New Author Spotlight: T. C. McCarthy

New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres.

Today’s spotlight shines on T.C. McCarthy!

T. C. McCarthy’s is the author of Germline, published by Orbit.

Here’s the cover copy for Germline:

Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can’t be undone. Some technologies can’t be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn’t find the war, the war finds him.

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One thought on “New Author Spotlight: T. C. McCarthy”

  1. There is definitely something to this book. I reviewed it in very brief (a longer more interesting one is here) and, maybe it was coming off of the 50-hour descriptive tome that is A Dance with Dragons, Germline just shot along, well suited to its strug-out, not quite gonzo or beat, narrator. I’m not really sure the cover copy captures the essence of the book. Yes, there’s Oscar, yes there’s drugs and war, but it’s not “about” drugs and war, somehow. There’s not pages-long descriptions of power suits and weaponry, or divergent stream of consciousness hallucinations. There’s a very human book in there, not quite fully coaxed out to perfection but very worthwhile.

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