up his characters like an ion drive, his characters drive the stories like a starship pilot, and those stories take you to worlds you'd never imagine yourself.Traditionally in science fiction you read about a future in which humans spread out to colonize other worlds. Frequently those colonies, too distant from the home planet to continue under its influence or orders, become effectively exiles, even rebels against Earth's authority. There may be conflict between Earth and the colonials, even war, and sometimes the colonials come back stronger than expected to challenge the home planet's dominance. In Homefront, the colonials are deliberate exiles, but they come back in this instance to plant a sleeper colony that will challenge the home planet from within. Comprised of various types of genetic "mods", the infiltration team is prepared to make themselves look like rogues in order to offer deniability of the colonies' invasive intentions. Thus cut off from their home, the team must either succeed in planting the sleeper colony or admit failure. But things go wrong as soon as they emerge from hyperspace near Earth. Their presence is known, and they are unwittingly thrown into a conflict between factions on Earth that either seek extermination of the "gennies" or those who think they are near enough to creating a vaccine for the transgenic virus that is already within all of Earth's citizens. But a huge secret lies beneath the efforts at a vaccine, and the colonial team must reformulate their plans to take advantage of the sympathetic faction once they cross paths, rather literally, with one of it's ships, mysteriously out in space where no ships would be expected. What ensues will eventually determine the shape of the human race, but in the shorter term of the novel the definition of "human" is put to the test. Readers couldeasily make comparisons with James S A Corey's Expanse series, which similarly employs an ensemble cast to explore humanity's future under the threat of deliberate genetic contamination. So here's hoping The Transgenic Wars becomes the next great series to keep science fiction fans turning pages to find out what could possibly go wrong next! It's almost time to tally up those Best of 2014 lists, so hurry up and read Homefront so you can include it on yours. It will be near the top of mine!

  • Crittermom
    2018-11-25 07:55

    There are some science fiction novels that simply blow you away. Homefront is an incredible piece of science fiction that is brilliantly written. Foremost it is an action/adventure that doesn't pull any punches. The central characters are thrust into dangerous situations and not all survive, and those who do do not emerge unscathed or unchanged. The challenges the characters undergo have emotional as well as physical impact. The stress of the situation is palpable. I don't want to give too much away, as Magner does an excellent job of timing revelations.What does it mean to be human? After the transgenic virus infects humanity, the human race begins to dramatically change. There are those who appear to be normal humans and those with drastically different appearances and abilities. Those visibly affected by the virus are sent into exile in the outer colonies. Centuries later, the rift between Earth and the Outer Colonies has widened immensely and war is on the horizon. Jantine and her crew have been sent from the Outer Colonies with an almost impossible task - land on an inhabited world, develop a base colony, and defend it. They expect to die in the attempt. From the beginning things rapidly go awry as they crash into a ship orbiting the world they are aiming for. They end up in the midst of conflict between two military factions and manage to escape with a pair of humans and an extremely precious cargo - one that will change their mission irrevocably.If you enjoy science fiction dramas filled with realistic action and complex characters, you will love reading Homefront. I eagerly await Scott James Magner's next novel in the series.5/5I received a copy of Homefront from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.--CrittermomExplore what it means to be human in Homefront

  • SciFi Kindle
    2018-11-23 06:03

    This is a very character-centered story, relying less on dialog, plot or action to advance the story as it does internal monologue. It reminded a bit of Asimov in that regard. Be prepared for a highly psychological journey and character feelings as they regard other characters' feelings. I would also recommend a close reading of the early chapters where many of the characters are introduced in quick succession to prevent later confusion.

