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The Breaking of Northwall: The Pelbar Cycle, Book One

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One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges, all that is left of the United States of America are scattered, warring tribes and small city-states. One of the latter is Pelbar—proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas. Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall, defending Pelbar against the fierce Shumai and Sentani tribes. Restless and brilliant Jestak is a visionary who has seen and learned too much ...
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Overview


One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges, all that is left of the United States of America are scattered, warring tribes and small city-states. One of the latter is Pelbar—proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas. Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall, defending Pelbar against the fierce Shumai and Sentani tribes. Restless and brilliant Jestak is a visionary who has seen and learned too much in his distant travels to be content with life in Pelbarigan. During his exile at Northwall, he makes contact with Pelbar’s age-old enemies and risks all to rescue his beloved Tia from nomads armed with long-lost weapons from before the atomic holocaust. Jestak’s daring quest for love brings profound changes to his world.
 
The Breaking of Northwall is the first in a series of seven classic postapocalyptic novels about the Pelbar people. Williams’s fascinating and uniquely optimistic vision of an America long after a nuclear war has enthralled readers for decades.
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Science Fiction Chronicle

“These are excellent blends of serious themes and high adventure and it’s a crime they have been unavailable for so long.”—Science Fiction Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298514
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Beyond Armageddon Series
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,061,534
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


In addition to the Pelbar series, Paul O. Williams (1935-2009) is the author of The Man from Far Cloud and Outside Robins Sing: Selected Haiku as well as The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics, and several other books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Reading for 5th time

    Wish this was available for nook. Always a risk when I take the paperbacks out of their hiding place that someone (read spouse) will decide these scruffy old paperbacks should be recycled and that would break up my carefully hoarded Pelbar Cycle. Simply the best series ever, the plot and characters are so intricate and finishing each book makes you so eager for the next. As far as I can tell, the author, an English professor, never wrote any other scifi, and is now deceased, so much sadness there..

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    An amazing story. An amazing series. Paul Williams is brilliant.

    I picked this book up based off a strong recommendation from a fellow reader who enjoys similair authors and books as I do. I would have never picked this up on my own. I am so glad that I listened. Paul Williams has created a vision for a future America torn apart by nuclear war (as well as other things revealed in the 3rd Pelbar book). The characters in this book are original, believable, extremely likeable, and easy to dislike when necessary. We're introduced to several different tribes that are left scattered throughout what was formally America. These tribes do not get along and it becomes Jestaks (the primary character in this Pelbar novel) belief that, based off his travels prior to the start of the book, every tribe comes from one group of people. This idea is explored as Jestak slowly brings 4 different tribes together to achieve a common goal and rescue the woman he loves (also from another tribe and generally forbidden). This sets the stage for the follow up books. I won't give anything away going forward into the rest of the Pelbar cycle. All I will say is that after reading this first book I immediately ordered the final six books and spent the next 3 weeks reading them as well. I couldn't get enough of this series and I had to see how Paul Williams vision evolved. Simply put; an amazing series. So many characters with their own unique stories combining together and overlapping to produce a phenomanal seven book series.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    First Book on Train

    I was so glad for a change of pace. I was reading books without a plot before. In the morning on the train hardcore science is more difficult. I love the world of Landover. I wanted to read more. I found out it's a series but didn't have the other books. I started a different series (Pelbar - different author) but plan to go back to landover once I finish the Pelbar series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Great series

    I have read this series 3 times and am going on the 4th. I like the ideas that are put across and how the author has seen what could happen if a nuclear war happened, and the coming back of society. My only wish is that this series had come out in hardcover in the reprint instead of paperback.

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