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The 13th Immortal

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
“Who was your father?” the mutant asked Dale Kesley. And try as he might, Kesley could not remember; his past was an utter blank. But he knew one thing—the answer to his life’s riddle lay in Antarctica, the once-frozen continent, now an earthly paradise surrounded by an impenetrable barrier.

But how to get there? The only means of transportation were the spindly six-legged
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Cosmos Books (first published 2004)
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400 years or so after a nuclear cataclysm, survivors live basic lives under the rule of 12 immortal dukes. THe world is divided up and technology is not allowed. Only the 13th immortal, the Duke of Antartica is sealed off from the rest of the world.

Dale is disatisfied with his life toiling in the soil and one day a stranger shows up to take him to Antarctica, only they don't make it and he is manipulated and hunted by two Dukes not understanding why. Of course, the why is that he threatens the
Dale Kesley was a simple farmer in the Iowa province of the North American empire when van Arlen found him. He'd been looking for the young man for four years and came to take him to Antarctica. Coincidentally, Dale couldn't remember much of his life before four years before.

Antarctica is the thirteenth empire set up after the world had nearly destroyed itself in a nuclear war. In order to recover and rebuild the world had agreed to a simpler life. Except Antarctica. It had erected a barrier aro
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The 13th Immortal is one of Robert Silverberg's earliest novels, and though it's not considered one of his great works, I certainly enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to those who like short science fiction novels from the 1950s. It's a post-apocalyptic story about twelve immortals who have divided most of the world among themselves into separate Empires, leaving a few other places to whoever claims them. Those few key other spaces include a mutant city, a computerized city with no human inh ...more
Michael Tildsley
While I thought this novel was okay, I could see that it was the work of a young writer. The plot moves erratically at times, with glaring details missing, and characters created and then neglected.

Also, it might just have been in my edition, but, especially in the beginning, there were several typos present. The most glaring of which was the misspelling of the main character's last name (Kelsey vs Kesley).

I still think the premise and the world created are pretty good, I just wish the present
Aug 16, 2013 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
It would be interesting to see what this book would read like if Dave Duncan, OSC, or Nancy Farmer delivered against the same plot line and characters .
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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