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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016820
  • ASIN: B002KE49Q0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,619,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Coyote saga continues, at the same high level as before. Immigrants from the ruined earth are arriving in a flood. Meanwhile, the alien hjadd watch the humans from their embassy on Coyote. Why? What are they learning, and what are they going to do with their knowledge? Ex-convict Hawk Thompson has a large bump of curiosity, few scruples, and not much left to lose. Which leads to discovering a great deal more about what the hjadd may be up to and implying the conversion of the Coyote saga into a grand-scale exploration of humanity’s future evolution. --Roland Green

About the Author

Allen Steele received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

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Allen Steele is a science fiction writer with nineteen novels and five 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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The Coyote series provides good B-rate Sci Fi entertainment.
Why not explore the new philosophy the prophet teaches and its effect on Coyote's culture?
Rutherford Hayes
Love the way Steele continues to develop the characters and the setting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baslim the Beggar on March 9, 2009
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If my title has you thinking that this is another "Stranger in a Strange Land", it is and it isn't. There's a lot less sex, and a lot more action. Heinlein was doing an analysis of religion and society, with the story a means of getting it across. Steele's book is not such a set piece, but emphasizes the story more. So "Thou art God" seems a little more believable here.

This book, unlike the two books immediately preceeding it in the Coyote Universe ("Spindrift" and "Galaxy Blues"), is set almost entirely on Coyote. If you have not read the first three books ("Coyote", "Coyote Rising" and "Coyote Frontier", you will be missing a lot of background, but you could probably make your way through. You might want to check out the coyoteseriesdotcom web site. (I have not really checked it out, but Steele does mention it).

However, there is a connection to "Galaxy Blues" because in that book we learn of the importance to the aliens that were encountered in "Spindrift" of a particular set of ethical/philosophical principles. Knowledge of this is introduced more fully in "Coyote Horizon", and how people react to it is a central theme. Coupled to it is the idea of the impact of the existence of aliens on some earth religions, particularly Judeo-Christian fundamentalism.

Like the other Coyote titled books, this one is episodic. We start with Hawk Thompson, some years after he killed his abusive father. He has spent time on a work farm and is now employed as a customs inspector, but has no hope. He finds a friend, Melissa, when he saves a prostitute from an abusive john. He also assists in the capture of a dangerous man (we don't know how dangerous until later) who vows revenge on Hawk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on October 18, 2009
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Coyote Horizon (2009) is the first SF novel in the Coyote Chronicles. It is set in the same universe as -- and follows -- Coyote Frontier. In the Coyote Trilogy, the Coyote Federation declared their independence from the Western Hemisphere Union and applied for menbership in the United Nations.

In this novel, Carlos Mentero is a former president of the Coyote Federation and an occasional diplomatic attache. He is married to Wendy and the uncle of Hawk.

Wendy Gunther is also a former president of the Coyote Federation and is the wife of Carlos.

Hawk Thompson is a native of Coyote. He was convicted of second degree murder for killing his father. Now he has been on parole for six months out of a seven year sentence. He works as a customs inspector at the spaceport.

Melissa is a woman who lives across the hall from Hawk. He thinks that she is a prostitute.

Sawyer Lee is a guide for rich businessmen from Earth. He takes them out to kill boids, a vicious flightless bird predator.

Morgan Goldstein is the richest man on Coyote. He is the CEO of Janus Ltd., a trading house.

Joseph Walking Star Cassidy is an Amerindian. He has been Goldstein's equerry until recently.

Jasahajad Taf Sa-Fhadda is the hjadd Cultural Ambassador to the Coyote Federation.

In this story, Wendy is interviewed by Lynn Hu, an Earth journalist. Neither enjoyed the interview and Lynn got few quotes from Wendy. But she did get the impression that anything could happen.

One day Carlos shows up at Hawk's kiosk to ask a favor. The Coyote Council has changed the procedures for hjadd shuttles.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly Helscher on May 10, 2009
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In this fourth book of the Coyote series, Coyote has become a thriving planet, made possible by the star bridge that allows other worlds to travel to it. Tourism is a big industry and imports give the planet all the products it once didn't have access to. Recurring characters have grown older, but are still present within the book and initially the reader settles in for another good read. Hawk Thompson is introduced early in the book, who is the nephew to former Coyote president Carlos. Both characters are prominent in the book. Hawk receives the gift of a book from a representative of the hjada, an alien race. The contents of the book conflict with previous portrayals of this race (in other Steele stories), but the reader can reasonably allow this. But it is the red flag that signals the book will fall apart. The story becomes an allegory, which is painfully obvious and far beneath Steele's creative writing abilities. Religious, or spiritual leaders lose their personalities in favor of standard stereotypic bland personalities and the story continues to go downhill. Action at the end is drawn out and needed better editing. It is at this point that Carlos commits a big mistake that is so out of character for him that a fan of the Coyote series will find it unbelievable. This mistake costs Coyote a great deal and sets up the ending which is the lead in to Steele's planned fifth book. The ending is a huge disappointment and almost lazy in nature and Steele continues the allegory which just makes the disappointment worse. The book may be better enjoyed if someone has not read the other three books, and it can be read by itself. But if you have read and enjoyed the other three, you will be disheartened by Steele's labors. The book had tremendous promise, but Steele doesn't deliver
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