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Orphan's Journey (Jason Wander) by Robert Buettner
Cover Artist: Calvin Chu
Orbit Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316001731
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

The third book in the Orphan's War series finds Jason shipped off to an orbital resort that also happens to be a research station surrounding a captured alien starship. Jason's there because it turns out that the only person who can pilot the ship is his godson, now 16 and every inch a rebellious teen, and Jason is the only person who might be able to convince Jude to do it. After all, all they want to do is start up the engines, shut them down, and take a few measurements. What could go wrong? I mean, do you seriously think that the starship's AI would tear it loose from the station and send them off for a rendezvous with it's builders? Yeah, that's what we thought too. Still, it's great mil-sf adventure.

From release/information:

Book Description: 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 into 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.

(Source: Orbit)

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