The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...
Captain R. E. Lee, their leader. Colonel Gill Reese, the soldier sent to stop Lee. Les Gilles, the senior communications officer, a victim of a mistake that will threaten the entire mission. Crewman Eric Gunther, who has his own agenda for being aboard. His daughter, Wendy, a teenager who will grow up too quickly. Jorge and Rita Montero, ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. And their son Carlos, who will become a hero in spite of himself.
After almost two-and-a-half centuries in cold sleep, they will awaken above their destination: a habitable world named Coyote. A planet that will test their strength, their beliefs, and their very humanity...
In Coyote, Allen Steele delivers a grand novel of galactic adventure - a tale of life on the newest of frontiers.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Allen Steele
©2003 Allen Steele; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
I enjoyed this book, despite a few minor quibbles and the dreadful monotone narration. Peter Ganim does passable dialects, but his "narrator" voice is dull in the extreme. There's an alternate female editor midway through who is much, much easier to listen to.
The story is compelling and reasoned, if a bit sparse in the world-building department. While the pacing and plotting were well done, I found myself mildly disappointed by how bland Coyote turned out to be. We get a few trees, maybe four or five animals and ton of...well...grass. There are some setups that may pan out in future installments (which I do intend to listen to,) however, the alien biosphere as described in this book is rather threadbare.
Recommended, albeit with muted expectations relative to the word "epic."
For a fan of this genre, the science, characters and plot are central. This unfortunate book lacks all three. The author's hatred of conservatives and Christians flows through every character and every plot line. His utopian society is based upon theft, kidnapping, negligent homicide and lies. The author intimates that all of this is justified if one simply feels oppressed or has a generalized "spiritual feeling". Theft apparently does not trouble the author as he "lifts" the first half of his plot from Robert Heinlein. Lacking any understanding of relativity is but a small part of the author's shortcomings. His ignorance of science, history, and human natue make this a ponderous and unenjoyable book. The author is welcome to his political myopia; I am just sorry I paid to witness it.
The Narrator speaks in a plodding, pause between each word, way. It was so bad it was difficult to get into the story.
I stopped listening 4 chapters into the story. Why? The awful narration coupled with the start of the story being the "Conservative Fascist" took over the USA, and the Air Force captain and his crew saves the Universe by stealing the only starship after they had replaced the original passengers with the good (oppressed liberals) people.
If you believe Conservatives are Nazis going to take over the USA and don’t mind a 1st grader reading the story to you, buy this audio book.
1. The politics were a little explicit, but believable. Some might be offended by American fascists using dead conservative politicians as icons of fascism, but other fascists have distorted history for their own purposes. 2. However, the author's repeated mis-stating of the time dilation due to relativistic velocity was irritating. He should have had a physicist or physics major read the story. 3. Character actions seemed designed to further the plot, because they were not believable otherwise. I can forgive an occasional lapse where the author has written himself into a corner, but there are too many here.
I found the narrator very hard to listen to. It took me several times of getting started to listen to the story. Allen Steele tells an excellent tale, the book is well written, but the deadpan, over annunciated speaking style made it very difficult to get through.
If you are looking for a book that you just can't stop listening to, this is not the one. The author starts with a silly premise, and compounds this error by mixing his politics with the story. Suspending disbelief, as is normal with fantasy/sci-fi, is really hard to do. Save your money and time for a different series and a different author.Whatever I paid for this book was too much.
I am a retired grandmother of two wee ones. I listen all night long so that I can't hear my husband snort.
I tried listening three timed and each time could not complete. Too dry, too boring
Good (4*s) story for the teenage age group....only 3 for the adult population.
The narration is a bit monotone at times. The politics are overly simplistic: Reviewers seem to think the "liberty" party somehow is punching fun at the libertarian party, but the liberty party in the book is clearly similar to a militaristic communist country.
I like that there are good female characters, albeit adolescent...so are the male ones for that matter.
Although the settlers were fleeing an authoritarian system to build a capitalistic democracy, they clearly wouldn't have survived and done as well as they did without being a socialist democracy - all helping all.
The invading army's politics is clearly overdrawn as well...but I'll review on the next book.
Oh dear, please oh please change the Narrator! It sounds like he's a badly made robot. The cadence is so mechanical, he almost sounds like he's reading stereo instructions.
There is very little science reality used as a base for this story. I am more used to the thoughtful presentations of Ben Bova, Robert Hienlien, and Isac Asimov. I found myself thinking "what...are you kidding me?" about six hours into the first book before I put it down and abandoned the whole series. Very disappointing.
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