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Product Details

  • Series: Coyote (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441012515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441012510
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hugo-winner Steele's stirring second entry in the interstellar frontier saga that began with Coyote (2002) dramatizes the growing tensions between groups of pioneers on Coyote, a recently discovered world in the 47 Ursae Majoris system. Coyote's first settlers fled tyranny on Earth, so they're disconcerted by the arrival of starships full of colonists sent by a different dictatorship. Unavoidable conflict between the people who want to be left alone and those who need to dominate leads to intrigue, raids and eventually full-scale revolt. Perhaps inevitably (since it was first published as a series of stories in Asimov's), the novel deals with scattered episodes from that struggle, so that characters appear, perform some necessary action, and vanish just as readers have gotten interested in them. However, Steele presents his characters convincingly enough to account for their selfless or calculating behavior, and it makes sense for the story to focus on larger social evolution rather than individuals. In any event, the book's real center is its setting. Coyote offers forests, mountains, prairies, rivers in a panorama strange enough to rouse awe, vast enough to give all manner of humans room to find themselves. Happily, by the end the little war is finished, but this big, wonderful world is still waiting to be explored.
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The settlers on Coyote from the starship Alabama have a problem. Their fellow humans have followed them and now threaten their refuge with overpopulation and authoritarian governments. Under the name Rigil Kent, Carlos Montero is trying to assemble the human and other resources for a revolution, for which Captain R. E. Lee survives as an inspiring symbol. Meanwhile, the Reverend Zoltan Shirow contributes intelligently depicted messianic fervor to public life, with consequences yet to be determined. Those three characters, a good many lesser ones, and the situation as a whole smack distinctly of Heinlein, especially in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), and the book is not entirely free of libertarian preaching. On the other hand, it is full of good and even vivid writing, so readers who don't reject on philosophical grounds the strand of the sf heritage that its proclivities represent may thoroughly enjoy it. Such nonrejecting readers are numerous; after all, Steele has two reader-bestowed Hugos to his credit. Roland Green
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More About the Author

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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Good character development, with plenty of action.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Coyote Rising (2004) is the second SF novel in the Coyote trilogy, following Coyote itself. In the previous volume, five years after the arrival of the URSS Alabama, the WHSS Seeking Glorious Destiny Among the Stars for the Greater Good of Social Collectivism arrived in the 47 Ursae Majoris system carrying colonists and Matriarch Luisa Hernandez. After Mayor Lee met with the Matriarch on her ship, the Alabama colonists fled New Florida, leaving the town of Liberty stripped and deserted, and disappeared into the wilds of Midland.

The Western Hemisphere Union has sent five colony ships to 47 Ursae Majoris. The Glorious Destiny brought a thousand colonists and Union Guard to Coyote, as did New Frontiers, Long Journey, Magnificent Voyage and Spirit. Coyote has not become overcrowded, but Liberty definitely becomes overpopulated and many colonists were forced to camp in the Shuttlefield slums.

In this novel, Allegra DiSilvio arrives on Coyote in the Long Voyage. She is a composer who has been blocked from her creativity and has come to this distant planet looking for new sources of inspiration. After a long and futile search for a place to pitch her tent, she finally sets up near a swamp. Her neighbor is Cecelia -- Sissy -- Levin, mother of the Chief Proctor. Allegra gains Sissy's trust, makes a flute for her, and is soon teaching Sissy to play the instrument.

Benjamin Harlan is intrigued by a religious cult that comes to Coyote on the Magnificent Voyage. The cult leader, Reverend Zoltan Shirow, claims to be a prophet of the Universal Transformation. He looks like a bat, with wings and an animalistic face. However, Ben has his eyes mostly on Greer, a very good looking woman who seems to like him.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele follows up his imaginative novel COYOTE with the sequel, COYOTE RISING. I've read all of Allen Steele's novels and most of his short stories. Why? Because he never disappoints. Steele's stories always have the ring of truth because he populates them with believable characters, fast-paced plots, and technology that is understandable to the average Joe. All of these traits are in abundance in COYOTE RISING.

In the first novel, a group of interstellar colonists hijack a prototype starship named Alabama and flee a right-wing dictatorship to settle on the distant planet Coyote. Coyote is a harsh world with long and bitter winters and dangerous wildlife. The struggle to set up the first human colony on this planet is fraught with peril and makes for a great read. Steele recaps events from COYOTE nicely in COYOTE RISING, but I recommend reading the original first. It's like watching The Empire Strikes Back --- you don't need to see Star Wars to get it, but you will enjoy it more if you do.

In COYOTE, the first settlers fled tyranny on Earth and fought hard to explore the new world and build the settlement of Liberty. But the rulers of Earth have not given up on Coyote. They cannot. A majority of Earth has become uninhabitable, so mankind needs a new home. At the end of COYOTE, more spaceships are sent to Coyote with colonists and soldiers. The original settlers don't take too kindly to these interlopers led by tyrannical colonial governor Matriarch Luisa Hernandez, so they abandon Liberty and set up a new colony.

COYOTE RISING picks up from there, with the newcomers living in the now overcrowded Shuttlefield that has cropped up next to Liberty. Steele's strength is writing about things you actually believe can happen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Brian Watkins VINE VOICE on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This second installment in the Coyote trilogy was every bit as enjoyable as the first. In "Coyote" Mr. Steele presents the story of the first interstellar colonization, cast in a light similar to that of the American Revolution. The intrepid colonists have managed to escape a repressive right-wing government only to find that they must now defend their freedoms against the efforts of a left-wing government (that has arisen to power in the 200 or so years that have passed on earth) to subjugate the colonists and reap the benefits of the new world via slave labor. Owing to time-dilation inherent in the travel between the stars, Steele is able to have his original colonists face yet another repressive government and he makes excellent use of the themes and characters presented in Coyote.

The Coyote trilogy belongs to the adventure genre rather than that of science-fiction. Sure, there are some elements of science fiction, but this is purely a story of colonization and discovery--discovery not only of geography but of the importance of good government and leadership. Adventure seems to have fallen out of favor. Our world is too well understood to support adventure tales. Honestly, can anyone even get lost anymore? If so, where is your cell phone? No, adventure these days requires either an alternate history, a third-world militaristic setting, or going beyond the moon. Want to go to Everest? Hire a guide and get in line. Want to go to space? Join the crowds. How about the exotic South Pacific--boring, Survivor has been there and done that. Our world has lost the spirit of discovery. We have become more worried about disturbing the local flora and fauna than seeing new sights and paving new trails.
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