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A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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In the tenth year of The Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. But a confrontation between the forces of those who would rebuild the world peacefully and the feared Protector, who will use whatever means at his command to extend his power, threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare.


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A Meeting at Corvallis (Emberverse Series #3)

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Overview

In the tenth year of The Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. But a confrontation between the forces of those who would rebuild the world peacefully and the feared Protector, who will use whatever means at his command to extend his power, threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare.


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A Meeting at Corvallis is the final installment of S. M. Stirling's riveting alternate history trilogy that began with Dies the Fire and The Protector's War. The story is set in the world that the island of Nantucket left behind in 1998's cult classic Island in the Sea of Time, an Earth devastated by a mysterious storm that caused modern technologies of all kinds -- electricity, telephones, combustion engines, etc. -- to simply stop working.

It's been ten years since "the Change," and while the majority of the population is dead or dying, there are pockets of humanity that have adapted to their primitive world and begun to create new societies from the ashes of the old. In America's Northwest, three very different groups have managed to thrive. Former Marine Michael Havel and his Bearkillers have created a successful military-inspired culture. Folk musician and Wiccan priestess Juniper Mackenzie has established a peaceable pagan clan based on ethics, ritual, and hard work. But former history professor Norman Arminger (a.k.a. the Lord Protector) has dreams of building a sprawling neo-feudal empire, and nothing -- and no one -- will stand in his way…

Fans of high-end alternate history sagas like Robert Silverberg's Roma Eterna and Eric Flint and David Drake's Belisarius sequence should definitely check out this wildly thought-provoking Stirling trilogy, which features elements of postapocalyptic thriller, military-powered fiction, and sociological speculation. How much does technology define who we are? What really is the basis of our civilization? Readers may or may not agree with Stirling's vision, but one thing is guaranteed: hours and hours of lively discussion afterward. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Stirling concludes his alternative history trilogy that began with Dies the Fire (2004) in high style. Some U.S. survivors of "the Change" that destroyed all modern technology just want to enjoy balanced, wholesome lives in tune with nature, such as former Marine Mike Havel's Bearkillers, who warily defend their territory in cooperation with peace-loving neighbors, especially Juniper MacKenzie's pagan clansfolk. Not far away, however, ex-history professor Norman Arminger is building a fascistic, neofeudal empire with himself as Lord Protector. The inevitable conflict builds, through layers of scheming and skirmishing, into full-scale war. Characters are cut from good quality cardboard, but the real interest lies in watching the different cultures exploring ways to solve problems. The story begins slowly, with detailed descriptions of scenery and armor. But readers will discover that the massive thing is moving after all and realize how much it resembles one of the cavalry charges the novel describes-gorgeous, stirring and gathering such earth-pounding momentum that it's difficult to resist. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A decade after the Change destroyed technology and sent human civilization reeling back into the Dark Ages, several independent realms have arisen. Corvallis maintains a university and prospers from its riverboat and horse-drawn railroad trade; Michael Havel and his Bearkillers preserve peace and order near what was Salem, OR; and the old religion's High Priestess, Juniper MacKenzie, governs the clan that bears her name. Only the medieval-style Lord Protector Norman Arminger, with his army of knights and his dreams of expanding his hold over the entire Pacific region, offers a challenge to the peaceful coexistence of multiple communities. Stirling's third volume in his alternate history trilogy (The Protector's War; Dies the Fire) provides a fascinating glimpse into a future transformed by the lack of easy solutions to both human and technological dilemmas. For libraries of all sizes. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Comes up to Stirling's highest standards for pacing, world building, action, and strong characterizations, particularly of women." —-Booklist Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101212769
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Emberverse Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 40,002
  • File size: 981 KB

Meet the Author

S.M. Stirling

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    exciting science fiction thriller

    Ten years ago the ¿Change¿ destroyed technology leaving a shocked population behind to adjust or die. Some survivors want to live their live their lives in peaceful harmony with nature, but know others will remain aggressive taking whatever they want through force. --- Former U.S. Marine Mike Havel leads the Bearkillers, neighbors working together to protect one another from invaders. At the same time that Mike¿s Bearkillers form an alliance with Juniper MacKenzie's pagan clan, ex-history professor Norman Arminger declares himself the Lord Protector of the northwest while establishing a neo-fascist feudalistic empire. The two cultures select different paths that lead initially to a cold war rivalry as two philosophies clash. However, the hostilities turn into armed combat with the winner goes the spoils (and the future history books). --- The Third Change tale takes the previous recent alternative history tales (see THE PROTECTOR¿S WAR and DIES THE FIRE) into the near future in an exciting and fitting end to this science fiction thriller trilogy. The action never slows down as the Bearkillers and their allies clash with the Lord Protector and his minion of followers. Though fun, readers should peruse the previous novels to obtain the full flavor of how society got to where it is in 2007. Though much of the key cast members seem two dimensional this is a rousing finale to a strong trilogy. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Action packed

    Full of thrilling battles between the Portland Protective Association and the conglomorate of Bearkillers and Mckenzies among others. Classic Good vs. Evil plotline with romance and frienships abound. Very good charavter develpment as well. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2009

    the whole concept of this series is amazing

    I expected a little more action in this book... Over all though it really fit in with the rest of the series, answered some questions and the continuity is really wonderful! I honestly have not been able to put one of these books down until I finish them.. can't wait to see what happens next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

