Book Review of “Tin Men”

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“Tin Men” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Christopher Golden (http://www.christophergolden.com). Mr. Golden has authored or co-authored many novels, novellas, short stories and graphic novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the not too distant future. The actions described takes place in Germany, Syria and Greece.

The US has advanced drone technology to the next level, with soldiers remotely piloting human-like robotic drones, the Remote Infantry. These metallic soldiers are nearly invincible, and the US has used them to force peace on much of the world. An action that has angered many around the world.

A group of anarchists trigger a massive world wide EMP that destroys most electronic and electrical devices in the world. Fortunately, the Remote Infantry are immune from the EMP due to built-in shielding. The anarchists want to rid the world of the Remote Infantry and reshape things. Hundreds of “Robot-killer” troops are dispatched in coordination with the EMP where ever there are Remote Infantry. Using newly developed rockets their goal is to destroy all of the Remote Infantry.

The novel follows the stories of five Americans: Aimee Bell, an Army technician at the Remote Infantry headquarters/control in Wiesbaden, Germany; Danny Kelso and Kate Wade, Remote Infantry soldiers who’s robots are in Syria as part of the US mission there; Felix Wade, an advisor to the US President who happens to be at a G20 meeting in Athens, Greece; and Alexa Day, the 17 year old daughter of the US Ambassador to Syria.

The story follows each of them as they try to survive after the EMP, avoid the anarchists who want them dead, and fight their way “home” to Wiesbaden. The story is fast paced with little break in the action. I thought that the plot which evolved over about 8.5 hours of reading was an interesting variation of the oft used “apocalypse”. I give this novel a 4.6 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com).

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