Germline: Bk. 1: The Subterrene War (Subterrene War 1)
by T. C. McCarthy
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780356500416
Date: 04 August 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The market here can be pretty sniffy about military SF - the argument tends to be that it doesn't really work, but there are some notable exceptions - not least Jack Campbell, whose Lost Fleet books have been going along nicely since Titan published the series in the UK.
Germline is a near future military SF thriller, one acquired by Orbit US and released into our market too by Orbit UK - it'll be interesting to see if it proves equally popular in both territories. That notwithstanding, the author T.C. McCarthy is certainly qualified to write such novels, having, according to the press release, worked for the CIA during 9/11 and the conflicts in Iraq! This debut novel is the first in a sequence and is an Orbit paperback original.
"A hundred years from now, Russia and the USA are at odds again. This time, the cold war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan. War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death - it smells like a Pulitzer. But Kaz changes people and the chaos of war feels a bit too much like home. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of drugs and adrenaline, Oscar starts down a dark road that he won't be able to turn back from. "