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    DYNAMITE

    The second book of the series, ¿The Protector¿s War¿, wasn¿t about the war at all, but only the events leading up to it. It moved the series along but was a bit slower paced than the first book of the series, ¿Dies the Fire¿. This book is as good as the first. It is all about the Protector¿s War with the Bearkillers, Clan Mackenzie, the Mount Angel Monastery and sundry allies on one side and Lord Protector Norman Arminger¿s Portland Protective Association forces on the other side. <BR/><BR/>We are introduced to other characters that become important to the story. The English contingent of the Lorings and John Hordle are firmly established. Arminger¿s consort, Lady Sandra, proves to be more cunning and calculating than he is. The formidable Tiphaine Rutherton claims to be evil like Lady Sandra but often does the right thing even if it also the practical thing to do. We also see the development and linkage of the Portland Protective Association heir, Lady Mathilda and the Clan Mackenzie heir, Rudi. <BR/><BR/>Two different concepts of government are opposed reminiscent of the battle between capitalism and communism. The governments and practices of the Bearkillers, Clan Mackenzie, the Mount Angel Monastery and Corvallis University do not look the same but they all rely on the will of the governed, individual initiative and freedom. On the other hand, Arminger¿s feudal model of government, like the Nazism of Hitler, depends on creating an empire of the free and privileged few living on the slave labor of the conquered. Also like Hitler, Arminger¿s strategy is based on his superior numbers, assumed superior technology and his blitzkrieg attack. There are two phases of this war, and the second phase builds to a dynamic and surprising conclusion. This is a great book in a great series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    This book epitomizes the reason to read Stirling!

    The third book in the 'Dies The Fire' series brings everything together in an action packed finale that leaves you hoping that this series is not a mere trilogy. After the disappointing second novel in the series, 'The Protectors War' it was as if Stirling awakened and fed his readers the nonstop thrills that we have come to admire. One detailed battle followed another leaving the reader barely a chance to catch his or her breath. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    Buy this one now!!

    A Meeting at Corvallis is a definite 'buy now' book. It is the last in the Dies the Fire trilogy and is even more exciting than the second book, The Protector's War. In this novel, we see the events leading up to and the exciting conclusion of the war between the Ptotectorate, and the Bearkillers, The Mackenzies, the Monks of Mt. Angel and the volunteer group from Corvallis. Exciting, intersting and extremely well written are the words which come to mind in considering what to put in this review. The trilogy deals with the survivors and the societies they develop after 'The Change' in which all explosives, electricity, and artificial power, such as jet engines, steam engines and internal combustion engines suddenly cease to function. Muscle, water and wind form the sources of power, much as would have been the case before the invention of these devices. The descriptions of the various groups, their coping mechanisms and the development of the characters are far better than I have seen in any other books dealing with post apocalyptic scenarios. Buy this book and the other two in the trilogy now. You won't be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Definitely worth reading!

    The trilogy begun in Dies the Fire and continued in The Protector's War concludes here, though the author is already working on a second trilogy (to be set twelve years later). Norman Arminger's neofeudal 'Portland Protective Association' is finally starting the long-promised war Mike Havel's 'Bearkillers,' Juniper Mackenzies clan of Wiccans and the monks of Mount Angel are standing firmly against them, but the faculty ruling the city-state of Corvallis are still refusing to dedigitate. Who will win? With this author, it's not truly a guarantee that the good guys will come out on top.... Well-written fight scenes (ranging from single combat, through small-unit actions, up to full-scale battles involving several thousand soldiers) abound, as do equally well-written descriptive passages showing the author's excellent eye for detail, be it scenic, architectural, or other. All of the old characters (or at least, those who survived the first two books) are back, and new character Tiphaine Rutherton is one of my favourites from the whole series. This is Stirling's best thus far, with promise of more to come. Go, read, enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Another Triumph for S.M. Stirling

    'A Meeting At Corvallis' is another triumph for the author, S. M. Stirling. This series started with 'Dies The Fire', was followed by The 'Protector's War' and now the trilogy is complete with 'A meeting At Corvallis'. The story is set ten years after a world wide change occurred, rendering the internal combustion engine, the steam engine, electricity and explosives non functional. A number of communities developed in Oregon and the story concerns three major communities with several others in less prominent roles in the story. The Bearkillers and their allies, the Mackenzies, plus a faction of the residents of Corvallis, as well as the monks in Mt.Angel are attacked by the Protectorate, a feudal society ruled by a 'Lord Protector' in Portland. This, the last of the three novels of the trilogy, deals with the final battle and a surprising outcome. Throughout all three books, the communities, the leaders and a number of more minor characters are developed to a most interesting degree. We can clearly see how even the 'evil' Lord Protector thinks and reasons. Without a doubt, the trilogy as a whole and this book in particular, are the best I have ever read on this subject.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    An exciting end to the trilogy

    A Meeting At Corvallis marks the final chapter in the first trilogy started by Stirling's Dies the Fire. Fans of the earlier books as well as the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy will love it. The forces of the Protectorate and the free nations of Oregon are marshalled and prepared for battle -- the only question is, who will emerge victorious? The forces of freedom or those of tyrany? I look forward to even more books set in the world of the Change to come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    excellent series

    Beginning with Dies the Fire, the Emberverse series is good action adventure that takes place after the Change. The Change causes the earth to revert to medieval times, in that, there is no electricity, technology, gunpowder, etc. I believe the tv series Revolution was based on this series, but the books are much better than the show. A Meeting at Corvallis is a war between the good and the bad guys. My only complaint is Mr. Stirling has a tendency to rehash the characters beginnings a little too much; other than that, a very good read.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Loved it!

    Recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Wheres The Protectors War?

    Love the series, but it'd be nice if B&N could at least put book 2 on here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    Bravo!

    If the climax of this novel doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you have no soul.

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