The Coming of the Horseclans [Horseclans Series Book 1] [NOOK Book]

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Prophecy Written in Blood! After two hundred years of seaching 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...
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The Coming of the Horseclans [Horseclans Series Book 1]

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Overview

Prophecy Written in Blood! After two hundred years of seaching 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 shreads to discover his secret of immortality?
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Editorial Reviews

Nomadxiii, Canada - Anonymous Reviewer
Robert Adams really knows how to build a complete world all his own! A post-apocalyptic realm of nomads and Ehleenee lords, he brings it to real, and sometimes all too graphic life. A wonderful escape into a strange and almost familiar world.
Yet Another Book Review Site - Shown Rolfe
<I>The Coming of the Horseclans</I> was a great read with excellent descriptions of horsemanship, swordplay and bowmanship. If you want a story that has really despicable bad guys and really noble good guys this book is for you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594262593
  • Publisher: Mundania Press LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1975
  • Series: Horseclans series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 89,235
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Adams (1932-1990) was a career soldier whose Horseclans series drew on his military background to lend verisimilitude to the exploits of 26th Century of immortal mutant warriors in a balkanized North America. The Coming of the Horseclans (1975) was the first of 18 novels in the sequence, which ended, with The Clan of the Cats (1988), only on account of the author’s death.

His non-Horseclans work included two other series. Castaways in Time (1980) and its five sequels were a mix of alternate history and time travel. The Stairway to Forever and Monsters and Magicians (both 1988) were the only volumes to appear of a projected fantasy series.

He also co-edited several anthologies, among them Barbarians (1985, with Martin H. Greenberg and Charles H. Waugh), four Magic in Ithkar volumes (1985-87, with Andre Norton), Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds (1987, with Pamela Crippen Adams and Martin H. Greenberg) and Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers (1988, same co-editors).
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Excellent ! Very imaginative Sci-fi/fantasy series. If you are l

    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&amp;N will post the rest of this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Leader's Den Of HorseClan

    Leader's Den

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    I first read about half a dozen of the Horseclans novels (by the

    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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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    This is a book about men who ride horses and live in clans. Thus

    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 &quot;undying,&quot; 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 &quot;witchmen,&quot; 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.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    i put this series at the same level that i put the drey prescott

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Didn't care for the child abuse scenes

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    To whitetail

    Goldenstripes mate is lilysta, not you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Skystep Featherbreese

    (About the prophecy. Peaceful sky is either skystep or skyleaf. But the leap the day away makes no sense. Leapwind is dead.) SKYSTEP~ Name: Skystep Description: grey with white paws. Eye color: blue Rank: warrior/queen mate: used to be Limecreek now none. Kits: Featherbreeze, creeksplash, spottedflame, silverkit History: mother died and left me an my littermates alone. They all died eventually and i was the only survivor. Family: Lake(mom) Ocean Oak Wave (littermates) FEATHERBREEZE~ Name: Featherbreeze Description: pale grey with long tail Eye color: ocean blue Rank: warrior Kits: none yet Mate: hopefully Streamshade Family: Skystep(mom) Spottedpaw and Leapwind (littermates)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Owlfeather

    Name:owlfeather Description: A gold furred cat with amber eyes and a torn ear. Noone know how she got it. Apprentices: Moonpaw (Moonpelt) History: Never told and forgotten Family: Abandoned but lilystar and goldenstripe adopte ne an i have three sisters. Siblings: Snowfire and heathershine Gender: Female.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Heathershine

    "I wonder what it means. After all certaintly includes many of our cats." She said thoughtful her emerald eyes puzzled.~Heathershine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Skyleaf

    Name: Skyleaf Description: A smallish dark gray she cat with lighter gray paws, a slightly lighter colored stomach, blackish tips on her ears, and a long tail the same shade as her paws, with emerald green eyes, and a hint of turquoise. Mate: Onetail Kits: None yet, but wants some! Personality: Fun-loving, normally calm, and fiercely loyal to everything and everyone that she cares about. Apprentices: Hollypaw(died before becoming a warrior) Family: Jewelfrost(who sacrificed herself in the fire) History: Joined HorseClan, but before that, her history is shadowed and unknown. It was just recently discovered that Jewelfrost was her sister. Skyleaf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Jewelfrost

    I have but many words of warning for you. Beware the horse's fallen birch and shards of the new storm. Release the pelt of the ghost. Star the lily's wolven hound. And love the brave silver's star. Weave steps in the peaceful sky and blossom in it's rays. Hope for twoleg names and leap the day away. Please do this all and it will bring great peace for seasons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    F

    Hahahalol second reveiw in 2012!!!!! WOOOOOO

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Loved this brought back great memories

    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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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    still own mine

    these books take me to a time of my youth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Perfect Read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    Poorly spell checked

    I have read the original and this digital copy is riddled with spelling errors. It was distracting.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Glad this is coming to the digital age

    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.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    A great book to escape with

    Havent seen this book for many years. I read it when I was in high school. The whole series is excellent. Not a great peice of literature, but a fun read when you want to get away. I hope BN digitaly publishes all of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    It's Back and still a wild ride

    For those of you who need to replace their worn additions or those of you who want to visit the Horseclans for the first time this series is for you. Originally 'Coming of the Horseclans' sold over 3 million copies before the Robert Adams passed away in the 1990s. Time has done nothing to stop this books powerful story. A timeless classic.

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