- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Del Rey (February 12, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034528691X
- ISBN-13: 978-0345286918
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lovers Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1980
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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The protagonist of "The Lovers" is Hal Yarrow, citizen of the Haijac Union, a totalitarian teocracy that has replaced the USA after a world war decimated most of the human race. Stifled by the unrelenting control by the state-church and its police over every aspect of his life, he is offered a way out of his bleak existence when he is drafted as a linguist for an interstellar expedition to the planet Ozagen, a world inhabited by a native species with a very complex language.
Things are not quite what they seem; the ostensibly peaceful scientific expedition is actually intended to pave the way for human colonization, starting with genocide by germ warfare on the native species. While Yarrow is working together with the local inhabitants to learn more of the world, the spaceship crew is working on producing bioweapons lethal to the natives. During a trip trough the wilderness, Yarrow meets Jeanette, a human survivor of an earlier, failed colony, founded by people who fled the Earth before the Haijac Union established hegemony over the western world.
Yarrow falls in love with Jeanette, and he realizes he would not be allowed to meet her, or any human not approved of by the state-church hierarchy and its local commissar, Pornsen. The existence of other humans on the planet is not known by Yarrow's superiors, and he decides to keep it a secret. As his secret love affair with Jeanette continues, he begins to change from a loyal subject of the state-church to a rebel.Read more ›
I throughly reccomned this book to those fans of Farmer who haven't experienced the other side of his creativeness.