The Unlikely Defenders

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Heroes are not enough to defeat the enemy. If humanity is to survive it will need the help of society's outcasts as well. More

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Words: 73,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301537679
About Scott Haworth

Scott was born in the wagon of a traveling show. His Momma used to dance for the money they'd throw. Pappa would do whatever he could... Well, not really. That would have been a lot more interesting though. He was actually born in the suburbs of Cleveland.

After existing for several more decades, Scott graduated from college in 2004 with a degree in history and political science. Six months later he decided he wanted to be a writer, which made the degree largely worthless. Oops.

Scott has written many novels in genres ranging from science fiction to political satire. He tried combining the two genres once, but he didn't think anyone would be interested in a sex scandal involving the President of Blargon 7.

When not writing, he enjoys being asleep.

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Review by: Davros10 on Dec. 27, 2013 :
I obtained this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway in May but for various reasons only got around to reading it this week. Apologies, as I had intended to read and review it as soon as possible.

The initial couple of pages, describing the alien fleet approaching Earth, reminded me of "Doc" Smith's Lensmen series, but after that it settles down a bit to become an easily read and interesting "alien attack" genre book. I suspect it was written for older teens rather than adults, but either can read it and enjoy it. In a way it's a pity the style of the first two or so pages wasn't continued, but it does become more fun.

My one concern is how jarring it was - initially at least - to have a section concentrating on one of the major characters set in the present, and then a section immediately after it providing some of this character's backstory. I say "initially" because after the first couple of chapters not only was I used to it but I was looking forward to learning of each of the character's history as I grew more "attached" to them.

There is a twist at the end about the alien invaders, leading obviously towards a sequel, but it was easily guessed very early on in the novel.

I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys less-serious science fiction genre stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: roustie on June 16, 2013 :
2.5 stars

The Unlikely Defenders is an alien invasion novel weaving together disparate stories of, well, some unlikely saviours of the planet, when a race of aliens attempt to take over the earth to colonize it as their own.

While this book made a valiant effort of trying to tie in all the stories of each character, some fell off the rails entirely, while others felt unneeded and unwarranted.

The major problem with this book was the characterization. The author attempted to introduce us to and then bring together a lot of characters. Way too many characters in fact. It was about the quarter of the way through the book until Hamworth was actually done introducing us to each character, and by that point, I had forgotten 75% of their names. A lot more can be done with a lot less. Because of the massive amount of characters in this story, there was no opportunity for me to learn to empathize or dislike any particular one. I never felt invested in any one story.

(full review here: http://populuxe.ca/blog/?p=258)
(reviewed long after purchase)

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