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Cloud Warrior (Amtrak Wars #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  686 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Ten centuries ago the Old Time ended when Earth's cities melted in the War of a Thousand Suns. Now the lethal high technology of the Amtrak Federation's underground stronghold is unleashed on Earth's other survivors - the surface-dwelling Mutes.
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Warner Books (first published February 1st 1983)
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Paul Darcy
by Partrick Tilley, published in 1983.

The Amtrak Wars Book 1: Cloud Warrior is the first of a six book series set in a post-apocalyptic USA one thousand years after the thousand suns fell - yeah, nukes.

There are two distinct societies, at least so far revealed in Cloud Warrior with hints of at least one other. One society lives underground in huge complexes and is technologically advanced. The other lives on the overground, or outside in the wilderness, and is reputed to be savage, dumb and muta
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Ruth
"c1983: Courtesy of author's website: ""After spending the first seventeen years of his life in the under-ground world of the Lone Star Confederation, Steve Brickman, a newly-trained wingman, emerges to join a Trail-Blazer wagon-train selected to make the first deep-penetration strike into the territory held by the Plainfolk Mutes. The mission is part of a centuries-old conflict for possession of the blue-sky world in which both sides have fought with the ut-most ruthlessness. Steve is aware of ...more
Donovan
The Amtrak wars is quite an epic series that spans 6 books. I read this as a teenager and found myself drawn in to it. There were many elements but I think it was the romantic elements of the characters and the adventures contained within that lured me to the series more than the overall philosophy behind the series. It grabbed my attention during a time in my life when I was quite the rebellious teenager and I think that if I read it later in life I would not have enjoyed it as much as I did. U ...more
Paul
The success of Cloud Warrior, and the rest of The Amtrak Wars for that matter, is down to a couple of things. Firstly, there is Tilley’s exquisite attention to detail when it comes to world-building. The Federation and the Mute’s separate societies have been created in such a way that their mutual hostility makes perfect sense. The enmity shared by both sides perfectly mirrors the historical bad-blood that existed between the Native American population and the settlers back in the Old West.

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Jeremy
After the first few chapters I thought I was in for one epic story about a post Apocalyptic world where humans and Mutes battle each other to survive (for reasons that I honestly still don't understand, or were never made clear). It starts off promisingly, with ace pilot Steve Brickman flying his final tests before graduation as the Mutes live their lives on the surface and fight amongst themselves.

Sadly the book did little to keep that momentum. Here's the thing: Steve Brickman is kind of a dic
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Ti Leo
Kann man gut lesen. SciFi, die in einer Welt nach dem atomaren Holocaust spielt. Viele Jahre danach. Drei verfeindete Parteien (von denen nur zwei in diesem ersten Buch einer Reihe eine Rolle spielen) bekämpfen einander. Die an der Oberfläche lebenden "Mutes", mutiert und in weiten Teilen nicht sehr helle werden immer wieder von den unterirdisch lebenden hochtechnisierten "Trackern" der Amtrak Foundation gejagt, letztlich mit dem Ziel, sie restlos auszulöschen oder zu versklaven und die Erdoberf ...more
Marilag
I'm kind of so-so on this book. Don't get me wrong, I liked certain aspects of it, but I'm a little miffed that the story hardly began in this book and things were just starting to finally pick up near the end! Most of Cloud Warrior were plants, and nothing seriously got resolved. Sure, people died, people lived, Steve escapes, Cadillac gets more understanding, and Clearwater finally starts to get some feeling in her nether-regions. Whoop de doo.

Don't get me wrong. I actually like Steve and Cadi
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KD McQuain
I kept this book, and alternated it with a few others, in the cargo pocket of my army fatigues through highschool. I still have that ratty first edition paperback and take it out to reread from time to time. Would I recommend it to a serious adult reader? Maybe not, but as a teenage boy, I loved it.
Roger
Slightly amateurish writing? Check!
Corny character names like Motor-head, Cadillac, and Black-top? Check!
Corny place names like She-Kargo and Me-Sheegun? Check!
Fun post apocalyptic setting detailing the conflict between mutants (aka Mutes) and mole-like nazis (aka Sand Burrowers)? Check!

