Coyote Destiny (Coyote Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Before turning to science fiction, he worked as a staff writer for newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. His previous novels include "Orbital Decay; Lunar Descent; Clarke County, Space; Labyrinth of Night; Jericho Iteration; The Tranquility Alternative; Oceanspace, " and "Chronospace" (all available from Ace). He is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award in the novella category. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Whately, Massachusetts.
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There was a trilogy of works telling the story of the colonisation of the planet and what happened next, plus a couple of books set in the same future history that didn't actually take place solely on the planet. And then he returned to Coyote with Coyote Horizon: A Novel of Interstellar Discovery (Coyote Trilogy), which picked up the story of the planet once again, and told about the rise of a new religious leader there.
That book ended with the leader having seemingly been killed in an explosion that destroyed a starship and the starbridge that links Coyote to Earth. The latter being in a bad way and a place that people have been leaving in droves in order to get to Coyote.
This novel picks up the story right from where that one ended. Basically they are one long book split into two, and although there is a prologue with enough exposition to fill in what happened before, you are better off starting with the previous book.
If you've read that, read on.
This one has the prologue, then two long parts. Those are divided into four shorter sections of varying lengths, and each of those have plenty of breaks in the middle thus acting as chapter dividers.
The first part picks the story up a few years after the destruction of starbridge, and centres on Jorge. A member of a group of explorers who is suffering unrequited love for a new lady recruit. The latter hasn't told him everything about her upbringing, though.Read more ›
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Almost two decades (Earth years, not Coyote years) have elapsed since the end of Coyote Horizon. Coyote has been out of contact with Earth for all that time. Before that, refugees from an Earth that was suffering political and environmental collapse were flooding into Coyote.
Coyote, in the meantime, has prospered, and resumed trade with the alien worlds revealed in previous books. There are now only a few people alive who came on the first starship. Gleaming cities built with the help of alien technology are arising from the villages of the early settlers.
A prelude takes up where Coyote Horizon left off. An explosion aboard the Coyote Confederation starship Robert E. Lee destroys the ship and the stargate that it is in the act of passing through. But a lifeboat carrying Hawk Thompson, who is the human spiritual leader of a philosophy embraced by most of the alien worlds. Hawk received a gift from an alien emissary of these teachings, the Sa'Tong-tas and was transformed spiritually. Further mental transformation came later, which gave him extraordinary powers, but those powers are not part of the Sa'Tong-tas. Hawk was going to Earth to help Coyote's former president deal with the refugee problem.
The main story opens with the two members of an expedition to Coyote's northern extremes being recalled to the capital. It seems that a stolen starship has finally come from Earth, revealing that Hawk Thompson has been instrumental in recalling to earth people from the colonies in the solar system. The pilot of the starship is the same person who picked up Thompson from the lifeboat earlier. He is vehement in his accusations against Thompson.
Because of Thompson's importance to Coyote, an expedition to Earth is set up. But first permission from the confederation of aliens who ultimately control passage through the star gates is needed. They had closed off Earth because they felt people there were too violent.
Then they have to get to Earth and find Thompson. Oh, and their guide is hostile to the idea.
And on Coyote, the hunt is belatedly on for the maker of the bomb that destroyed the Robert E. Lee.
While other readers should decide for themselves as to whether this book follows up on Coyote Horizon, I think that it does. It is not what I expected to read, but that did not matter in the end. The previous book introduced the philosophy of the Sa'Tong-tas, and this book shows what could happen with the passage of time.
All in all a good read. For those who thought that Coyote Horizon spent too much time on the philosophy, there is a lot more action in this book. I think there will be some people who will feel that the later events are a little rushed, but it seems to me that the pace is appropriate.
Captain Sergio Vargas transports thirty-four earthlings to Coyote. However, as they are about to cross the star traversing gateway from Starbridge Earth, an explosion occurs on the receiving side. Apparently the Robert E. Lee had exploded with communication down except for an SOS from a lifeboat. Vargas calmly switches mission to rescue the survivor and hopefully more from the Robert E. Lee disaster, but only finds one person; a monk amidst the ruins of Boston claiming he is God.
The second half of the latest Coyote interstellar outer space colonization is a superb finish to Coyote Horizon. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non stop action as Vargas believes the cause of the calamity is a member of his crew. Fans of the Coyote saga already know Allen Steele consistently provides thought provoking tales of interstellar exploration while newcomers need to read at least the first half of this duology Coyote Horizon to understand what led to the escapades in Coyote Destiny.
