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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Monkeybrain (August 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932265287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932265286
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,310,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of THE SONG OF KWASIN, and the author of HADON, KING OF OPAR and EXILES OF KHO, all tales set in Farmer's Khokarsa series. His short fiction may be found in anthologies such as TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN, THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, and THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE, INC. FILES. He is a senior editor with Paizo on the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder Tales fiction line, and has edited numerous collections, anthologies, and novels. He holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Visit his website at www.cpcarey.com and follow him on Twitter @cpcarey.

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The scene is World War II. Native American Bomber Pilot Roger Two Hawks, off course on a mission to bomb the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania, has a mid air collision with a German plane over enemy territory. Along with Pat O'Brien, turret gunner, he is the only person to successfully manage to get a parachute open and descend to the countryside.

Hawks felt something odd just before the crash, however, and that oddness is reinforced when Hawks and O'Brien land. The people are all wrong, with technology distinctly primitive (~World War I era) by even backwater Rumanian standards. What's more, they speak a language that Hawks recognizes as a derivative of an Iroquois tongue.

Hawks, as a reader of science fiction and comic books has figured out what has happened. Somehow he and the gunner have wound up in a parallel history. One where the Siberian tribes that would have gone to America (only a chain of islands here), instead rolled west and vastly changed subsequent history. But events quickly sweep up Hawks along, as this world has a World War on a scale similar to his own going on...

Two Hawks from Earth is the story of Roger's quest to make his way through this world, and find a way to get back home. Along the way, his skills in this slightly technologically backward world are much in demand. And, of course, like any good adventure novel, there is always the love interest.

Some of the science (especially the ethnography) is outdated and flat out wrong. Given that, though, Two Hawks from Earth does what Farmer wrote very well--action and adventure, with a protagonist making his way in an unfamiliar world.
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I read most of Phillip Jose Farmer's books between 1978 and 1985. Recently I started reading them again. The intervening years may have caused my preferences to change. After rereading a lot of his stories, I have revised my opinions. I think Two Hawks is his best novel in several respects: the way he developes believable speculative science; and the way the history, linguistics and ethnology of the parallel earth were developed.
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I fell in love with Roger Two Hawks' character--he's a displaced, romantic soldier just trying to get home. He relies on his instincts as much as his intellect to see him through one crisis after another, and never loses his spirit, though he is quite lonely. What's not to love?!

The anthropological issues that Farmer dealt with at the time he was writing this novel were well-researched and well-thought out. Obviously, science has taught us some new things since then, and philosophies often change with generations--as Christopher Paul Carey points out--but those differences between past and present don't make Two Hawks' story any less enjoyable.
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