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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. 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. Life is difficult and Earth rulers are not quite ready to give up control to the rebellious colonists From My Newsletter Number I came across Allen Steele who is a two-time Hugo Award winner several years ago and enjoyed his first book in the Coyote Trilogy called Coyote.

Life is difficult and Earth rulers are not quite ready to give up control to the rebellious colonists. The author creates a whole new world on Coyote and continues the trilogy with two more books called Coyote Rising and Coyote Frontier. Steele thought he was finally through with this saga, but his readers pressed him for more stories and he relented.

In Coyote Horizon the year is and the colony is thriving with more refugees arriving every day. The colonists are still exploring their new world and they learn new things about the aliens that made contact with their leaders. Mar 17, Steve Gigl rated it it was ok. A bit disjointed hard to avoid when a novella or two are jammed together , and featuring shallow, one-dimensional, and straw-man-filled religion, it nonetheless kept me reading throughout, which says something for Steele's craft. Do you ever read a book only for it to be exactly what you expected? Not exactly what it promises, mind you, but to have all your expectations confirmed.

Coyote Horizon , like its predecessors, aptly demonstrates that science fiction books do n Do you ever read a book only for it to be exactly what you expected? There are gyrocopters and some advanced medical technology. Yet Steele contrasts this with a very strong frontier, western feel: rifles, sailing vessels and boats, slums, taxi services by the indigenous equivalent of a donkey or camel.

Very often characters talk about how certain technologies are only available to those with the money to afford it. It might be possible to describe the main plots of the story, but they are all intertwined. Hawk Thompson is on parole for horrific crimes. Alien religions going viral, hmm? New ideas are scary! Or so the Dominionist preacher who opposes Hawk thinks. To be honest, I was disappointed by Cosenza. The difficulty of such thorny politics is right at the heart of the Coyote stories, I think. Even so, they all shared in common that desire to distinguish themselves from Earth.

With the ongoing collapse of the Western Union propelling even more refugees to Coyote, the very identity of the colony is in question. Though Steele only shows us the beginning of the voyage, it is an important symbol for the ongoing colonization of the planet. Several characters are quick to point out that there are less-than-idealistic motives behind such exploration, however.

With more people immigrating to Coyote, the colony needs to expand. There will be fractures, and division, and the planet and society will both suffer for it. So there are a lot of big ideas floating around in this book. For the most part, Steele addresses them in interesting—if not entirely original—ways. We get it. My copy is a mass market paperback from the library: the spine is giving in, the print is so tiny even my young eyes protest … and that feels right. Steele has come up with a solid cast of characters, each with their own prejudices and priorities, and put them in a pressure cooker.

As time runs out, we get to watch what happens. Apr 18, Francis Gahren rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction. Review 1 The planet of Coyote has become the last, best hope of humankind, but it has also become the principal point of contact with the hjadd, the alien race encountered by a European starship many years earlier. And as the colonists make preparations to explore the rest of the new world, ex-convict Hawk Thompson discovers more about the hjadd than anyone has learned before - and his knowledge will change Review 1 The planet of Coyote has become the last, best hope of humankind, but it has also become the principal point of contact with the hjadd, the alien race encountered by a European starship many years earlier.

And as the colonists make preparations to explore the rest of the new world, ex-convict Hawk Thompson discovers more about the hjadd than anyone has learned before - and his knowledge will change human history. Review 2 better Although not part of the Coyote Trilogy, Steel's latest novel returns to Coyote to extend the adventures of the off-Earth colony's characters and their descendants.


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The subtitle of this book is a bit misleading. It's not a novel of interstellar discovery at all, except perhaps in a metaphorical sense. It's a novel of planetary exploration partly and of the coming of age of a civilization. It's far too easy to give away too much when discussing a book and its plot. In this case, brevity shall prevail. Previous Coyote Novels For those not familiar with the previous Coyote novels, there are five. The original trilogy tells the story of the human colonization of another world.

This world is Coyote, which is actually an inhabitable satellite of a large ringed planet orbiting a not too distant star. The environmental and social situation on the home planet is becoming unbearable and the human race needs a backup plan to ensure its survival. It's a familiar theme in science fiction, but a plausible one. Two other works Spindrift and Galaxy Blues are also a part of Coyote universe, but take place mostly in outer space or on the home world of an advanced alien race called the hjadd.