If I gave this book a rating based solely on the quality of writing and character development...it would only get two stars. However, this book is more than the sum of its parts. For those willing to look beyond
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Justin
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Carol
It concerns a post-apocalyptic society that includes primitive mutants tribes with special powers; a high-tech, total discipline miliary society (that lives underground and travels overground in huge mobile trains and fragile glider planes) bent on exterminating the mutes, and a traditional samurai-based Japanese culture that believes higher tech (electricity, etc.) is evil but who otherwise have steam engines and rifles, etc. (and use mutes and feds as cheap labor). It is rollicking yet serious ...more
Almustafa Couch
Encouraging embarkation point for The Amtrak Wars and the realities of the post-apocalyptic world of North America.
Cydney
The four stars is for the series as a whole. I have been reading these back to back and I don't think the books stand alone, each of which I would not give more than a three as a novel. Each one carries on immediately from the previous one. I wouldn't recommend reading this without having the others to follow on with.
The story and social environment keep me reading but I find the character building lacking. It is really a one character story with any other interesting characters being very much
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Sooz
i probably would give 3.5 stars if i could. it's definitely good enough for me to want to continue with the second book.

the romantic angle - seriously? love at first sight? - felt very forced.

a of questions popped into my head -they would definitely be counted as spoilers if i stated the actual question asked regarding the reasons for certain plot devices occurring - so i'll just say there were some other weak bits. but i will most certainly keep going in the series
Nathan
America, 1000 years after World War 3. Two young bucks from the warring descendents of the bunker survivors and the radiation-mutated surface dwellers meet up. Initially hostile, they start to see a few things from the other side's point of view. But, alas, there is a prophecy involving the two cultures and (shock!) the young bucks (and the girl they both love) are central to it. I wasn't terribly impressed with this. Readable, but nothing new here. Rated M for violence. 2/5
Ashryn
A not particularly sophisticated post apocalyptic story that plays on common prejudices and is trying a bit too hard to make the point that racism and bigotry are wrong. For all that, it is entertaining and easy to read, and the quirks are worth reading the next book in the series to see what point Tilley is going to lead to. It is also really interesting to read a futuristic novel set 800 years in the future that doesn't have some version of an internet in it..
Robert Litchfield
This is one of my fav series, I've read it several times now and still love Steve and Mr Snow Cadillac and Clearwater. And the Huge wagon trains are like so cool land aircraft carriers. If you like sci fi you'd love this. It's just a great story. Enjoy it for what it does and don't try to read things that aren't there. I always hoped there would be a follow on series but no :(
Rory (Nightwyrm)
I've always wanted to read this series and am glad I got the opportunity. A good start to what looks to be a quality pulp SF series. A little trope-ish and predictable, and the regular explaining comparisons to "real world" things can be a little annoying, but a good read overall.
Nicole Ludovici
I enjoyed this - it was interesting to see the corruption of the language and the adaptations both groups of people have taken. I am interested to know more about the third group - that are former "sand-burrowers" of the Federation. I will definitely keep reading this series.
Tim
Found it again! Was searching for second hand books on the net & found this one! haden't read it for years & I really liked it when I read it so I purchased it. I am sure to give it a second read.
Jim Mcvean
This rating is for the series which is a fine read...but it kind of peters out in the final book which left me a wee bit hollow
Justine Dutch
Excellent,I've read this before but couldn't put it down even on second reading. I love the characters and the concept.
Adam
Absolutely fantastic book. Post-apocalyptic science fiction is my thing and Cloud Warrior does not disappoint.
Martin Ruff
Well written, Easy to read, Entertaining, wanted to read this since high school
Brian
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N.P. Harper
Still loved this book, it is such an influence on me and my writing.
Kate
This book was a good introduction to the series. I really enjoyed it.
Ralph Halse
My all time favourite series!
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