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The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change | [S. M. Stirling]

The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change

Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie.
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Publisher's Summary

Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society.

In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie. Their leadership has saved countless lives.

But not every leader has altruistic aspirations. Norman Arminger, medieval scholar, rules the Protectorate. He has enslaved civilians, built an army, and spread his forces from Portland through most of western Washington State. Now he wants the Willamette Valley farmland, and he's willing to wage war to conquer it.

Unknown to both factions, however, is the imminent arrival of a ship from Tasmania bearing British soldiers.

©2005 S. M. Sterling; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Stirling's blending of fiction and history produces a strange, hybrid civilization, in which the confrontation between warlord and mystic is viscerally satisfying." (Booklist)
"Readers who relish a battle between the forces of light and darkness...are in for a rousing good time." (Science Fiction Weekly)

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    JasonK 10-11-09
    JasonK 10-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Not bad, but not great"

    If you liked the first book in the series then you will most likely enjoy this second book. If you felt it was so-so then perhaps you might want to skip this series and move to something else; I found it took some determination to get through parts of this book.

    One of my pet peeves in any story is repetion of descriptive words, especially when there is a large supply of other words or phrases that could be used. In the first book it seemed every arrow fired and swipe of a sword resulted in "cloven air" or "this cum that" (bookstore cum coffee shop etc.) to explain dual purpose places or things. Thankfully he used a few different ways to describe things here and there.

    A great deal of story time has passed between the first book and this one and I wondered if I had picked the third book and not the second, but this is indeed the second. The gap made me wonder what had happened in the story years between. It is as if this book is just a highlight worth noting in the lives of the characters. It isn't a bad thing because listening to day to day and uneventful routines would be quite dull.

    At a few points in the story it was hard to determine where or when events were taking place; there was a lengthy flashback (yes flashbacks can be tricky I know) that left me wondering what I had missed is just one example.

    The narrator is apparently quite accomplished and that fact leaves me wondering why he tends to repeatedly mispronounce words or if the author has spelled the words this way in the text (teeth bared in great effort pronounced as barred). Either way it the same as fingernails on a chalkbaord. Nobody is perfect of course, that aside, he does a good job with character accents and sound effects (woosh, screech, and so on).

    The story is interesting enough to keep me listening, at least through the next book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle San Francisco, CA USA 05-02-13
    K Cornwinkle San Francisco, CA USA 05-02-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about Yusef. Uh...he was a great horn player?

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    "The Emberverse trilogy gets progressivley worse."

    Dies the Fire was interesting and the clichés were newish then but by the time I've heard them this many times and there've been this many coincidences, this much incredible luck, and so many implausibilies beyond the fundamental Alien Space Bat implausibility of the disappearance of explosives/guns, internal combustion and electricity, I'm just plum tired of it. BTW, I'm surprised there isn't more use of hydraulic technology.
    I like Todd McLaren's voice and his acting is good but some accents are off -don't try if you can't do them- and every ~20 pages or so there is a jarring mispronunciation. The persistent corzman/corzmen for corpsman for example is particularly grating. Okay, Obama said it this way once but multiple times in multiple books?
    I think if I had known how marginal this was, I would not have gone beyond Dies the Fire but now I'm committed and my Virgo nature prohibits simply Googling the plot to find out what happens.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-25-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 09-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not As Good As The First, But A Good Read"

    If you've read my review for Stirling's first novel in the series, "Dies The Fire," you know I enjoyed it immensely, and rated it highly. Actually, I've read much of the series, and am continuing to enjoy the experience.

    That being said...

    This is the biggest challenge to get to those great reads - Get through this second book in the series. It's slower, a bit less action, and a LOT of explaining and establishing "future history," as well as religious changes and beliefs. Whew, a bit challenging, to say the very least. Still, a good (and necessary) read, if you want to get to the better work in the series.

    Now, you may read the other reviews regarding this audiobook, and they're not exactly loaded with high praise for its slower speed and detailed lore. That being said, realize that the author is setting up quite a universe for what's coming. Look at the Dune series of books, and the extreme amount of establishment that occurred. MUCH more than this work, but it paid off.

    It will do so here, as well.