One source of tension among several is that the hjadd primarily deal with the Coyote Federation, to the exclusion of Earth. In Coyote Horizon, it looks like the hjadd are getting set up to play a big role in how things go back on the home planet. Exploring an Unknown World A number of things are happening on Coyote these days, one of which is the decision to mount a circumference of Coyote by boat, on the Great Equatorial River.

Seems like a good idea, especially given the opportunities for adventure and events that such an expedition will inevitably produce. Morgan Goldstein, the richest man on Coyote is footing the bill. But why? The expedition is completed, but without the reader going along for most of the ride, since ex-president Carlos Montero is called off the ship to attend to a major diplomatic problem caused by the rapidly accelerating deterioration of the situation on Earth, and the resulting large influx of immigrants. The expedition is under-treated in this book, but events transpire to encourage a hope that more exploration will be featured in a later Coyote novel.

The Clashing of Religion and Reality Hawk Thompson, guilty of patricide but out on parole, is a lowly customs inspector working the Coyote port of entry. Not for long. It so happens he is related to ex-president Montero, which puts him in a peculiar position on the day that a new hjadd emissary arrives on Coyote to take up residency in the embassy. During a brief but fateful meeting, Hawk receives a gift from the ambassador. The gift eventually transforms Hawk, and by the end of the story, it looks as though it is going to transform Coyote and even Earth itself.

The "gift" is a book of galactic philosophy.

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Although the time of the story is over three hundred years advanced from the present, a fair portion of the human race still clings to ancient religious ideas. Naturally, a revelatory work from a clearly advanced civilization stirs things up. Steele takes the opportunity to set up a religion vs. Some will appreciate it, some might not.

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A rather shocking and unexpected ending sets the stage for the saga to continue in the next installment of what Steele calls "The Coyote Chronicles. Dec 02, John Loyd rated it it was amazing. Coyote is a moon around the planet Bear 47 light years from Earth. The original ship that went to Coyote took fifty some years to get there. A few years later they had a star bridge that cut the travel time to just a couple of weeks. Coyote, Coyote Rising and Coyote Frontier are about the discovery, exploration, colonization and eventual independence.

Spindrift and Galaxy Blues and in the Coyote universe. At some point an alien race, the hjadd, make contact with humanity and build an embassy on Coyote is a moon around the planet Bear 47 light years from Earth. At some point an alien race, the hjadd, make contact with humanity and build an embassy on Coyote.

Coyote Horizon picks up with Coyote having a few towns but with most of the world undeveloped even unexplored. Hawk Thompson is on parole, the inhibitor patch keeping him from violent actions, working as an immigration inspector at the spaceport. Hawk catches a would be terrorist coming through customs and becomes a minor hero.

A bit later a hjadd ambassador comes through customs and gives Hawk a Sa'Tong-tas. A sort of spiritual guide. Hawk now has a purpose with that he breaks parole. Sawyer Lee is a wilderness guide. They find him and a small group on the otherwise uninhabited sub continent of Medsylvania doing things with ball plants and the pseudowasps that they contain. When the meeting is finished he has talked Morgan into funding a new building complex. Hawk and Melissa get jobs on the work crew building the new monastery for the Order.

After several months when the job is almost complete Hawk finally gets to meet with Joe. An Exploratory Expedition or ExEx is commissioned to circumnavigate the equatorial river and do scientific research documenting new species along the way. Sawyer Lee comes along as a guide. After just a couple of weeks former President Carlos Montero is called back to handle negotiations with Earth, where the break down of the WHU means significant changes for Coyote.

The WHU was the one major power that didn't recognize Coyote's independence, but the new government may be open to releasing any claims on Coyote in exchange for relaxing immigration. There, one by one, he teaches people about the Sa'Tong. We follow the chaaz'maha through the rest of the book. Steele alludes to incidents that happened in the Coyote trilogy. Not too many and most you can pick up from context.

