A decade ago, the alien Creepers came to Earth, dropping asteroids to drown our coastal cities, detonating nuclear weapons overhead to destroy our communications, power and computer systems, and to set up their network of killer stealth satellites to kill anything on our planet that used modern technology. In a matter of days, Earth was driven back to a nineteenth century existence.
Then the war really began, as the Creepers descended and set up domed bases that were impervious to everything save a nuclear bomb.
For ten years then, the battered and surviving members of humanity have fought against the Creepers and their mechanized exoskeletons, until something unexpected has happened: a chance for victory.
Sixteen‑year‑old Randy Knox has the usual problems of a teenage boy: getting along with his father, dating his sweetheart, and trying not to fail his junior year of high school. But Randy also has other demands on his time, as a sergeant in the N.H. National Guard, attached to the U.S. Army, and fighting the invading Creepers.
Randy has dim memories of a time of electric lights, laptop computers, television screens and above all, plenty of food at every meal. On his twelfth birthday, he enlisted in the Army to carry on the fight, since most of the world’s adults have been killed off and it’s up to the younger generations to serve. But now, as a veteran of the Creeper war and with his K‑9 partner Thor, Randy has learned to focus on the essentials: the best way to kill a Creeper, scrounge through abandoned buildings for old canned goods, and to avoid being turned into “barbecue bait.” He has earned the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Endless war is all he knows.
But now change has drastically come to his life. The current President of the United States—a former Assistant Secretary of Defense—has announced that scattered remnants of the Air Force have destroyed the Creeper’s Orbital Base, ensuring victory over the alien invaders. Those surviving Creepers on the Earth’s surface will be hunted down and exterminated, as a weary and wary population celebrates victory.
Yet Randy is assigned a new mission: to escort a secret representative from the Governor of New Hampshire to the nation’s capital, to meet with the President. And at the last moment, a fellow teen soldier—the beautiful Serena Coulson and her mute younger brother Buddy—are assigned to join Randy.
This secretive mission proves to be the most dangerous assignment of his life, as Randy tries to protect his charges from rampaging Creepers and criminal humans. And as he fights to reach the capitol with a vital mission, Randy learns that all of his skills in combating aliens may not be enough to survive the dark conspiracies of his fellow humans.
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DuBois (Amerikan Eagle) fills this ambitious but sometimes cheesy SF novel with nail-biting suspense and satisfyingly complex characterization. After a decade of devastating war, humanity has finally won the fight against the alien Creepers or at least that's the claim of a president most Americans have never seen. Sgt. Randy Knox of the National Guard's Recon Rangers isn't so sure. At age 16, he's been killing aliens for four years, and as much as he'd like to hang up his rifle, there's still a job to be done. Randy's assigned to guard a condescending governor's assistant and two mysterious young military specialists as they deliver top-secret intel to the Capitol. Before he even gets close, Randy begins to discover the truth about his government and learns why the Creepers invaded in the first place. DuBois leans on a variety of military sources to examine how war against aliens might affect human technology and behavior. Though his cultural commentary is far from original (and his insistence on referring to guns by their full names is a chore to read), the contrast between DuBois's world and our own is stark and well drawn.