The Protector's War (Emberverse Series #2)

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Ten years after the Change rendered technology inoperable throughout the world, two brave leaders built two thriving communities in Oregon's Willamette Valley. But now the armies of the totalitarian Protectorate are preparing to wage war over the priceless farmland.

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Overview

Ten years after the Change rendered technology inoperable throughout the world, two brave leaders built two thriving communities in Oregon's Willamette Valley. But now the armies of the totalitarian Protectorate are preparing to wage war over the priceless farmland.

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Editorial Reviews

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In one catastrophic moment in the final years of the 20th century, all technology ceased to function, leaving humanity without any power except what they could provide with their own (and their animals') labor. Almost a decade after "The Change," two allied communities-former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers and Wiccan priestess Juniper Mackenzie's Clan Mackenzie-attempt to forge a life of prosperity and meaning despite threats from bandits, tyrannical rival communities, and the impotent but troublesome remnants of government. Far away, in England, a group of exiles sets out to find a new home and a new future on the North American continent. Stirling continues the saga begun in Dies the Fire, revisiting old characters and introducing new ones. His ability to imagine a return to quasimedievalism in the modern world provides a glimpse into the inner strength of men and women under fire. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Rousing…a stirring tale." —-John Ringo, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Looking Glass
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400106776
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Emberverse Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 17 CDs, 21 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

S.M. Stirling

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time.

Former radio broadcaster Todd McLaren has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel; and films. His book narrations have earned him a prestigious Audie Award as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Wha?

    So why are all the other books in this series available for the nook EXCEPT for #2? Makes zero sense. Got hooked on book 1 and can't immediately download book 2, but hey feel free to skip on over to 3.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    NO NOOK

    ONLY BOOK IN THE SERIES NOT AVAILABLE ON THE NOOK. FAIL

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    WHY CAN'T I GET THIS ON THE NOOK???????????

    ONLY BOOK IN THE SERIES NOT AVAILABLE ON THE NOOK. COME ON PEOPLE. I'VE EMAILED B&N, I'VE EMAILED THE PUBLISHER, I'VE B*TCHED ON THE NOOK FORUMS, I'VE EVEN EMAILED THE AUTHOR, AND IT'S BEEN A YEAR OF TRYING TO GET SOMEONE TO LOOK AT WHY THE FULL E-BOOK FOR THIS ISN'T AVAILABLE. THE SAMPLE IS, BUT NOT THE FULL NOVEL! COME ON! THE ENTIRE REST OF THE EMBERVERSE SERIES IS BUT NOT THIS ONE!

    COME ON! SOMEBODY PULL THEIR FINGERS OUT AND LOOK AT THIS!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Book three of my favorite series!

    Huge fan of this series! As a former SCA member, it fulfills some fantasies, while at the same time being an excellent social commentary on the precarious balance of 'civilization'. Also, this series is a HUGE improvement over Stirling's earlier Nantucket series a far superior work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Imaginative and original

    As a sequel to 'Dies The Fire', this is a well-written and entertaining book. The character growth and evolution is organic and believable, with the possible exceptions of Eilir and Astrid. We don't get enough of their interior monologue to evaluate the perception we're given by other characters. They all seem to think both are nuts, but still competent enough to co-found a separate settlement, organize, train, and lead an elite military force. Did I mention one has to do it all with sign language?

    It's not enough to take you out of the story, though.

    In the tradition of other fantasy novels, all the characters are impossibly beautiful or handsome, clever, and even their mistakes work out for the best. Open minded fans of wicca will find that Stirling has evolved a believable post-apocalyptic revival among the survivors, without making it seem foolish or ethereal.

    There's even a current of humor, including references to a genre classic, without ever naming it directly.

    I look forward to the next few books in the series, and actually had to grab the 3rd book immediately upon finishing this one (at 2AM), because I needed to know what happened next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    HOOKED ON THE SERIES

    The name is a bit misleading as the book ends short of war. Norman Arminger, Lord Protector of the Portland Protective Association is intent on adding the Willamette Valley to his empire but to do so he must crush the Bearkillers and Clan Mackenzie and their allies; the Central Oregon Ranchers¿ Association and Cornvallis University. Stirling continues to describe the unorthodox way society has reestablished itself and human adaptability. It is only eight years after ¿The Change¿ - the loss of all electronic devices, explosives, and gun powder. Surviving adults over the age of 30 often still wake up wondering if they have been dreaming and sometimes feeling a bit silly in plate armor whereas younger adults and children don¿t miss or don¿t remember television and electronic devices and accept armor and medieval style warfare as normal. I enjoyed this book and the continuing saga although it did not initially seem to be as fast paced as the first book of the series because it took me several chapters to warm up to the Brits fleeing tyranny in Britain. However, I¿m hooked on the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2006

    Outstanding! No other way to put it!