Since reading the first Coyote books I looked up at the sky everyday as if for the first time and took in the wonder of it all. But by the end, I lost the majesty of imagination and felt like everything ended up back in some daytime soap opera. Think "Do Over" and end on a high note if another series is attempted!
In the previous volume, Hawk learns that Cosenza has brought a bomb aboard the Lee. Carlos takes Hawke to Commodore Tereshkova and convinces her that there really is a bomb in the cargo bay. Carlos sits next to the bomber and tries to take the detonator away from Cosenza.
In this novel, Jorge Montero II is a Lieutenant in the Coyote Federation Corps of Exploration. His father is Jonathan Parson, Corps chief of staff.
Sawyer Lee is Commanding General of the Corps. He was an old friend of Carlos and has known Jorge since his childhood.
Inez Torres is a Corporal in the Corps. She is using a fake name.
Hawk Thompson is the chaaz'maha, head of the Sa'Tong on Coyote.
Melissa Sanchez is a member of the Order of the Eye and common-law wife of Hawk. She is also the mother of Inez.
Sergio Vargas is the captain of the Legend of Simon Bolivar, a freighter that has made several voyages to and from Coyote.
In this story, Vargas is waiting for clearance at Starbridge Earth for passage to Coyote. The ship is carrying thirty-four refugees crammed into a passenger module. The starbridge had flashed less than a minute before, but the ring had abruptly collapsed.
Starbridge control doesn't know what happened. After a few minutes, they get back to the Bolivar with a request. Apparently a lifeboat has transitioned through the starbridge and they want the Bolivar to check it for passengers.
Once the lifeboat is within the cargo bay, Vargas enters the craft and finds only one passenger. The man mentions a bomb in his ship. The sole survivor of the Robert E. Lee has reached the home system.
At 47 Ursae Majoris, the Talus aliens help the Federation to rebuild their starbridge. It is now twice the size of the original version. It is used for voyages to Talus worlds, but the aliens insist that no one return to the Terran home system.
Nineteen Terran years later, Inez is serving in Jorge's unit. He loves Inez, but conceals his feelings since she is his subordinate. The two of them are observing a polar cow and her family on the southern coast of Algonquin when they receive a message to return to base.
Jorge has an eyes-only message. It orders Corporal Torres to prepare for immediate departure. It also tell Jorge to do the same.
The CoE airship Dana Monroe soon reaches the base. The ship is carrying two passengers, General Lee and Melissa. Inez hugs her mother.
Sawyer tells Inez that they have had news of her father. Apparently the chaaz'maha is still alive on Earth. Melissa tells Sawyer to explain it all to Jorge and takes Inez to their cabin for a private talk.
Sawyer explains to Jorge who Inez really is. He also points out she is Jorge's second cousin. Later Jorge learns that she is an empath.
The airship takes them back to Liberty. They are ordered to wear civilian clothes and to stay in a special facility. Finally, they meet with the President.
In the meeting, Jorge and Inez are introduced to Vargas, who has flown an ancient vessel to Coyote through the KX-1 starbridge. He says that the chaaz'maha is converting much of Earth to Sa'Tong. The President is sending Jorge and Inez to Earth to recover her father.
This tale takes Jorge and Inez to Rho Coronae to get permission from the Talus to travel to Earth. After intervention by the chaaz'braan, they are allowed to transit to the Terran system. There they find many surprises.
This is the last volume in this duology. Other related volumes are available, including Spindrift and Galaxy Blues. Another spinoff work -- Hex -- will be coming soon. Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Steele fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of interplanetary adventure, alien civilizations, and determined humans.
-Arthur W. Jordin
as narrative depends upon familiarity with the established characters and previous stories. It is
adequate for those already introduced to the Coyote universe. Although, the previous novels dealt
with the pioneer settling of the planet against environmental and political odds, this one looks back
to Mother Earth and the consequences of Coyote's successful colonizastion and eveolving civilzation.
As one reader who is interested in the continuing saga, I had to plunge in. The series as a whole is
very satisfying to fans of galactic pioneering stories. It is the kind of narrative that Robert Heinlein
used to produce during "the Golden Age" of science fiction.