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Your understanding of Coyote would be greatly enhanced by reading the prior books, but it's not a necessity. The first half of the book is good, the second half really picks up and is excellent--other than ending with a cliff hanger, so be prepared to read Coyote Destiny. Apr 25, Steve Phillips rated it really liked it. Found in the little library in the cruisers lounge in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida, Coyote Horizon had a surprising effect on me. A lot the book has to do with a philosophical view, almost a religion, that the majority of the intelligent races share.

Humans, of course, are not counted in that group, but an alien hands a human a life changing teaching device that carries within it the basics of that philosophy. I have never been interested in pursuing any established religion or spiritual Found in the little library in the cruisers lounge in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida, Coyote Horizon had a surprising effect on me.

I have never been interested in pursuing any established religion or spiritual or philosophical belief, but I found myself wishing this fictitious "organized philosophy", for lack of a better term, was real and something I could join. It seems rather ridiculous, but just reading about the philosophy helped me look within myself and change some of my views and priorities.

I was at a low point and rather desperate for something, and what I found in Coyote Horizon filled the bill.

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Which is all kind of beside the point for a book review! I enjoyed Coyote Horizon very much. I found the characters compelling, the story interesting, and the world building well done. I hope I will be able to find other books in the series to read. Apr 18, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , yearread. This book was a three-star book until the last 50 pages when everything hit the fan. This is the fourth book set in Steele's Coyote universe and seemed to move slower than the others, up until the end when a major crisis is resolved.

The book is set up in several stand alone sections, rather than a long novel with a single story arc. The setting on Coyote is unique in that it is essentially like a western, with some advanced technology thrown in here and there due to the planet's relationship wi This book was a three-star book until the last 50 pages when everything hit the fan. The setting on Coyote is unique in that it is essentially like a western, with some advanced technology thrown in here and there due to the planet's relationship with a deteriorating earth.

In this book Steele talks heavily about politics,religion, and immigration. Looking forward to the 5th and final Coyote book. May 19, Wesley rated it liked it. It was alright; probably wouldn't have read it if I hadn't read the coyote trilogy. I am reading the sequel and might read the off shoots; I love the whole unexplored world thing but there are some big plot holes and the author decided to create this religion that is called a philosophy and then have every one who opposes it have dumb arguments The religion basically taugh It was alright; probably wouldn't have read it if I hadn't read the coyote trilogy.

The religion basically taught we are all god's and therefore we should treat each other as gods. Though the original arc was essentially complete, the universe created in the trilogy was rich and interesting enough to beg further exploration, and I'm glad he returned to Coyote and its familiarity for this one. The primary arc here is a bit manufactured and perhaps even heavy-handed as it addresses religion, but it's no less compelling for its faults and comprises a variety of perfectly fine arcs with cohesive flow.

More comfort here than innovation, I'm calling it a pretty solid if inessen Though the original arc was essentially complete, the universe created in the trilogy was rich and interesting enough to beg further exploration, and I'm glad he returned to Coyote and its familiarity for this one. More comfort here than innovation, I'm calling it a pretty solid if inessential addition.

Mar 19, Robert rated it really liked it. A very nice read. Not a real book of short stories, but I liked the division into several parts. That gave each point of view or story a better feelings and overall helped the cohesiveness of the book. I think there is potential for many more such novellas or small works in the Coyote Universe. I was very glad the ending was left the way it was. Just the way things happen in real life we don't always know all the answers. Oct 22, Chip rated it really liked it.

Another great book from the Coyote universe. Not a lot of space opera but it has some of the wonderful characters from the first three books and also introduces us to few more.

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Again, it a group of short stories tied together with a common thread or two. Doesn't get really interesting to the second half of the book at which time it really shines. Mar 09, JP rated it it was amazing. The book was great in my opinion, It contains lovable characters, an intriguing plot; especially the "True Religion chapter" which leaves you hanging on reading till you learn more about the mysterious Sa'Tong-Tas, It is true Sci-Fi and not sci- fantasy, You'll love every minute of reading, It may blow your mind when you learn the basics of the Sa'Tong-Tas, and you may convert.

Dec 30, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi. Not quite Heinlein, but a fun quick read that bridges fiction and fate. May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live. Robert A.