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Escape To Challenge (The Moondark Saga Book 1) by [McQuinn, Don]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 9 in The Moondark Saga (9 Book Series)
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Long after the nuclear winter, humanity survives on the American continent much as the original Native Americans did, and tribes such as the Dog People struggle to maintain their identity in the face of an emerging Empire bent on conquest. The author of Targets (Tor, 1983) has skillfully crafted a novel of sf adventure featuring strong male and female characters. For large sf collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Raven's Call Press; 2 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079BV1X8
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I downloaded this book while it was an amazon freebie, and was pleasantly surprised. Then I reached the "ending" and figured it was about par for the course for free amazon books. I didn't expect everything to be resolved as this book is clearly labeled as part of a series, but none of the developing story lines were concluded. In the last few pages of the book a new twist was thrown out separating one of the groups of interest and leaving them with an unknown.

I think the writing was strong enough that I would have purchased the next book if the cliffhanger hadn't been thrown in. As it is, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this, but I did think the writing was strong enough to end the book on what was already there, even if no conclusions were reached, without having to throw in more to hook readers.

If the next books end in a different style, please leave a comment and let me know. My dislike of this one plot device is really the only reason for a review of only three stars, and my decision not to purchase the next book in the series.
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I normally don't read science fiction or fantasy, but I knew this author had won some awards, so I gave it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised. The writing has an almost literary feel to it, the female characters are not window-dressing, but well drawn and powerful, and the warrior hero shows a depth of humanity that underscores the underlying message that the tribe or family is all-important. The author does a good job of blending character development with action and has created a fascinating culture within the post-apocalyptic world. There was even a bit of romance to give depth to the characters and sweeten the plot. I will definitely be looking for his next book.
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This is the first book in the series, and launches you rapid-fire into an engaging, page turning post-apocalyptic world, where nuclear war and other catastrophes have spun the human race back to a Dark Age, with technology little past the former Bronze Age, and superstition rampant. In this world, a small cryogenically preserved band from the 21st Century emerges from hibernation.
Several unique elements send this series beyond your usual apocalyptic/dystopian fantasy:
The writing is superb on several levels: very tight management of tension with suspenseful scenes driving the story; deep character development (more on this in a minute); physical and sensory details; and exploration of technology in the context of social life.
The deep character development occurs on a couple of levels: creation of compelling, realistic characters in an imagined subsistence society, and evocative psychological development of personalities awaking from our time into a strange and alien world. A special element comes in McQuinn’s deft description and development of the nature of leadership— individuals in two different worlds watch and learn how people become leaders and how small societies organize themselves in the face of adversity.
I’m returning to re-read in Kindle, after having read the print version when it was first published. The story is as alive and fresh as I remember from my original reading. Do not miss this exciting exploration of human society — even if you think you don’t like “science fiction,” you’ll find something very different and compelling.
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This book has a little bit of everything....a little bit of Hunger Games, a little bit of Game of Thrones, and so on. Don McQuinn has begun a saga here, characterized by well written characters and evocative settings, and has done so in a very approachable manner. We aren't given two dimensional characters going through the motions, but rather shown complex people with complex motives in a rich world that has risen from the ashes of a holocaust.

This book sets a number of different plot threads into motion, but does not attempt to wrap them all up by the end. Indeed, this is but the opening of what can only be called an epic tale of a dystopian future. McQuinn's military background and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest are well utilized in the care and attention he has taken in writing this book, especially when a plot turn involving the forgotten residents of a hidden cave is introduced to the reader.

This book sets the stage for what I think will be a thrilling and thoughtful journey for the characters and the reader alike. Book two, here I come....
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Moondark Saga Fantasy Adventure

A girl-child is snatched from a simple village during burning, rape, and pillage.
Next we are with the night-watch boy and his dogs outside a home encampment not unlike a native American village. Many adjectives describe the cold ground, the dogs behavior, the stranger riding in and the enemies secretly following the stranger and the fight with the lone night-watch boy and his dogs. So far good for young adult readers. The action switches to talk about religion, conflict, healers, spying, war and leadership. A scene with unknown thing lurking in a cave with much rustling and heavy breathing suggesting a devil or dark creature without resolving. Muddled plot with side trips which don't advance the plot. I don't know what happens to the snatched girl child after 8 chapters, connections lost. Enter a space ship, with modern metals...wait a minute...how did we get there?..Must read on...maybe it isn t so bad after all
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