Coyote Horizon : Coyote Chronicles

  • by Allen Steele
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • Series: Coyote Chronicles
  • 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Although the hjadd have built an embassy near the original colony, they remain a mystery.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... BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Allen Steele.

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A Disappointing Fourth in the Coyote Series

In this fourth book of the Coyote series, Coyote has become a thriving planet, made possible by the star bridge that allows other worlds to travel to it. Tourism is a big industry and imports give the planet all the products it once didn't have access to. Recurring characters have grown older, but are still present within the book and initially the reader settles in for another good read. Hawk Thompson is introduced early in the book, who is the nephew to former Coyote president Carlos. Both characters are prominent in the book. Hawk receives the gift of a book from a representative of the hjada, an alien race. The contents of the book conflict with previous portrayals of this race (in other Steele stories), but the listener can reasonably allow this. But it is the red flag that signals the book will fall apart. The story becomes an allegory, which is painfully obvious and far beneath Steele's creative writing abilities. Religious, or spiritual leaders lose their personalities in favor of standard stereotypic bland personalities and the story continues to go downhill. Action at the end is drawn out and needed better editing. It is at this point that Carlos commits a big mistake that is so out of character for him that a fan of the Coyote series will find it unbelievable. This mistake costs Coyote a great deal and sets up the ending which is the lead in to Steele's planned fifth book. The ending is a huge disappointment and almost lazy in nature and Steele continues the allegory which just makes the disappointment worse. The book may be better enjoyed if someone has not read the other three books, and it can be read by itself. But if you have read and enjoyed the other three, you will be disheartened by Steele's labors. The book had tremendous promise, but Steele doesn't deliver.
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- Holly Helscher

Story turns into Dianetics remake

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would be too embarrassed to recommend this book to anybody, the story line and concept is totally worthless. The only reason I listened all the way through is because the book starts out with interesting characters and some great story telling, but then sub comes to the worst story line I have listened to lately - plus I paid for it.


What was most disappointing about Allen Steele’s story?

A fatal mix of environmentalism, global warming fears, immigration issues, communism is great, and anti religion is driving the story in this book. I think the only current issue missing in the story line is national healthcare - how was that missed ? This book ends up as a environmentalist - communist manifesto. But hey "tsan tau" or whatever the new region in the book is called is really NOT a religion but more a "philosophy" - as A. Steele assures the readers over and over...


What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

I did enjoy Peter Ganim's performance it made listening easy. To bad the story really sucked - not sure how he was able to read through this - I would have looked for a different job.


Was Coyote Horizon worth the listening time?

No


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- Wolf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios