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Hiero's journey;: A romance of the future, Hardcover – 1973

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Book 1 of 2 in the Hiero Series

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Per Hiero Desteen was a priest, a telepath -- and a highly trained killer. Together with his great riding moose and the young bear who was his friend, he was on an extraordinary mission. For this was five thousand years after the holocaust known as The Death. Now the evil Brotherhood of the Unclean was waging all-out war against the few remnants of normal humanity, determined to wipe out all traces of its emerging civilization. Hiero's task was to bring back a lost secret of the ancients that might save the humans. But his path lay through the very heart of the territory ruled by the Unclean and their hordes of mutated, intelligent, savage beast followers. And the Unclean were waiting for him! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801958342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801958342
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,903,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bill W. on April 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Update Dec. 1 2012: Attention Sterling Media Group: On the off chance that you read these reviews or that somebody can bring it to your attention, I stripped the DRM from your book and fixed the HTML the last time I read it. Give me my $10 back and I will give you the edited copy and you can fix this book for everyone. You can't beat that deal!

Update Dec. 24 2011: The Kindle book was recently updated and the new version is improved. Unfortunately, it is also still terrible. Many of the OCR problems were resolved, but not all of them. Improper paragraph breaks and missing or incorrect punctuation still abound. Italics have not been restored. Overall, it is better, but still bad. It would be so trivial to fix the problems that it is really inexcusable for the publisher to be asking $10. It is obvious that nobody who gives a damn has read through the text.

Original Review:

As Hiero's Journey is one of my favorite books, I was happy to see a Kindle version available. Unfortunately, it is a big disappointment.

The formatting is terrible, with line breaks in the middle of paragraphs, missing punctuation, many bad-OCR character substitutions, and none of the italics used to identify mental communication in the original version.

For ten dollars, this is a complete rip off. I'll stick with my old paper copy.

The publisher should either reduce the price to 99 cents or fix the text. Preferably the latter since I already wasted $10 on it. Don't make the same mistake I did.

(I see that Sterling Media Group LLC has recently released all of Lanier's books other than Menace Under Marswood. I would happily have repurchased all of his books for the Kindle if this one had been well done. Hopefully they will release a fixed version. Until this one is corrected, there is no way I will be taking a risk on the others.)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Believable, imaginative, engaging. An extremely satisfying read from start to finish. I've read the book at least ten times, each more enjoyable. While based on a world atomic disaster this is an uplifting, feel-good story. The next volume, Unforsaken Hiero, keeps up the pace and adds more dimensions to Per Hiero, our hero. While each book tells a complete story, the saga is incomplete. It has been frustrating waiting for years for the third volume. Despite the lack, the two books are incredible.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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If science fiction/fantasy is your genre of literature, do yourself a favor and take a weekend to read this excellent story by Lanier.
His lead character, Per Hiero Desteen is an instantly likeable warrior/priest who must undertake a critical mission in unknown and forbidden territory in a post-apocalyptic North America 5,000 years in the future. The story is a real page-turner with dozens of believable plot twists and supporting ideas that make for a fun and fantastic read. The typical good vs. evil sub plot takes a fresh approach in Laniers world with many diverse characters including dozens of grotesque, nuclear-spawned mutations, some intelligent and allied to humans..others maelevelant but equally intelligent aligned with evil humans known as the Unclean. This unholy alliance is dedicated to the resurrection of the nuclear technology that decimated the Earth 5 millenia in the past, as well as the total subjigation of normal humankind.
All these things become quite plausible thanks to Laniers excellent literary style and flair for creating believable, likeable characters. He is a master storyteller with a gift that so few authors have. Ultimately, this book is pure fantasy that is extremely fun! The sequel, Unforsaken Hiero is equally entertaining and a must-read once you gobble up this first book.
Sadly, Mr. Lanier has never written the third and final book in the trilogy and it appears he may never do so. For the many Hiero fans left waiting, we can only hope Lanier may someday rekindle his passion for this series and finish the story. Or perhaps authorize a third book by a young upcoming writer in the sci fi/fantasy industry. I've been waiting for book three for over ten years.
Regardless, please take Hiero's Journey. You won't be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mdakin on June 21, 2011
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I would wholeheartedly give a 5 star to this book as it is one of the finest example of post-apocalyptic fiction.

However, Kindle edition is so badly ruined by publishers decision to just use a bad OCR device on the book and do absolutely no editing or even proofreading afterwards.

For this, shame on you Sterling Media Group because you defiled such a beautiful book and Amazon because you shamelessly sell it in this shape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RideTheCatfish on October 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Hiero's Journey" imagines a long-dead North American continent. Nearly five thousand years have past since a horrible war decimated the world, turning it into a mutated hell. Pockets of humanity dot the wastes, with many sects having reverted to primitive savagery. Taking the center stage is Hiero Desteen, a telepathic Canadian priest assigned with the duty of venturing into the forbidden areas of (what were once) the Great Lakes and New England regions in search of technological artifacts. With only a few companions at his side, he must fend off an onslaught of hideous, war-spawned beasts and tattered remnants of civilization.

The plot is really nothing new, but beauty is in how Lanier puts it all together. His post-apocalyptic world is vividly imagined, brought to life by description that is neither flowerly or sparse. The great monsters of the wastelands are mutated to comically huge proporations, yet instead of going for completely overkill, Lanier gives us only glimpses of them in action. He leaves most of it to the reader's imagination, and the result is a series of rather impressive scenes and a tense, foreboding atmosphere. The characters are standard - the lone warrior and his animal friends, the mysterious girl, the evil brotherhoods of evil. It has all been done before, but Lanier does a great job of breathing just enough life into them. They're tiny, pen-lights of goodness and humanity in a savage world, and while none of them are all that extensively realized, I could nonetheless believe in and sympathize with them and their plights.

"Hiero's Journey" is a product of a time in which science fiction didn't have to be horribly complex and thought-provoking in order to be considered good.
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