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Two Hawks from Earth

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In this classic of alternate history by grand master Philip Jose Farmer, Native American bomber pilot Roger Two Hawks bails out over enemy territory in WWII, only to find himself on another Earth-one in which the American continents never rose from the waters, and the ancestors of the American Indians remained in Asia and Europe-an Earth embroiled in a world war of its own...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Monkeybrain (first published 1966)
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Paul Weimer
The scene is World War II. Native American Bomber Pilot Roger Two Hawks, off course on a mission to bomb the Ploesti oil fields in Rumania, has a mid air collision with a German plane over enemy territory. Along with Pat O'Brien, turret gunner, he is the only person to successfully manage to get a parachute open and descend to the countryside.

Hawks felt something odd just before the crash, however, and that oddness is reinforced when Hawks and O'Brien land. The people are all wrong, with technol...more
John
Oct 10, 2010 John rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Farmer fans, SF/fantasy fans
Recommended to John by: n/a
I won't even begin to pretend that I'm an expert or even barely knowledgeable with formatting or the like. This is the first review I've written on the site, and I discovered the site yesterday. I thought the site is a great idea and a perfect way to store information about the books I've read, the books I want to read and the like.

I've just finished Two Hawks from Earth (October 10, 2010). I read the Berkley paperback version dated July, 1985. This appears to be the first paperback in this form...more
Jack
Farmer has always been my favorite oddball in the speculative ("What If" sci-fi) fiction genre. This one doesn't let me down either... and I've just found out (after owning many of his books for over 25 years) that he is a Hoosier!)

Roger Two Hawks is an Iroquois that has managed to move up through the ranks and become a bomber pilot in WWII. His plane is shot down over the Ploesti oil fields and he feels a sudden, sickening lurch just as a Nazi fighter plane hits his wing. Once on the ground, no...more
Heidi Miller
I fell in love with Roger Two Hawks' character--he's a displaced, romantic soldier just trying to get home. He relies on his instincts as much as his intellect to see him through one crisis after another, and never loses his spirit, though he is quite lonely. What's not to love?!

The anthropological issues that Farmer dealt with at the time he was writing this novel were well-researched and well-thought out. Obviously, science has taught us some new things since then, and philosophies often chang...more
Steve
Well worked out alternate-Earth story. Imagine the planet Earth with no Western Hemisphere. Now imagine that, because there was no Bering Strait to anywhere, the ancient nomads turned west toward Europe, instead of east into North America. This is setting for Farmer's very well thought-out novel of what European history would have been like with invasions by people whose culture and language would have been the basis of Native Americans if there had been an America. Also, a Europe without all th...more
David Agranoff
Wow, amazing speculative fiction in an ultimate what if novel. Two Hawks from Earth explores the idea of how earth might have developed had north and south america stayed below the ocean. At the same time it has a really alternate universe story as a a character crosses from our universe and has to battle a nazi in a arms race to arm the alternate universe. amazing amounts of detail and research went into the history and culture of this other earth, and at the same time there is a swashbuckling...more
Chris
Jan 25, 2009 Chris rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PJF completists, students of historical scifi
Entertaining as a historical artifact - it's interesting seeing how quickly an author can go from being progressive for his time to sounding anachronistic. Farmer was ahead of the mainstream in recognizing the sorry deal Native Americans got and the degree to which historical accident which afforded Europeans the upper hand but was still unable to have a strong, first-class female character.
Travis
World War two pilot flies through a rift in time/space and lands on an alternate earth, where history took a major turn.
Neat idea and Farmer has thought through his alternate history, but the book tends to just wander around. The ideas are good, so you go along with it for awhile, but it drags after awhile.

The ending was clever.
Jaimee
An enjoyable action/sci-fi novel about travelling through parallel universes. Two Hawks reminds me of Harrison Ford's character in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The lone, rugged explorer, versed in many different languages, and easily adaptable to his unfamiliar surroundings. My first Philip Jose Farmer book. Bonus: Cover art by Boris Vallejo
Horse N.
Meh. This was recommended to me as a time travel book. It wasn't. It's an alternate history or alternate universe story. Again, it won't challenge your brain. The only reason I liked it less than The Green Odyssey is that it was about war - just not that interesting to me.
Dan
A parallel universe story with a twist at the end. Fast moving, well written, and easy to read. I like the social commentary that Farmer throws in every now and then.
Charles
A kind of mix of Sword & Planet with other types of heroic fantasy. The adventures of a Native American hero on an alternate Earth.
Justin Macarthur
The concept behind this book held great promise but the brutal torture and cold blooded characters sucked all life out it.
Cℓinton Sheppard
A pretty good WWII parallel. Accidental meetings between characters
are pretty coincidental.
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th...more
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