    This book kept me into the folds of its story for hours and hours! Plenty of action and a fantastic tie-in of other parts of the world that have also gone through the change. You see Signe Havel's true colors! And The protector is clearly more evil than I ever thought! Seeing how Astrid and Eilir have grown up is as intresting as seeing how the geographic area has changed in the Willamette Valley. Anyone that didnt like this book must not have been reading it at all! I highly recomend this title!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fantastic apocalyptic thriller

    It has been nine years since the Change has rendered technology obsolete. There is no more electricity, guns are obsolete and the world has devolved into a feudal society. In the Wilmette Valley in Oregon Michael Havel¿s Bear Killers, a tribal community, and Clan McKenzie led by Juniper McKenzie have organized the people into a farming community, giving land and livestock in return for loyalty to the leaders.................. Norman Arminger is their greatest enemy who loathes what they have built. He is a former medieval historian who has formed a society based on Norman culture which includes the building of castles that will protect his people in the coming war. In a stroke of luck, Arminger¿s daughter is taken by clan McKenzie. Sir Nigel, who helped King Charles bring England back from the brink of extinction, had to leave his country in a hurry because he dared to question his liege¿s decisions. He makes his home with Clan McKenzie who the beautiful leader believes will play an important role in the upcoming war.......................... It¿s hard to imagine a world where something destroyed Earth¿s technology which resulted in the deaths of billions of people due to famine, fire and plague. Yet S.M. Stirling places such an apocalyptical event on human scale so readers get a picture of what such a world be like. This is a dark gritty world yet the people are determined to rebuild and cooperate to ensure their survival. The villain in this exciting and well constructed work of speculative fiction is the type of that emerges whenever a crisis allows him to seize control of events. Readers will eagerly await the next work in the stunning series........... Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I found the story line started right off where book 1 ended. The characters had not evolved to a point that needed a lot of explaining. Great casual read and not "way out there" as a host of "end of the world" books can get. The narratives of the fighting had just enough graphic accounts without being too gory. The only down side is the detailed descriptions of landscapes and building structures.

    I will read the other books in this series

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Loved it

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Good idea but...

    I liked the idea of this series but I don't know if it is the Nook edition or not but there are a ton of typos. Also If you read one book to the next the author re-uses the same lines a lot... enough so that I noticed it. It is an easy read and does keep you interested. I wouldn't call it a page turner or "kept me up all night" sort of book. I find I don't really care what happens I am more of just curious to see how it ends. The characters are interesting and you actually like some of them.
    I wouldn't recommend the series to anyone as a "you've got to read this" or even "I'm reading a good series right now" but it wasn't all that bad...just not great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Amazing

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Why is this advertised for nook but unavailable?

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    What?

    Great story, believable characters, well developed plot...and then the story ended at a horrible spot. i feel that there was more to tell. and where's the war that the cover is talking about? all i ever read was a couple of raids and skirmishes. also, what the heck is up with the Wiccan stuff? in the first book i didn't care because i could skip over it easily. but here, i can't get away from it, cause its everywhere! if i want to learn about Wicca, i look it up myself! and those books won't down-play Christianity and all other religions!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    Big Disappointment After Dies the Fire

    Nothing much happens in this sequel to one of my favorite books. Too much mysticism and not enough action.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Good idea, but needed more action

    I thought this book was somewhat okay next to the first. While it was fascinating to see what kind of societies appear after the Change, as well as the arrival of British soldiers onto the scene, there was not quite enough action to suit me. It was mostly talk thru much of the book. What action there was made me read on, but by the end I was mildly disappointed. Still, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Where's the meat?

    Stirling's sequel to 'Dies the Fire' was more rambling that rambo. There are easily 20 pages dedicated to poems and elfin songs that have absolutely no connection to the plot. Several sub-plot lines ran into a dead end with no resolution and the adverised Protector's War never really materialized. The Protector's war should be listed under romance novels rather than science fiction. This book was truly a waste of money and was a big disappointment to at least one Stirling fan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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