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.
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.
I found this book incredibly offensive. The right wing-conservative bashing was unbelievable. Why couldnt this guy write about left wing fascist? We all know that it is the left wing that will not allow free speech. They are the ones who want to run every tiny aspect of your life. I want my money back.
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