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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (16 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907519149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907519147
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
To be honest, after Engineman I was sort of expecting something pretty special with this, the latest title by Eric Brown, but alas I was left wondering if I was reading the same author. The story was pretty hodgepodge, the character plain and unremarkable and to be honest predictable which made it as dull as dish water. Overall I really was put off this author quite a bit with this offering but considering the reputation that he's carefully built over a few years I was surprised that this actually made it to print. Personally I'd have been happier had they left this one out or allowed a lot more time for the author to correct the many glaring errors within.

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.
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Ever since stumbling upon Eric Brown's The Fall of Tartarus, I was wowed by his humanistic writing and ability to draw the reader into the characters' lives. It was a very engaging read, as was his other novel that I've read, Engineman. Again, powerful humanistic writing with a liberal dashing of technology and futurism. In Guardians, the reader isn't met with technological wonders, rather the world is besought by advancing desertification, extreme temperatures and a shortage of water, sustenance and habitation.

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.
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Once again-what can I say? this is a really engrossing story which grabbed me from the start-and as usual, Eric Brown's skillful writing has made me feel like I am part of this big adventure-you can practically feel the heat from the sun through the pages as you travel along with our intrepid heroes-I adore this and have read it several times. Maybe many would say 'blimey-you need to get a life' but I have one! Journeying through space and time (and sand-filled wastelands) with Mr Brown. Suits me fine.
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I should start to state I am a fan of Eric Brown. The Guardians of the Phoinix is his latest work and I was very excited when I started to read this post apocalyptic coming of age slash road movie story.

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.
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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 emphasis on bad language and graphic detail that I found absent in his previous novels I had read, it seems that Eric Brown cannot write rubbish.

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!
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