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.
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.
This is my first experience of Allen Steele’s Coyote series. First impression is that of a number of short stories hung together on the theme of exploring Coyote. Not really my favourite way of storytelling but it works reasonably well. The ‘interstellar exploration’ theme has attracted some of the very best SF authors and, personally, I would not put this in the top rank. Notwithstanding, it is by no means a bad ‘read’. I think my major concern was the narration. It seemed dirgelike on occasion and I found myself almost egging on the narrator at certain points. After ‘The Lost Fleet’ and 'Honor Harrington' narrations it really did seem uninteresting. Things picked up when ‘Wendy’s Tale’ came along – in this case the narrator gave a much better feel of the heroine’s experience and feeling. Overall, as I got it at a very good price, it was well worth the effort but I am not sure that I will venture into the later books.
I gave this 1 star because negative or 0 is not possible. I have to agree with Richard D. This is Conservative bashing at its worst. If the tables were turned with Kennedy Camps, I still wouldn't like it. Writing about political issues is fine, but how you go about it is another. Nazifying one party and having them embrace the old traits of the South is terrible.
The narrator put me to sleep after I had a Red Bull. This guy along with another make me wish I could block books with certain narrators. I have passed on books I was very interested in based on this.
If you vehemently hate Conservatives and you need fuel for your fire, listen to this. If you have a shred of balance, avoid it. There are plenty of places to get your dose of political angst from that are far better than this.
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