The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse Series #4)

The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse Series #4)

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by S. M. Stirling
     
 

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Rudi MacKenzie has grown up knowing that he will one day assume leadership over the survivors of the technological disaster known as the Change. But a prophecy made at his birth spoke of an even greater destiny-a destiny that is about to be fulfilled. A mysterious traveler from Nantucket, long rumored to be the source of the Change, arrives on a mission to bring

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Rudi MacKenzie has grown up knowing that he will one day assume leadership over the survivors of the technological disaster known as the Change. But a prophecy made at his birth spoke of an even greater destiny-a destiny that is about to be fulfilled. A mysterious traveler from Nantucket, long rumored to be the source of the Change, arrives on a mission to bring Rudi back with him. And between him and his destiny lies the the cult of a madman determined to stop him?

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Paul Di Filippo
After establishing a wild-eyed premise (aliens change the laws of physics to suppress electricity, gunpowder and other high-energy phenomena), Stirling proceeded with scrupulous and ingenious realism to show how the survivors of the Change could reconstruct a tolerable level of civilization. In this book, his focus has shifted from the elder generation to those born into the new world and raised to adulthood knowing no other. A stranger riding into peaceful Oregon from the East attracts the attention of a militaristic cult known as the Church Universal and Triumphant. The man seems to play a part in their prophecies, and dangerously questing into the very heart of their empire seems to be the only way for him to deal with the matter. Sword-arm strength and a pure heart are no guarantee of victory in Stirling's suspenseful story.
—The Washington Post
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Set 12 years after A Meeting at Corvallis(2006), Stirling's latest novel of a chaotic near-future U.S., crippled when the mysterious Change rendered most technology nonfunctional, combines vigorous military adventure with cleverly packaged political idealism. When assassins pursue a traveler into Oregon's Willamette Valley, the resulting skirmish propels the heirs of three influential local leaders on a risky continent-crossing mission to Nantucket. Stirling's narrative deftly balances sharply contrasting ideologies-the Mackenzies' proto-Celtic clan system in Oregon against Gen. Lawrence Thurston's strict and principled military democracy in Idaho, the zealotry of the Church Universal and Triumphant versus the pagan Powers venerated by the Mackenzies-though the most difficult cosmological questions are never addressed. Meanwhile, there are hints of otherworldly intervention and time travel on Nantucket, echoing the parallel continuity established in Island in the Sea of Timeand its sequels. Despite these fuzzy underpinnings, the thought-provoking and engaging storytelling should please Stirling's many fans. (Sept.)

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ISBN-13:
9780451462251
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Series:
Emberverse Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
237,661
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Thought-provoking and engaging" —-Publishers Weekly

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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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The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good start for a new trilogy. This book is a continuation of the Now Dies the Fire series. Rudi Mackenzie is the Child of the Hero and Heroine of the first Trilogy. Rudi is a character you are going to love and Matilda is a fab heroine. It is facinating how Stirling explains the rational behind everything. I strongly suggest you read the frist Series. It is not strictly necessary but I explains a lot and will enhance your experience.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the end of the twentieth century the Change occurred suddenly and stunningly it left all technological advances of the past two centuries inoperative. Across America, people were stunned with the loss of taken for granted conveniences like electricity and computers, etc.----------- In Western Oregon by CY22 (Change Year 22), most, if not all locals, have adapted to the Change living in peaceful cooperation until the traveler from the east arrives. The stranger informs the tribe that he seeks Rudi Mackenzie, whose destiny the outsider insists is to learn what destroyed America and what technology can be salvaged. Meanwhile in the former Wyoming and Montana the Prophet and his Church Universal and Triumphant followers believe that God has sent them to destroy any remains of the technological serpent that drove people away from the heavenly father.------------------- Now S.M. Stirling continues his alternate America with the second decade since the Change as a generation who never tasted technology is heading into adulthood. Thus the story line is fast-paced but also refreshed as Rudi, born of non technology, begins his odyssey across a world filled with Death Zones, massive deserts, and special interest sects protecting their little fiefdoms from outsiders. The audience does not need to read the previous set of the trilogy to appreciate this strong coming of age in a post technological un-United States.---------------- Harriet Klausner
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smm28 More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down!
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luvsnow More than 1 year ago
I was very surprisd it was such a short book only 142 pages. As I started to read the next one it was like I was missing alot of the story. Still loved it.
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