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Wolf and Iron
     

Wolf and Iron

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by Gordon R. Dickson
 

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After the collapse of civilization, when the social fabric of America has come apart in bloody rags, when every man's hand is raised against another, and only the strong survive. "Jeebee" Walther was a scientist, a student of human behavior, who saw the Collapse of the world economy coming, but could do nothing to stop it. Now he must make his way across a violent and

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After the collapse of civilization, when the social fabric of America has come apart in bloody rags, when every man's hand is raised against another, and only the strong survive. "Jeebee" Walther was a scientist, a student of human behavior, who saw the Collapse of the world economy coming, but could do nothing to stop it. Now he must make his way across a violent and lawless America, in search of a refuge where he can keep the spark of knowledge alive in the coming Dark Age. He could never make it on his own, but he has found a companion who can teach him how to survive on instinct and will. Jeebee has been adopted by a great Gray Wolf.

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School Library Journal
The U. S. has been devastated by worldwide financial collapse. Civilization as readers know it has disappeared. Marauding bands are terrorizing the countryside, killing and looting. Jeremy Bellamy Walthers' goal is to cross 2,000 miles of ravaged countryside to reach the security of his brother's Montana ranch. En route he befriends a wolf who becomes a partner and companion via verbal and nonverbal communication. The story deals with Jeremy's interaction with the wolf and the other human survivors of the economic collapse. Dickson has created another superior novel; it's colorful, well written, and peopled with well-developed, multidimensional characters. The wolf is especially fascinating. YAs who have cut their teeth on such works as George's Julie of the Wolves (Harper, 1972) or Mowatt's Never Cry Wolf (Little, 1963) will enjoy this survival story in sci/fi clothing. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627934794
Publisher:
Start Science Fiction
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
12,931
File size:
595 KB

Meet the Author

Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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Wolf and Iron 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought Wolf and Iorn 10 years ago Since then I have read this book (3) times I do not see Wolf and Iorn as Si-Fi What Happens in this book could very well happen to our World as we know it.The world died with mearly a whimper;It required only one domino to fall under the right conditions,to set a whole ranked row behind it tumbling.It fell with the collapse of a single bank.The run on this by mobs of people for money it did not have,drew in its creditors.Other banks began to tumble.The panic spread and governments intervened with funds to shore them up__only to find even their funds inadequate for this,as defaults became universal.The world economic web drew the collapse from nation to nation.Central governments fell:and the process of the world splitting into small and smaller self-sufficient pieces began.Phone systems were the first to die.Then electric services.Then transportation,with furnaces grown cold and refrigerators,like air conditioners,stilled for lack of fuel.Food ceased to reach the cities from outside.Supplies from anywhere else had become nonexistent;and people had begun to fight for what the stores still held;or to take what they had not and needed.It was the ninteenth century again.The whimper became a snarl.All this had been predicted in Jeebee's QSD computer screen.Like everyone,he had not believed it could come so quickly.
KarenJG More than 1 year ago
Very different from most Dickson novels. If you're looking for something along the lines of Dickson's Childe cycle (Dorsai novels), you might be disappointed. However, you may enjoy the contemplative, philosophical tone of this novel, since Dickson has always managed to embed interesting philosophical questions and ideas in even his most "action oriented" novels. But Wolf and Iron is a very slow paced story, and is essentially a character study. While there is some action in the book, and challenges and obstacles to overcome, the story is one of personal transformation. An academic researcher focused on abstract concepts must learn to become a man competent in a more basic, primal existence, in a society that has itself, collapsed into a more basic, primal existence. Other people are present, but not deeply examined. It's interesting that Jeebee's more cerebral talents are the main driver of his transformation - he doesn't become a brute, although he faces and accepts his "animal instincts" - but mostly, he reasons his way to competence in this new world. It's always hard to assign a rating to a book that is this different from what I expected to read - and not really my cup of tea - when the writing is good, and the ideas are worth contemplating. In the end I decided to go with 4 stars, mostly to not screw up the average. But it could have easily been three (if I was really in the mood for an action-adventure when I read it) or five (if I was in a philosophical mood when I read it). It's well worth reading, if you're looking for a more philosophical read.
carolebarrelND More than 1 year ago
First read this book in the early 1990s and have read it three more times since then. This book parallels what's happening in our world today (2011), and what the outcome could be. It is a survivalist type book and takes place mostly in the mid-west. I have bought numerous copies of this book for gifts and myself. It is an astounding, enjoyable, breathtaking read. If you can get your hands on a copy, DO IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began to read this book and then i lost it. I searched for months at places to get it, When i finaly did I was more than happy. The trials and the journey that Jeebe goes through and the changes that occurs is that of amazment. I would most recomend this book to anyone who enjoys dickson. If you don't even know his work thisa is a great book to get started in. *HINT books that are mentioned in the story really do exist. read them they will open you mind even more to the plight of the wolf.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for the second time. I have recommened the book to my mom.
KCJ1 More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking story that could certainly happen, it's more prophecy than Sci-Fi.  Very hard to put down, amazingly well thought out. 
penwallah More than 1 year ago
A taut detailed and fascinating read. Mr. Dickson is an expert at telling a story that makes you feel as if you are looking over the shoulders of the participants. Highly recommended read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is I wish there was a sequel. Wonderful book. Part adventure, part love story and all facinating.
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TrapperJohn More than 1 year ago
The premise -for doomsday Sci-Fi- is intriguing enough. The execution is sloppy beyond belief. This author manages to combine the inability to exercise basic plot management skills with a complete disdain for sentence structure in a way that makes the reader sigh out loud. The work is a good example of what a non-edited piece reads and sounds like. Even the name of the main character is sophomoric. Save your money - unless rewarding an author who writes with all of the craft of a high school sophomore is your thing.
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Good read. Good read
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rascal26 More than 1 year ago
I remembered reading this years ago as a short story. Very good expanded to book-length.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended.
AtwoodDC More than 1 year ago
Is there a follow on to this novel ?