  • Kelli
    2018-11-27 06:09

    Story: B-Narration: BQuick Review:Homefront is a thoughtful speculative fiction novel with a nice mix of action and emotion. Although I struggled to remain engaged with it consistently, overall the combination of physical conflict, interpersonal clashes, and internal quandaries kept the story moving forward at a nice clip. The narration allows the listener to easily distinguish between individuals in a diverse cast of characters and enhances the pacing of the story.My Thoughts:In a future world where humanity has been infected with a transgenic virus and individuals have mutated with an unbelievable rapidity to gain enhanced abilities—from telepathy to extra arms or eyes—there are both unmodified humans and a range of modified humans ("mods" or "gennies") . The latter are divided into something like castes—Alphas as the ruling caste then Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Omega—in descending order of mutation away from an unmodified human form. The mods were exiled to the outer colonies and the story opens as a small contingent of mods are returning to the inner worlds with a cargo of "sleeper" mods to establish a hidden colony.Jantine is a Beta and captain of the mission to establish a secure and hidden base for her crew and cargo. Although it's generally expected to be a suicide mission, she succeeds in landing her crew but not before encountering local planetary defense forces engaged in an apparent civil war. The people who surround Jantine are varied and complex. In the moment, they are fully realized characters with varied motivations and feelings. Part of my inability to remain engaged with them, though, is that too much of their back story and how that made them who they are is pushed off until later. I struggled with the dynamics that arced between the mods running the operation and was annoyed with some rapid flip-flopping of emotions that seemed odd for such highly trained "super soldiers." A lot of the cause for that became clear later but by then, it was a bit too late for me to do my usual readerly bonding with them and I was left with a strictly intellectual curiosity for the story instead.The introduction of an unmodified human to the group provided a nice basis for some mild pondering on what it was about the mods (other than a physical appearance for some) that caused them to be considered inhuman or worth exiling (as if people need a logical reason, right?) There was also a light vein of philosophical musing to be had about how family is defined and where we choose to place our value in that construction. Lieutenant Mira Harlan is unwillingly swept along in the mods' plan and finds herself irrevocably changed by her contact with them.There was a fair amount of head-hopping and while the changes in points-of-view added complexity and interest to the story , they also emphasized the tell rather than show aspects engendered by the amount of internal thoughts that recapped events or motivations. That narrative tool struck me as over used and not in line with how thoughts generally manifest themselves. To an extent, this was also emphasized by my biggest point of contention with the narration style: a tendency to slow certain sentences down and phrase them in a thoughtful manner more often that the text or the flow of general human speech would indicate is appropriate.Magner does an excellent job conveying the sense of "other" the Mods and their changed physiology (and more to the point, thought processes and perspectives) embody while balancing that against the things that still make them human. There's a lot that comes to light in the last few chapters and while there's a general wrap-up, I am interested in what the future holds for the mods and the world they landed on.The Narration:If you're familiar with Allyson Johnson's narration of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and enjoyed the audiobooks (as I did) then read no farther, you're good to go with this one. I admit, I was hoping for the more casual delivery she brought to Kim Knox's Dark Dealings (which struck me as more organic in tone) but she brings considerable skill to this story nonetheless.Ms. Johnson excels at differentiating characters, both between individuals and in the typical vocal characteristics that cue a listener to male or female. She's attentive to the author's narrative and chews over the syntax in service to it. Her dialogue delivery is reactive and flows naturally and while the frequency with which lines are given a thoughtful and slower delivery chimes against my ear as excessive and not always in line with the context, she still keeps the story moving at a nice pace. The narration on this one actually helped me track through some of the complexities in the story so I suggest you check out the sample and see how it works for you.I received this book at no cost from Audible Studios in exchange for a review. The book’s source does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Patrick Potter
    2018-11-16 11:13

    I not a professional book reviewer so bear with me...Homefront is a new, actually a very soon to be released (I managed to snag a advanced copy!!), book by relatively new-comer Scott Magner. A little of something for everyone: genetic mutations, space flight, hand-to-hand combat, corrupt military as well as military that still has a soul all wrapped into a trip that makes one think about what defines being human, what it means to be loved, what responsibility entitles & what a family is composed of.Not a perfect read but damn close. Personally, I was a little confused in the first few chapters in sorting out the cast of characters but that could have just been me. The confuse was quickly sorted out & was not much of a distraction from the quality of the read. The chapters flowed smoothly one into the other but still allowed places to stop when the real world called but left you wanting to come back soon to see what happened next. The ending tied up the majority of the lose-ends but left enough questions for the obvious squeal.Here then is to there being sufficient readers that Mr Magner will be able to publish the next adventure in this saga.

  • Hugh Long
    2018-12-15 09:49

    Fantastic book! I loved the whole transgenic, caste system. Very cool, and a fresh concept. I can't wait for more!

  • Dave Bara
    2018-12-15 09:09

    Loved it. Great read.

  • Campbell Furnish
    2018-12-07 07:46

    It took me a while to get into this book. At first the characters seemed flat and I almost stopped reading, but I kept at it and I really enjoyed the way it turned out.

  • Misha
    2018-11-25 07:51

    I do know the author, but I will say that I really enjoyed this character-driven science fiction novel about a transgenic virus that modifies humans into distinct groups--Gammas, Omegas, etc--and how those with the virus are othered and cast out by society. Flash forward to a time when small groups of then 'gennies' rally to return to reclaim their rights to exist and the conflicts they encounter along the way. I especially appreciated that female characters dominated the story when this is so very often not the case in sf. A Northwest author to watch.

