Top positive review
on June 27, 2012
The world of Coyote -- 47 Ursae Majoris -- is Humanity's thriving extra-solar colony. On Coyote life is generally fairly simple -- the majority of the population leads a rural life. However, with the introduction of the starbridge, much of Earth's population see an escape from massive overcrowding. Coyote Horizon is the story of countervailing forces...on the one hand, Coyote is struggling to cope with a massive swell of people wishing to emigrate, on the other, those who already call the world home are still struggling to learn all of its wonders and understand its many facets. To this end, an Exploratory Expedition is sent out to be the first to circumnavigate the world's primary waterway, the Great Equatorial River. Along the way much data is gathered, and much is learned.
At the same time the Exploratory Expedition is traveling the vast equatorial waterway, a man is changing. Hawk Thompson, on parole for killing is father years earlier, is bequeathed a gift on a chance encounter with the alien Hjadd. This gift -- a spiritual guidebook of sorts -- fundamentally changes Hawk. So much so that he takes a new name -- chaaz'maha -- and commits himself to spreading the understanding of this alien spirituality to the inhabitants of Coyote.
Coyote Horizon is fine continuation of the Coyote story. I have enjoyed seeing characters that were first introduced in the original Coyote tale grow, change, and yes, age. If there is a fault to be had with this book (and the series in general) it is that the novel feels like a series of short stories that have been stitched together, rather than a smooth, seamless tale. But, like the other books in the series, this hardly detracts from the story the author is trying to tell. Coyote Horizon is most definitely worth reading if you have read the other stories in this series.