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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dr. Cicero Books (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615822266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615822266
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Wilson is a classic motorcycle and car journalist, as well as the author of 19 books. The last one, Short Way Up, concerned a 5,000-mile solo ride he took on a 55-year-old British bike in Southern Africa. The Lost Traveller was the first of his five novels, and an acknowledged classic.

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Having thoroughly enjoyed this hugely entertaining sci-fi epic as a teenager - I'd happened upon it high up in my parents' bookshelves and, owing to it's intentionally difficult-to-reach location and it's striking cover (a leather-clad biker with crossbow, surrounded by flames) decided it was a book I must read - I was thrilled to see that this new Dr Cicero edition had been published. The attention-grabbing cover has changed, for the better; classier, more subtle, and altogether a more accurate representation of the story, and indeed the quality of writing, contained within it. The new typeface is impressive and easy on the eyes - which ain't as useful as they used to be! There's also an excellent interview with Wilson himself, which gives us a great insight into his inspirations, his research, and his own life experiences, and confirms that he really does know of what he writes.
But most importantly it was wonderful to revisit this vivid post-apocalyptic world, to spend some more time with Long Range and his posse, and to find that the novel has really stood the test of time. Everything I'd enjoyed about it as a teenager I still enjoyed - the setting, the characters, the action, the wonderful mix of sci-fi and western, etc. But reading it now I found an added depth - a mysticism and lyricism which was perhaps lost on me before.
Welcome back Long Range.
And thanks, Steve Wilson, for this awesome epic.
When are they gonna make the movie?
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This book is a cracking read. Once you get into it, it is a real page turner, and an excellent book to take on holiday with you. It takes your mind out of its day to day rut, into a world of sci-fi and Hell’s Angels that is so full of imagination and adventure that you won’t want to put it down.
Steve Wilson is a very talented wordsmith, and develops the scenarios, and paints the characters so skilfully that you really feel you are there with them. There aren’t many books about the Hell’s Angels, and certainly none better than this, but as you can imagine when Steve turns his attention to the cult activities some of it is not for the faint hearted! It is so well researched that you feel sure that Steve must have been immersed in it himself; he certainly seems to know what he is talking about.
A quarter million readers can’t be wrong. There is a very good reason why this book has been republished after a gap of 35 years. Once you have read it, you will be looking out for Steve Wilson’s name again.
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I wouldn't call this science fiction as other readers have. But it is a fantasy of a kind. 200 years hence, as a desperate world emerges painfully from from an annihilating global disaster, the Hell's Angels are found valuable in helping to carve out some sort of order in a hostile and competitive environment. This is a raw narrative which carries you at an accelerating pace to its final conclusion - and all set against the vastness of America. Despite 'Hell Angels' being a contradiction in terms, there is something compelling, heroic and even attractive about the way Steve Wilson portrays them. The Angels, in all their wild, brutal and demonic lives of excess, have their own particular codes of honour and decency - and unexpectedly sensitive vistas open up in this cracking read. Once you're past the prologues don't expect to put the book down easily - I couldn't!
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If you recall the energy and dynamism of road movies in the Seventies, then Steve Wilson's The Lost Traveller will bring it all back. The Sixties didn't end in 1970: apocalyptic nightmares,love, hope, music, speed...and a lot else ran on. It's The Man in the High Castle, Easy Rider, perhaps a touch of Castaneda. An intoxicating read: strongly recommended.
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I read The Lost Traveller when it was first published in 1976. As a science fiction fan I was impressed with the scope of the fantasy and enthralled with the action and tension throughout the tale.
So impressed with this young author's debut I have sought out and enjoyed his subsequent stories all have which have proved to be equally thrilling and engrossing.
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Before Mad Max there was The Lost Traveller. This hugely entertaining post apocalyptic, Hells Angels, Sci-Fi Western invented a new genre. Reading like an episode of Sons Of Anarchy, set against the blasted wastelands of a post nuclear war America, this classic book hasn't lost it's punch.
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