  • Kathy Heare Watts
    2018-12-16 05:57

    I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2018-11-24 12:13

    Homefront by Scott James Magner is a recommended science fiction novel set in the 27th century.The novel will hook you right at the start with the discussion of the Transgenic virus as learned about in a Congressional inquiry. Then the action jumps to the future after the Transgenic virus has already mutated individuals and we meet Commander Jantine and her infiltration force of soldiers, scientists, and engineers on a suicide mission. They are all exiles from Earth's outer colonies. Although they know they may not survive their mission, they are part of a plan to establish a new, secret colony on Earth. The mods or gennies (modified or genetically altered humans) have divided themselves up into a cast system based on how altered they are from an unmutated human, with Alphas being the highest. Jantine is a Beta.At the same time, in alternating passages, we meet Lieutenant Mira Harlan of the System Defense Force. She is on a dreadnought outside of Earth's orbit and part of a clandestine fleet with a secret mission. When Jantine's ship inadvertently crashes into the dreadnought, it sets into motion another secret plan based on cargo the ship is carrying. This secret mission is a result of a conflict on Earth. Circumstances result in Harlan joining forces with Jantine's group.The quality of the writing in Homefront is great, but sometimes the presentation of the narrative could have been better. After being pulled in with a compelling opening scene, I was left struggling a bit with following all the characters and their different points of view at the beginning. I couldn't help but wonder if it could have been alleviated with some more background information on them right at the start rather than leaving it all for the reader to piece together. Sometimes it's cool to just give us clues and hints with a big reveal later, but sometimes it helps to have a bit more information to sort characters out from the start.Those who appreciate military conflicts or engagements in their science fiction are going to enjoy the action and combat scenes. There is some philosophical pondering on what makes us human, as well as questions on how family should be defined. There is telepathy between characters that reads like dream sequences, which can be a plus or minus depending upon the reader's feelings. This is likely the first book in a new series, The Transgenic Wars, because the ending suggests a continuation of the story.Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Resurrection House for review purposes.

  • kelsie
    2018-12-09 10:51

    3.5/5I think I'll have to reread this (and when I do, I'll probably bump up the rating) because the beginning was a bit muddled with jargon specific to the novel. That said, it was a really enjoyable read. A, hopefully, more comprehensive review will come at some point.

  • Lukas Lovas
    2018-12-10 07:08

    Not bad...I kinda liked this one. It wasn't the best sci-fi I've ever read, and there were plenty of small details I didn't like...but it's not a bad read.I enjoyed the definite sci-fi vibe you get from it. It's a book with vast potential for sequels, tie-ins and stuff like that. The characters are mostly likeable and well made, and the story has a good pace.That said, I didn't like the number of POV characters...I never really got lost among them, but I didn't make a connection with all of them, and it affected how much I enjoyed them.The vastness of the world beyond what we see is good, but I felt a great emptiness, where a feeling of something more should be. It's the feeling of props compared to the real see it, it looks real, but you know there is no depth to it. I felt something like that, when thinking about the world outside of what was directly experienced by our main protagonists.There's one last thing I didn't enjoy...the telepathy, it seemed almost like dream sequences, which is something I don't enjoy much. I know, many people like to look for hidden meanings in stuff like that, but...I don't. I like clear reality as experienced by our fully conscious heroes :)Anyway...the book was readable, and enjoyable enough, though I probably won't be re-reading it.

  • Brad Schoenfeld
    2018-11-29 05:45

    Ok on the surface this is a kinda not that boring of a book. If you think about it for a while its trying to be pro and anti America at THE SAME DAMN TIME. The whole book talks about the horrors of "colonialists", but preaches freedom of choice and peace. Maybe thats why its a pretty dumb story in general. The author is a moron and cant figure out what the hell they wanna say. Colonialism has brought more people out of disparity and oppression than every other "system" combined. If you boil this down to one message, America, or people in general, dont think before they fight back against someone trying to kill them which is the dumbest idea in the entire world. Theres nothing creative about the actual story even if you ignore the themes based on a world that we all would love to live in, but doesnt exist. Too many people live in this world of everyone can be reasoned with. So I guess my question is, how does anyone actually enjoy this garbage and ignore the underlying fu to America and troops?

  • Scott James
    2018-12-12 08:47