Fenton Wood's Yankee Republic series returns in Tower of the Bear, sending radio engineer Philo Hergenschmidt into the depths of the sea, across the amber waves of grain, and into legends half-remembered to search for the secrets of an impossible metal alloy.
Tower of the Bear continues to create a world where all the legends and tall tales of Philo's boyhood are not only true, but even stranger than he previously imagined. Science fiction typically pays lip service to the much vaunted sense of wonder, but Philo breathes it in with every page, whether racing Russians to the bottom of the Arctic Sea with Captain Nemo, delving the secrets of a Library of Everything, or following in an exiled tyrant's footsteps into the Indian Nations of the West. Yet Philo--and the whole of the Yankee Republic series--deftly navigates the opposing demands of wonder and practicality, and his hard-won radio skills only add to the grandeur of the legends he walks among in an America that never was--but should have been.
Tower of the Bear continues the story of Philo Hergenschmidt in his quest to build a transmitter that can reach the stars as well as filling in more of the history of the Yankee Republic as well as its neighbors. Including why the YR ends at the Mississippi among other things.
Also for fans of Hans Schantz The Hidden Truth series there is a delightful call out in the last half of the story. As one reviewer of Five Million Watts observed this will be one of the strangest yet entertaining books you will read this year.😀