    So, if you like a good audiobook series as much as I do, and know that there will be a book or two that sacrifice "edge of your seat" listening/reading so that subsequent works in the series can soar, dive in and get lost in the lore of what's coming.

    You'll need it for the excellent listening that's on the way!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 06-20-13
    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Ugh.."

    One of the very few books I could not finish. The very unrealistic characters ( yes I know this is fiction) and very annoying characters ruined this book. The Narrator does a very nice job and makes you want to keep going on this unpleasant ride. The overall story is entertaining and had me thinking about the book even when not active listening to it. What ruined this book was the Characters like The lady Juniper. So very irritating and nauseating was this character that I took my headphone off and started a new Book. A Wiccan folk singer who speaks in a fake Irish accent is bad enough, but just her constant merry met and goddess this ugh. Any other character with that much religious enthusiasm would be looked at as a Zealot wacko and not some Heroine goddess. I would have liked to see how it all ended up but I doubt anybody who needed to die would die. It seems S.M. Stirling uses the Star Trek Red shirt method of killing characters. This is not Lovecraft but be warned read at the risk of your own Sanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 07-28-14
    James United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2011

    jimmyg1968

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    "Keep growing stronger"

    This series is slow for me. I prefer more action and suspense to keep me interested in the story. However, there is something that tugs at me to keep listening. To see what the group will encounter next in their life trials and how it will make them grow stronger as a clan. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ontario, Canada 07-16-13
    Roger Ontario, Canada 07-16-13 Member Since 2010

    If you always have a book with you...

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    "Not bad ..."

    This was a good book. If you read and enjoyed the first book, you will probably like this one. Several years have passed from the first book to this one but the story continues on nicely. Unfortunately, the author does repeat quite a bit from the first book, reminding the reader who everyone is and the like. The performance is just as good as the first book. I am looking forward to the third book in the series. This book was worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Heidelberg Heights, Australia 08-28-12
    Danny Heidelberg Heights, Australia 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ruined by Juniper McKenzie"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The first book was good, and the basic premise has potential (though the transition seems a bit fast). But for the love of god, reading the chapters about Juniper McKenzie is like having your teeth drawn!! I could finish the book, and wont be looking as the others in the series.


    What was most disappointing about S. M. Stirling’s story?

    The endless, endless jibber about Juniper McKenzie and her god this, god that. Also not quite sure I buy the premise that people of America, the land of the litigation, would so easily adopt fudalism and my lady this, my lord that...


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    The performance was sound across the board, so I guess my favourite characters were the bear killers.


    Was The Protector's War worth the listening time?

    No, couldn't finish it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Kissimmee FL 11-16-11
    Brian Kissimmee FL 11-16-11
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    "I just couldn't do it"

    I tried. I really did to listen to this one but it just drug on and on with the god of this and the god of that being prayed to. Basically the character Juniper McKenzie ruined this one for me. I really wish SM Stirling had not put so much emphasis on this character and her role in this new world. If I could just edit her out I would give this one four stars. So no, I couldn't finish this one. As much as I tried and wanted to I just couldn't do it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven OPELIKA, AL, United States 10-27-11
    Steven OPELIKA, AL, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen, I strongly recommend this one..."

    Protectors war is the second in the series by S. M. Stirling and it continues the great story that Dies the Fire began. 5 stars to Performance, and 4 to story, simply because it is a little different then what I usually read and I found a few parts to be a little strange. But 5 overall stars because it is a great book that I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    antoine hicks New Jersey 09-25-11
    antoine hicks New Jersey 09-25-11

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    "A masterful weave of old and new"

    This is the second of the change novels I have read and I must say I am hooked. I'm really taken by the way the author weaves in all aspects of life in this rebuilding world from sociology and religion to politics and technology (or lack thereof). All of these things bring pressures that have an effect on the progression of the plot. I like how characters that were adults before the change have different perspectives and attitudes than those that were very young or not born until after and how people adjusted and value different things based on the priorities of the times and of the setting. I gave it a four overall mostly because I was a bigger fan of "Dies by fire", and I think this work falls short of that one, but that could be because this book is further along in the timeline and lacks the raw struggle for survival that seemed to be everywhere in the last installment.

    The narration is excellent as well and I'll be looking for more work done by Mr. McLaren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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