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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Aug. 19 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031287054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312870546
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.7 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,168,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the fourth millennium, war looms between the lands once known as America and Australia. As a new airborne weapon, the Miocene Arrow, threatens to rule the skies, assassins and spies seek to uncover its origins and properties. Set in the same postapocalyptic universe as his groundbreaking Souls in the Great Machine, McMullen's latest effort elaborates on the evolution of a strange and, ultimately, mystifying future. Recommended for most sf collections.
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McMullen transplants his tales of a postapocalyptic fortieth century from Australia to North America. The mysterious Call, which originated down under in Souls in the Great Machine (1999), profoundly affects the Americas, too, physically and socially. Carefully placed tethers and padded walls in three Callhavens in the former U.S. prevent the meager population from making for the sea every few days. In other regions, the Call comes continuously; nothing larger than a terrier can resist it. The other incontrovertible power in peoples' lives is the Sentinels, orbiting satellites that systematically fire on any land or air vehicle larger than 29-and-a-half-feet long. A highly organized, relatively peaceful society exists in the Callhavens; ritual combat between kingdoms is popular, but all-out war is a thing of the past. Then one quiet night on the very edges of the Callscour, a new factor enters the equation: people seemingly unaffected by the Call or the Sentinels. Their origin, agenda, and minuscule physical differences will soon create devastating havoc. With remarkable imagination and insight, McMullen conjures factions, personalities, and plots, including well-placed glimpses of a lost, past America. A complex and lively story, rich with the action and reaction of human treachery, courage, battle-fueled passion, and quiet devotion. Roberta Johnson
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By David on June 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are like me, and have been looking for an exciting, original and interesting Sci-Fi series for quite some time now, then I whole heartedly encourage you to read this book and the others in this series as well. If you are a fan of the various Star Wars books and other soft Sci-Fi, you best go back to scraping your pennies together so you can buy the next Harry Potter book or something as this book won't be up your alley.
The second book of the Great Winter Trilogy should not be read without reading the first, if only for the fact that you will have deprived yourself of some of the character development and the background for this novel. I don't see how this book can stand on it's own. Read, "Souls in the Great Machine" first and you'll enjoy this one all the better.
These books are original, interesting and have a way of hooking you into them. It's been a long time since I've read a Sci Fi book that has been this much FUN to read. Like other reviewers, I don't know why this book is not getting the attention it deserves. Both books are certainly better then anything that has won the Hugo or Nebula in the past 10 years and I encourage anyone with a love of Science Fiction to read McMullen's work. Don't let the fact that he's Australian stop you, which is the only conceivable reason that I can think of that has stopped this series from getting the praise it richly deserves. Oh, that and the fact that most book stores only stock Star Wars and Star Trek knock offs and people who love those books probably wouldn't get McMullen. Read and enjoy.
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Sean McMullen is perhaps the most innovative scifi-adventure writer to come onto the shelves (in the U.S.) in the last decade. Souls In the Great Machine was incredibly innovative, with some very creative and realistic ways of dealing with his postapocalyptic nightmare world. This novel, the sequel to Souls, did not quite reach that level of creativity and innovation, but nonetheless was still very creative and interesting. His obvious knowledge of early industrial revolution technology and culture makes this series very fun to read, and he continues to find interesting ways to re-create lost or impossible technology, including airplanes in this new installment to the series.
The feudal society that he develops for the peoples of the Rocky Mountain region of the former U.S.A. is an interesting counterpoint to the protodemocratic Greek and Chinese influenced civilization he envisions in Australia. To some extent the characters that carry over from one book to the next seem rather artificial, as if he had written these books separately at one point and then decided to make them a series (he may have -- several books published in Australia have similar names, and I suspect are what became this series.) Nonetheless, I was amused by the continued antics of everyone's favourite lady's ..., and his Lady the former abbess.
Overall, this series is highly entertaining and full of interesting concepts. Don't expect the level of innovation he has in Souls, but nonetheless expect a very creative and fun story with some deeper meanings and philosophical experiments throughout. Would interest a fan of John Barnes, Iain Banks, or even Larry Niven.
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By the middle of the fortieth century, the Call continues its domination of animal life in North America by hypnotizing humans to die like lemurs into the oceans. Few spots remain that can deal with the Call's mysterious siren. Over the centuries, Mounthaven has formed a chivalrous society to survive more than just the passing Call. Air duels between honorable men is how disputes are settled.
The relationships between the Mouthaven kingdom changes when a group arrives that can resist the Call. These genetically engineered Aviads want to destroy the humans. Their plan is to use the pettiness of the users of the kingdoms to fight one another outside the acceptable code of honor. Ultimately this group of invaders hopes to raise the level of the Call to penetrate even the oasis that allow some survivability. A small group led by John Glasken must save the world before Mounthaven becomes overwhelmed with a disastrous civil war.
THE MIOCENE ARROW continues with the same post-apocalyptic world originally established in the SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE. The story line is as complex as science fiction seems to get and needs time to form, but once it does the plot never looks back. John and his weird band of heroes are a wonderful team while the villainous but clever Machiavellian invaders are treated more like cannon fodder by author Sean McMullen. Still his latest tale is an entertaining look at a frightening future that science fiction readers and some fantasy fans will find quite intriguing.

Harriet Klausner
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By the middle of the fortieth century, the Call continues its domination of animal life in North America by hypnotizing humans to die like lemurs into the oceans. Few spots remain that can deal with the Call's mysterious siren. Over the centuries, Mounthaven has formed a chivalrous society to survive more than just the passing Call. Air duels between honorable men is how disputes are settled.
The relationships between the Mouthaven kingdom changes when a group arrives that can resist the Call. These genetically engineered Aviads want to destroy the humans. Their plan is to use the pettiness of the users of the kingdoms to fight one another outside the acceptable code of honor. Ultimately this group of invaders hopes to raise the level of the Call to penetrate even the oasis that allow some survivability. A small group led by John Glasken must save the world before Mounthaven becomes overwhelmed with a disastrous civil war.
THE MIOCENE ARROW continues with the same post-apocalyptic world originally established in the SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE. The story line is as complex as science fiction seems to get and needs time to form, but once it does the plot never looks back. John and his weird band of heroes are a wonderful team while the villainous but clever Machiavellian invaders are treated more like cannon fodder by author Sean McMullen. Still his latest tale is an entertaining look at a frightening future that science fiction readers and some fantasy fans will find quite intriguing.

Harriet Klausner
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