A motley army led by an indomitable old woman and a Los Alamos renegade who tore a hole in time and rescued three heroes from death--Patton, ""Stonewall"" Jackson, and Amelia Earhart--are the last hope for America.
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No doubt there is an audience for this sweeping, genre-busting epic in which a post-apocalyptic United States is threatened by a bloody horde out of the East, led by a madman who seems to be the reincarnation of the 14th-century Mongol conqueror, Tamerlane. And just as surely there are readers who will find it utter, overwrought claptrap. Both may agree, however, that the book is sui generis, blending horror, Native American mysticism, history, warfare, time travel and legend into a saga of startling scope. Here the last best hope of civilization lies with an indomitable old woman, three heroes yanked out of history (Stonewall Jackson, George S. Patton and Amelia Earhart) and, ultimately, an extinct creature and an eagle who has forgotten how to fly. Ancient Katherine Magruder tries desperately to convince the skeptical citizens of New Arizona of the truth of horrifying dispatches she has received from her grandson who is traveling with Tamerlane's army under the protection of the conqueror's equally evil consort, the Lady Legion. Her son, a former Los Alamos scientist now dwelling among the Apache, discovers how to open a hole in time, enabling them to call the heroic trio to their aid just as the invading forces approach the nation's final citadel. In the end, the time travelers are more a plot conceit than a narrative necessity, and the anticipated final confrontations are allowed to peter out into anticlimax, seriously undermining this wild tale.
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Passionate readers need not fear Philip Roth's lament that fiction is dead, since the writer's imagination is outstripped each night by the evening news. Gleason has conjured up a postnuclear holocaust Islamic horde that has conquered Europe and Asia and is pushing inexorably through the American West. Only a rawhide, tough, old woman, and her unlikely allies--George Patton, Stonewall Jackson, Amelia Earhart, and an adolescent triceratops--stand in the way of the triumph of utter barbarism. Equal parts fantasy, historical fiction, sf, western, and morality play, this novel is sprawling, epic, cinematic, and a ripping good adventure yarn. Gleason is a former book editor and western novelist, and if he has forgotten anything about fashioning a book that will get widely read, the reader won't discover what it might be. All public libraries will want to put in an order. Thomas Gaughan
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Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # BK0079309
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Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061053112
Book Description Harpercollins (Mm), 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061053112