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1.0 out of 5 stars More bad science and childishness, 9 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Coyote Rising: The Coyote Series: Book Two (Paperback)
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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