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Coyote Rising: The Coyote Series: Book Two Paperback – 7 Jul 2005


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493688
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 3.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An homage to wonder, hope and determinism' Stephen Baxter 'Allen Steele is always good, and Coyote is one of his very best' Kevin J. Anderson 'The discovery of a new world is one of SF's most potent themes, and Steele handles it well' Publishers Weekly 'Heinlein would approve' Locus

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Hugo Award-winning author, Allen Steele, takes us on an incredible journey of courage, ambition and discovery in this second volume of his epic trilogy of interstellar exploration.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Sharples on 9 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading Coyote was a joy. Accompanying these rogue colonists on their journey to their new world was a great way to spend a couple of days and the cliffhanger nature of the ending of the first book gave me the impetus to buy the second in the series.
Continuing on from the end of the first book. The new arrivals from Earth have started to settle and are imposing their regime onto the original colonists. The stories centre around the unhappyness of the new Colonists and the dictatorship that ultimately cause this new society to crumble. Terrorism, love the futility of war and religous persecution all feature in this second cracker of a novel by Mr Steele and as with the first, this book doesn't disappoint.
Again as with Coyote, Coyote Rising presents you with a number of short stories, each one centred around individuals of the colony. Each one having a different perspective on what is happening. Each story is haunting and the characterisations are very well done. Even though each story is separate and distinct there is still and underlying story arc which each one refers to, allowing you to get your bearings are you delve deeper through the pages.
I like the Coyote stories. They really are pure escapism and I intend to get the final book, Coyote Frontier when it is published. It's sad that this will be the final book but I hope the author takes us back some time.
Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lennon on 22 July 2005
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I've been waiting for this book since I finished the previous one 'Coyote' in just a few days I was so hooked to the story of the crew of the Alabama.
With this book I decided to take my time because its a long wait to the next and final tale in the trilogy, but I couldn't I just had to know how everything would turn out.
This book starts 2 coyote years from the first and follows new characters to the world. Then after the base of how things are on coyote is made we return to the original crew, who are set for rebellion.
The book is like the last, broken up following different characters at different points in coyotes history. This I think is the best part of Allen Steele's writing. Every part is new but still follows the wider story arc.
Although this is the second in a trilogy you could pick this book up without having read the previous, which is another wonderful thing, because I didn't have to reread the first to remember characters from it.
This book has what you need Love, Action, and Sadness. I loved it from start to finish and wound have no trouble about rereading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tifrap on 6 Feb 2009
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Coyote Rising was a necessary read after its prequel Coyote, both being quite compulsive reads. Coyote Rising however manages to amplify all the faults of its parent story, Both it seems were written as serialisations and have not been edited when joined, the result is a lot of recaps throughout the text - if you have a short attention span this could be a very good thing, I found it annoying as it seriously broke the flow of the story.
The author should also have insisted on a better proof reader, there are many misplaced, mis-spelled and duplicated words. the book also relies on a lot of geographic descriptions that suffer from the author confusing east and west even in the same sentence. The book relies on quite a lot of technical description which is woefully inaccurate, not just regarding the science but also the trivial handcrafts that are described, I wonder if the author uses wikipedia for research, it certainly would seem so.

OK it is a cheap book and perhaps I am expecting too much from something that was probably churned out in a few weeks, dont get me wrong, i enjoyed the book it is a real page turner, but I doubt that I'll be reading the final book. I managed to suspend disbelief most of the time, but one thing really made this book grate with me; the society represented is easily recognised as twentieth century USA, especially in its slightly smalltown puritanical views on alcohol, sex, work ethic, frontiersmanship, etc. These people are still sitting on front porches, wearing baseball caps and drinking coffee - even though it is set in the distant future, in an alien environment.
there was a fantastic opportunity to creatively imagine a different future here, but the author has settled for deadwood with a few slightly different trees.
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By J. Childs on 16 April 2006
Format: Paperback
The author has managed to evade most of the pitfalls of Coyote, first book in the series. Or perhaps it's just that I read this first and was therefore less critical? The science content in this second episode is much reduced, with a corresponding increase in the action. I have to say, however, that I still found some of the characters a bit two-dimensional. All in all a bit of a disappointment after his earlier novels, but some enjoyable moments nontheless.

Summary? Borrow before you buy - you'll probably want to read it ... once.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dust on 9 Oct 2007
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The first book in this series, Coyote is atrocious for reasons I discussed in its review.

The second book is merely horrendous. Allen Steele has cut down on the science, thankfully. The book is still full of scientific blunders but they occur less frequently. That said, staid and ridiculous economic, political and religious ideas take their place.

Allen Steele would have us believe that in the 23rd, the cyborg supermarxists rulers of America, despatch colonists into space with less planning than 16th century European monarchies. I find that hard to believe. I also find it hard to believe that a colony of a couple of thousand lazy no-gooders (as described in the book) could build a two mile long bridge with stone and wood. Oh, I forgot to mention that the cyborg rulers prefer to send people who live in smelly tents instead of robots and heavy equipment, to colonize a planet. That despite their having a regular ferry service of space ships travelling to and from planets. I guess space, in the future is just like the Atlantic.

The first colonists on the planet are a rabid lot of xenopaths. All one hundred of them believe that the whole planet is theirs, because they were there first. This rather greedy point of view is portrayed as valid by the author.

The characters are still one-dimensional and the writing dull.

This is science fiction written for those who don't read science fiction.

Oh, did I mention the vampiric batman and his cult? I'm not joking about the batman.
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