Guardians of the Phoenix Paperback – 16 Dec 2010
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About the Author
""Eric Brown is the award-winning author of a huge number of SF novels, such as "Helix, Necropath,"
The New York Trilogy and "The Fall of Tartarus," as well as many children's books, radio plays articles and reviews." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
If you want to try Eric go for Engineman or perhaps wait for his next offering, the whisper in the wind is that Kings of Eternity is perhaps his best work to date. We'll have to wait and see but I'm prepared to forgive this title if he provides something exceptional on his next outing.
The year 2011: economic collapse
The year 2060: environmental and social collapse
The year 2120: cannibalism
Young Paul of Paris (one of only two inhabitants to remain from the failed colony) survives on lizard stew and water from an old pump station. When he spies a young woman running through the streets, he is instantly weary of the bandits who follow. Tracking their location, Paul later sees the girl missing and a torso being roasted upon the fire, bellies being stuffed. Paul's suspicions were correct; these are heartless cannibals. When the posse discuss a secret underground cache of goods in Paris, Paul attempts to snatch the plans but is captured. Another colony from Copenhagen descend upon Paris to find and bring justice to the kidnapper Hans, one of the posse. They save Paul from certain death... and there begins our story.
The explorers from Copenhagen are on a trek to the northern Spanish coast to drill for water in the dried-up ocean bed. At the same time, Hans meets up with his former colony in Aubenas, France.Read more ›
Paul the young protagonist is living alone with an old lady in the ruins of Paris when we meet him the first time. He gets captured by cannibals and is rescued by another group searching for a means of survival. Both groups are looking for a rumored cache of food and survival gear in the town.
The story has a bit of simplicity to it and the characters are less developed than in Eric's Bengali Station Trilogy but on the other hand I felt that emphasized the survivalist feel of the book. The humanity that survived in this desert of a world where the seas has dried up and humanity is on the brink of extinction might not be so three dimensional. But there is a core of optimism in all the gloom as indicated by the title.
The Big Breakdown is never explained in detail but its aftermath involved nuclear and biological attacks. The seas have dried up and deserts cover most of earth's surfaces that much we know. Small colonies of humans survive across Europe. It feels foreboding to read about those small, small enclaves making meager living where millions of people live today.
The group Paul joins with is on the track of a way to save the peoples in the colony they left behind in Copenhagen. And they have more than the rumored cache. Unfortunately for them so has the surviving cannibals and the story continues with a race to reach salvation first. But salvation is never as easy as it seems.
The book made me uncomfortable at times especially when he presented characters that were forced to cannibalism to survive as relatively sympathetic individuals.Read more ›
This novel may be a little slow in getting going (compared to the previous two novels I have read - 'Helix' and 'Engineman' - see my reviews for those titles) but get to chapter six, and it gets really exciting as Paul gets captured and the pace of subsequent events increases.
What I love about Mr. Brown, is that he always includes some kind of 'special' relationship in with some of his characters - an aspect often lacking or neglected in this particular genre by other writers. Here it is the relationship between Paul and Elise - an elderly woman who sort of 'brings him up'.
This story is set in the future of course, but unlike the two previous books I have read by Eric, this is not set on another planet - but a future world on earth where most countries have become desert-like.
There's lots of excitement with the same standard one has come to expect from this exceptional writer - and the tempo of this excitement is increased dramatically towards the last hundred or so pages.
Highly recommended to all Sci-Fi readers!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book I have read by this great Sci-Fi writer. I don't normally follow any particular authors, and while at first I was disappointed to notice a distinct... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2012 by FAMOUS NAME
Not one to read while you are eating! Has some very dark scenes but the atmosphere was good and the characters were all believable enough. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2011 by Fiona
I've previously read Eric's shorter work but never a novel so I took a chance on Guardians and was well rewarded. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2011 by Tim C. Taylor