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About the Author

Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Before turning to science fiction, he worked as a staff writer for newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. His previous novels include Orbital Decay; Lunar Descent; Clarke County, Space; Labyrinth of Night; Jericho Iteration; The Tranquility Alternative; Oceanspace, and Chronospace (all available from Ace). He is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award in the novella category. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Whately, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Coyote Chronicles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019991
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allen Steele is a science fiction writer with nineteen novels and six collections of short fiction to his credit. His works have been translated worldwide and have received the Hugo, Locus, and Seiun awards, and have been nominated for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Sidewise Awards. He is also a recipient of the the Robert A. Heinlein Award. His first published story, "Live from the Mars Hotel," was published in 1988, and his first novel, Orbital Decay, was published in 1989. His best-known work is the Coyote series -- Coyote, Coyote Rising, Coyote Frontier, Coyote Horizon, and Coyote Destiny -- and the associative novels set in the same universe: Spindrift, Galaxy Blues, and Hex. A graduate of New England College and the University of Missouri, he is a former journalist, and once spent a brief tenure as a Washington correspondent. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dogs.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Baslim the Beggar on March 10, 2010
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To appreciate Coyote Destiny, it is important that the reader should have read Coyote Horizon at the very least. The book can be read without doing so, but the significance of some events is lessened. Read the whole series for maximum effect.

Almost two decades (Earth years, not Coyote years) have elapsed since the end of Coyote Horizon. Coyote has been out of contact with Earth for all that time. Before that, refugees from an Earth that was suffering political and environmental collapse were flooding into Coyote.

Coyote, in the meantime, has prospered, and resumed trade with the alien worlds revealed in previous books. There are now only a few people alive who came on the first starship. Gleaming cities built with the help of alien technology are arising from the villages of the early settlers.

A prelude takes up where Coyote Horizon left off. An explosion aboard the Coyote Confederation starship Robert E. Lee destroys the ship and the stargate that it is in the act of passing through. But a lifeboat carrying Hawk Thompson, who is the human spiritual leader of a philosophy embraced by most of the alien worlds. Hawk received a gift from an alien emissary of these teachings, the Sa'Tong-tas and was transformed spiritually. Further mental transformation came later, which gave him extraordinary powers, but those powers are not part of the Sa'Tong-tas. Hawk was going to Earth to help Coyote's former president deal with the refugee problem.

The main story opens with the two members of an expedition to Coyote's northern extremes being recalled to the capital. It seems that a stolen starship has finally come from Earth, revealing that Hawk Thompson has been instrumental in recalling to earth people from the colonies in the solar system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wiseguy on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've followed this series (Coyote) with interest. In particular the issue of establishing a new world and a new society and dealing with new flora and fauna and politics and just the "Gee Whiz" issues of what it might be like to be stuck somewhere so far from home and to being in a position where everything must be re-imagined from scratch if people are to begin again. But slowly the series slid into a less imaginative narrow religious theme with plot devices that lacked credibility and then the story line was reduced to a flight back to the USA and post apopolyptic conflict. We learned essentially nothing more of substance about how a new world and new world order might find a new path into the future but instead got trapped in a soap opera story-line. I quit reading Coyote Destiny about 10 pages from the end because I thought the author "sold out" and just wanted to end it (it was not a mercy killing, by the way). What could have remained a vehicle for imaginative thought and story lines just became fodder for melodrama. It's hard to get hooked and then disappointed at the end of a series--not by the fact of its ending but by its forced and "canned" story line. A whole new world of possibilities was reduced to a trite story line of spiritual cops and robbers or good guys and bad guys. Maybe the author can go back to Coyote and re-capture the "WOW" of looking up into an entirely new sky and give the readers back a sense of what Wonder really is.

Since reading the first Coyote books I looked up at the sky everyday as if for the first time and took in the wonder of it all. But by the end, I lost the majesty of imagination and felt like everything ended up back in some daytime soap opera. Think "Do Over" and end on a high note if another series is attempted!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With the disaster that devastated the governments of the Western hemisphere, those Americans, Europeans and Asians who can flee the Earth do. Their destination is the 47 Ursae Majoris system where they plan to rebuild the world.

Captain Sergio Vargas transports thirty-four earthlings to Coyote. However, as they are about to cross the star traversing gateway from Starbridge Earth, an explosion occurs on the receiving side. Apparently the Robert E. Lee had exploded with communication down except for an SOS from a lifeboat. Vargas calmly switches mission to rescue the survivor and hopefully more from the Robert E. Lee disaster, but only finds one person; a monk amidst the ruins of Boston claiming he is God.

The second half of the latest Coyote interstellar outer space colonization is a superb finish to Coyote Horizon. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non stop action as Vargas believes the cause of the calamity is a member of his crew. Fans of the Coyote saga already know Allen Steele consistently provides thought provoking tales of interstellar exploration while newcomers need to read at least the first half of this duology Coyote Horizon to understand what led to the escapades in Coyote Destiny.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 18, 2010
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Coyote Destiny (2010) is the second SF novel in the Coyote Chronicles duology, following Coyote Horizon. The initial volume in this series is Coyote.

In the previous volume, Hawk learns that Cosenza has brought a bomb aboard the Lee. Carlos takes Hawke to Commodore Tereshkova and convinces her that there really is a bomb in the cargo bay. Carlos sits next to the bomber and tries to take the detonator away from Cosenza.

In this novel, Jorge Montero II is a Lieutenant in the Coyote Federation Corps of Exploration. His father is Jonathan Parson, Corps chief of staff.

Sawyer Lee is Commanding General of the Corps. He was an old friend of Carlos and has known Jorge since his childhood.

Inez Torres is a Corporal in the Corps. She is using a fake name.

Hawk Thompson is the chaaz'maha, head of the Sa'Tong on Coyote.

Melissa Sanchez is a member of the Order of the Eye and common-law wife of Hawk. She is also the mother of Inez.

Sergio Vargas is the captain of the Legend of Simon Bolivar, a freighter that has made several voyages to and from Coyote.

In this story, Vargas is waiting for clearance at Starbridge Earth for passage to Coyote. The ship is carrying thirty-four refugees crammed into a passenger module. The starbridge had flashed less than a minute before, but the ring had abruptly collapsed.

Starbridge control doesn't know what happened. After a few minutes, they get back to the Bolivar with a request.
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