The Coming of the Horseclans

The Coming of the Horseclans

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by Robert McCormick Adams
     
 

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Prophecy Written in Blood!

After two hundred years of searching for other immortals, the Undying High Lord Milo Morai has returned to the Horseclans to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead them to their destined homeland by the sea.

But in their path wait the armed might of the Ehleenee and an enemy even more treacherous--the Witchmen--pre-Holocaust scientists who

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Prophecy Written in Blood!

After two hundred years of searching for other immortals, the Undying High Lord Milo Morai has returned to the Horseclans to fulfill an ancient prophecy and lead them to their destined homeland by the sea.

But in their path wait the armed might of the Ehleenee and an enemy even more treacherous--the Witchmen--pre-Holocaust scientists who have survived the centuries by stealing other men's bodies to house their evil minds and who have in their hidden stronghold the means of destroying all who will not become their willing slaves.

Can even Milo save the Horseclans from the bloodthirsty Ehleenee and the malevolent Witchmen who would rip him to shreds to discover his secret of immortality?

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ISBN-13:
9780451131423
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1982
Series:
Horseclans Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Coming of the Horseclans [Horseclans Series Book 1] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Nate4 More than 1 year ago
Excellent ! Very imaginative Sci-fi/fantasy series. If you are looking for a series that will keep you your interest and is a page turner than purchase this book! There are three spelling errors and nothing to get upset about. I hope that B&N will post the rest of this series!
Maine-Girl More than 1 year ago
I first read about half a dozen of the Horseclans novels (by the late Robert Adams during the 1970s and 1980s. The genre is military action/science fiction set in post-apocalyptic North America during the 27th century.. This is the first book in the series (there are over a dozen), but as the author states, while he initially moves forward in time from this volume, later he switches to several volumes set before the time of The Coming, which begins approximately 600 years after a world-wide nuclear war, various plagues, and cataclysmic seismic disturbances have thrust survivors into a brutal pre-industrial age. I recommend starting with The Coming, as it provides a good overview of the story arc. Milo of Morai, an immortal from the 20th century, has returned as prophesied to leads the nomadic Horseclans from the high plains of southern Canada and North America to the east coast. Their goal is to rebuild their original home, Ehlai (Los Angeles) by the sea, but since most of California has fallen into the Pacific, Milo has convinced them to migrate east instead of west. Waiting for the travelers in the east, from Canada to Georgia (earthquakes and tidal waves have also altered the east coast), are invaders from Europe and the Middle East— a mix of Greeks, Spaniards, Italians, Armenians, etc—called the Ehleenee. The language they speak is Greek, but as with Merikan (American) the author takes free literary license with spelling. You either have fun trying to figure out the origins of words, such as Pitzburk (Pittsburg), Djo Kahrtuh (Joe Carter), Djeri Hahfmun (Jerry Haufman), Karaleenos (Carolina), or you go crazy. I had fun with  it.  There is no detailed characterization. The prose is spare but descriptive. There are many vivid action scenes that include descriptions of hunting wild game and small to large combat events with plenty of gore. The author seems familiar with military protocol and a variety of weapons, so the sense of realism is there. On the negative side, the jumps back and forth in time result in disjointed stories and repetition. While I don’t read military fiction, I do like apocalyptic fiction and was drawn to the strong animal element in much of this series. The people of the Horseclans have the ability to communicate telepathically with and bond with their specially bred horses and with their allies, the huge Prairie Cats (the result of pre-war attempts to recreate the ancient sabertooth). You also run into giant ferrets and otters, shaggy crosses between buffalo and feral cattle, and other mutated denizens of the new world. For more on the ancestors of the Horseclans and their animal allies, follow The Coming with The Horses of the North, A Woman of the Horseclans, and Horseclans Odyssey. Some of the other titles focus primarily on battles between the Ehleenee and their American apponents
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Herberto More than 1 year ago
This is a book about men who ride horses and live in clans. Thus, Horseclans. Not only only do these nomadic barbarians live to ride and ride to live (and slay), but they can communicate by telepathy, not just among themselves, but with their horses. Awesome, isn't it? But wait, there's more, because they can also communicate with...Sabre Tooth Tigers! Who are their friends! Because why not. The time is the future, a post-apocalypse North America that has reverted to a medieval stage of civilization.The leader of the Horseclans is Milo Morai. He is, in fact, one of the "undying," a group of mutant humans who posses extraordinary healing abilities. Milo's enemies are twofold: in the foreground are the Ehleenee, Greek-speaking invaders who have set up shop in what was the American South. Yes, in the post-apocalyptic future, the Greeks invade America. The Greek noblemen are portrayed as corrupt, sensual, mincing boy-lovers, in contrast to the uniformly hetero and stalwart Horsemen. In the background are the shadowy "witchmen," who are immortal scientists from the twentieth century. But they are evil, of course: body-stealing brainiacs who want to enslave all mankind. This all sounds a bit silly, and it is, but it is also well-written for this kind of thing. The author knows his way around a saddle and a suit of armor. Politically correct it is NOT. Women are treated as booty in all senses of the word, although Adams draws strong female characters. Greeks are subject to every old stereotype you can imagine, mostly involving separating the men from the boys. Black people are portrayed positively, as physicians; they practice a form of Islam. Scientists are evil eggheads. However, the book delivers the goods: battles are plenty and fierce and villains are brought to justice in entertaining ways. Courage and skill on a horse are ultimately more important than ethnicity or gender. It's pure pulp entertainment and well done for what it is.
americanfreedom More than 1 year ago
i put this series at the same level that i put the drey prescott series and conan i once owned 18 horseclan novels i wish that i still had them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not recommended at all. I remember when the series came out - it was a sensation. I didn't read it then, and thought I would see if the books held up over time. Unfortunately, there are certain plot elements that don't. Specifically the repeated rape of a child who is then given to her rapists as 'a beloved daughter' who forgives her abusers and loves them unconditionally. Frankly - the handling of that issue turned my stomach. I will not read the other books. This is, of course, only one person's opinion - mine - I don't expect anyone else to share it.
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wnorrell More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was younger. Great sarter book for those just getting into scifi/fantasy. I do have to say as well that the editor of this e-book did not do a great job. Lots of typos that were distracting in the reading.
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Michael Doyle More than 1 year ago
these books take me to a time of my youth.
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I just wish there where more of this series in ebook form so that i can reread them all i really enjoyed reading the origanil books but they are almost impossable to find the complete series in paper back any more
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I have read the original and this digital copy is riddled with spelling errors. It was distracting.
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going4broke2005 More than 1 year ago
A few years ago I was trying to find these books in old bookstores. They have been out of print for some time now and I loved them as a kid. I hope they do the rest of the series.