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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. C. McCarthy Narrator: Donald Corre Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Subterrene War Series Release Date:
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Germline (n): the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage that can be passed to the next generation. Also (slang): secret military program to develop genetically engineered supersoldiers.

One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…Recalling the work of Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr, McCarthy’s delirious narrative avoids cliché and raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Brilliantly written…One of the most compelling science fiction books of the year. Germline is much more than a novel about a futuristic war.”

    Impact magazine

  • “Delivers a rapid-fire military SF adventure that explores the relationship between the runaway development of technology and biotech and the long-term consequences that ensue. Fans of military SF and science-based SF will enjoy the unusual setting and vivid battle descriptions.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 2/11/2014

    " Set in a science fiction world, Germline is a war story to the bone. Cutting and brutal, no punches are pulled as Oscar Wendell covers the world's latest war. Trying to exorcise some of his demons only leads to the creation of new ones as Oscar charts the course of the war. Gritty and plausible, this book is definitely worth picking up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Markus | 1/25/2014

    " Picked this after reading Justin's great review. This was very different kind coming of age story, to say the least. A very bleak, a dark story about very unlikeable war reporter who is drugged out most of the story and who is quite a big asshole. I got feeling at somewhere around halfway mark, that 'why i'm reading about this pulitzer-hound-asshole', but by the end it was really worth it, a very emotional and it made want read more from this McCarthy guy, but no more stories of Oscar Wendell, please :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/25/2014

    " War war and more war,Great read!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ben Bates | 1/24/2014

    " Not terrible but unremittingly grim and doesn't really go anywhere. The book charts the changes wrought in a drug addicted journalist as he proceeds through a moribund campaign in a bizarre near future war. It's billed as military sci fi but that doesn't excuse the dearth of ideas. It could be a lot better "

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About the Author

T. C. McCarthy earned a BA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Georgia before embarking on a career that gave him a unique perspective as a science fiction author. From his time as a patent examiner in complex biotechnology to his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, he has studied and analyzed foreign militaries and weapons systems. He was at the CIA during the September 11 terrorist attacks and was still there when US forces invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, allowing him to experience warfare from the perspective of an analyst.