Terminal Alliance

Terminal Alliance

by Jim C. Hines

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In his hilarious new sci-fi series, Jim C. Hines introduces the unlikely heroes that may just save the galaxy: a crew of space janitors.

The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.

Jim C. Hines has proven himself a master of humorous fantasy with his Jig the Goblin novels, and has turned the usual fantasy tropes sideways and upside down with his Princess and his Magic Ex Libris series. With Terminal Alliance, the debut novel in his humorous military science fiction series, Jim takes us into a brand-new universe of entertainment certain to appeal to fans of both Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756412753
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 169,261
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jim C. Hines is the author of numerous fantasy novels, including the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, and the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. He lives in mid-Michigan with his family.

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LIEUTENANT MARION “MOPS” Adamopoulos, commander of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team on the EMCSPufferfish, switched off the translation of a nineteenth-century human history textbook she’d been reading and focused her attention on the alert icon on her monocle. “Go ahead.”

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Terminal Alliance 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something different and this was perfect. Good combination of action and humor.
StylinSixty More than 1 year ago
Well done, Mr. Hines! This delightful story is the reason that I read science fiction. Fantastic imagination; wonderful aliens, just enough science to make me believe in what's happening and a great set of underdog heroes. I enjoyed every bit of their journey and can't wait for more. What a hoot! Janitors save the day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun entertaining read.
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
Jim C. Hines is one of the best authors in SFF right now as evidenced in this latest series that published late last year. I’m more of a fantasy reader usually, but sometimes science fiction titles really grab my attention and won’t let go. That’s what happened with this fun, cynical read! Just look at the series title: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse. I love it! And the author did a great job balancing science, janitor jargon, intrigue, and action. There were looks of interesting aliens. And a fun look at how Earth’s human population fell into a feral state. A fascinating aspect of this book was the use of pronouns. Various alien species were treated differently according to their preferences. One of the main characters uses they/them/their always. There was another race that doesn’t recognize gender, so a conversation alternates female and male pronouns. A third race uses zie in place of gender. And except for giving a brief reasoning for each use, the text doesn’t call attention to it. It’s just accepted. I did occasionally get lost in the science jargon but never for very long. I think there’s enough to give meaning to the crew’s actions and the universe overall, but not so much that readers will dnf because they can’t follow along. I loved this snarky crew and can’t wait to see what other mysteries they uncover in book 2!!
KriisGaia More than 1 year ago
Terminal Alliance, set in the far future when an alien race, the Krakau, has helped humans overcome a disease which rendered them feral. In gratitude, the humans now work alongside the aliens, or at least that’s what the humans believe. Enter Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos. Mops is the Lieutenant in charge of Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish. Yep, she is pretty much a Space Janitor. While suited up to perform some of their sanitation duties, her team are the only ones not infected by a bioagent released after docking with another ship. All of the humans have reverted to their previous feral state, and all of the Krakau are now dead. The Command Crew, as on all Earth Mercenary Corps Ships, is entirely Krakau. Pretty much all ship systems are designed for them as well. It is up to Mops and her crew to round up the feral humans, hopefully before somebody tries to eat somebody else, and get everybody to safety. But of course, in every good novel, things never go that easy. They discover that the virus was released intentionally, and realize that no one will believe them. So now they have to prove it before taking the ship back home. Learning to fly a ship is hard enough, but learning one which was designed for another species is infinitely more difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the misadventures they had in learning the alien ship systems. Quirky, Fun, Thoroughly Enjoyable Naturally, you have a lot of questions right from the beginning. I found the questions just kept me wanting to know more about what was going on and why. I found the characters to be quirky and fun, thoroughly enjoyable. While I have never read any of the other novels by the author Jim C. Hines, I do look forward to reading more in the “Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse” series and others he has written. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a bit hard to get through the first few pages of world building, but the story is a fun ride after you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was a real page turner. This is the first book of Jim C.Hines' work that I've ever read, and I'm pretty sure I'll stick around to see what the crew of EMS Puffer Fish will be up to next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it's marketed as a comedy, it's more of a straight sci fi story. Sure, there is an occasional chuckle, but it's still worthwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting, and amusing, read. Just the right balance of sci-fi, adventure, and comedy. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great world building, characters as always are likeable people you want to root for, with emotional depth and interesting quirks, intelligent handling of science quagmires and mcguffins. This book made me smile a lot even when not outright laughing, but the humor never gets in the way of the story, it just enhances it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follow a small group of janitorial staff led by a kick-ass female lead as they uncover the secret behind human zombies and fight to save their tentacled overlords. If you haven't picked up a Jim Hines book yet, and you're a sci-fi fan, this is a good place for you start. I have probably read 97% of all the works he's published and trust me, they are all worth binge reading!