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The Quiet Place [Hardcover]

Richard Maynard
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (3 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285627988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285627987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A group of astronauts spend 60 years in space. When they return, they find that mankind has reverted to primal savagery.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim but entertaining... 17 April 2009
By Me read TOP 500 REVIEWER
I wasn't sure how I'd like this, based on the fact that usually I find older novels dated and stale. I was happy to find that this wasn't the case on this occasion. Granted, the cover looks like an old B-Movie poster with it's colouring and skyline and naked woman, but get beyond that and you'll find an engaging read.

The concept is one that fascinates me - astronaughts travel into space for what is thought to be a short jaunt......due to a malfunction they return home to find that time hasn't elapsed on earth as it has for them in space and centuries have come and gone.....for reasons unknown the population has been all but wiped out and civilisation is no more.

We never really get to a point where we know exactly what has happened to the planet, but that's only because we learn/know things as they are learned/known by the heroes. They never really reach a point of understanding therefore neither do we. The closest they (we) come to knowing is mention of the time known as 'Nowell time' to the few remaining humans, and that's as good as it gets.

That's what makes it gripping though. It's the not knowing. It could be waiting to happen, just around the corner from where we are now. It's a grim, brutal world they have returned to and the skills and knowledge they have don't count for very much in this new world. It was automatic to put myself in their position and wonder how I would cope, or if I COULD cope. There are no clues to what happened, there is no-one alive that remembers the period from which the heroes came, time has ravaged almost everything that could help with finding answers and it's like an itch that can't be scratched. So they resign themselves to starting again. With nothing. They quickly learn that it's not going to be an easy ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but compelling and disturbing 1 Jun 2001
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
This fellow has a tin ear for dialogue and, as another reviewer here has said, the plot device put forward as the explanation for the fall of civilization is contrived and weak. But those are my only complaints. This is a bleak and brutal drama in which what IS plausible is far more memorable than what isn't. Indeed, the protagonists themselves remain existentially uncertain as to what has happened, so the contrivance mentioned is forgiveable. The title is a strangely accurate description of a very savage world, and it is the sinking into oblivion of our heroes, like a stone thrown in the sea and leaving barely a ripple, that is the most melancholy yet believable element. Worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic astronaut antics 8 May 2013
A group of astronauts undertake a space voyage expecting to arrive home in a few years. Due to unexpected effects involving time dilation, several hundred years have passed by the time they return, and the Earth has reverted to a second Stone Age. This reminded me a bit of the original 'Planet of the Apes' film without the simians. I can't really say much about what happens for the rest of the book, but they attempt to adjust to life in this new society while speculating about what happened.

In a sense this is a fairly typical journey-through-a-post-apocalyptic-landscape story, but the twist of having a group of characters that are aware of what's happening, and another group that has no idea, makes it interesting. The characters are well described and the style of the writing is enjoyable. The ending is slightly frustrating, following a couple of odd events, but at least there is a conclusion and a more-or-less complete answer to what happened to civilisation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space returnees find disaster 19 Mar 2013
A spaceship returns from a scientific mission to find 400 years have past and that a terrible disaster has happened.

It's tricky to write a review of this book without spoilers so don't read further if you don't want to know more.

The style is good, it's very readable, the characters are interesting and clearly defined. Lots of exciting things happen and there is plenty of murder and mayhem. As Europe has regressed to hunter gatherer level, pre-horse and dog taming and pre bow culture the spacemen try to survive and introduce innovation and use their skills to survive and make their niche. Many of the local tribes are savage and the spacemen lose a fair number of people pretty fast. All through the book I was waiting for these eminent scientists and in one case blacksmith skilled guys to settle down, make a waterwheel and mill and move things up by several hundred or thousand years, but they are much more laid back than that and their major innovations are small and by the end hardly any are even used any more, but their arrival has improved the lot of the tribe and made them powerful.

One of the decisions in the book that was made that caused a disaster was ludicrous and hard for me to understand why it had been made, that action had a number of long reaching consequences that lead to the main character sulking for the next god knows how many years and basically doing nothing and things regressed.

Not every book can be like a Connecticut Yankee with its rapid innovation but I found this book a little disappointing despite having enjoyed it, they could have done so much more. If you like space time stories, tribal warfare, food gathering, cattle and women stealing and following the group as they wander around post apocalyptic tribal France and England then this is for you.
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