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Cloud Warrior (Amtrak Wars #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  909 Ratings  ·  36 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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Aug 03, 2016 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of futuristic dystopia
i stumbled into this series quite by accident. I was browsing the wonderful Coa's Used Books in Las Cruces while on vacation when the cover of First Family caught my eye with its armored train. Since that is the second book in the series I put it down and bought Cloud Warrior instead. Its cover was intriguing as well with a pair of Native Americans fighting a pair of guys in space suits.

The story started off a bit slow in my opinion, probably because the world building lasted longer than I expec
C.J. Whitley
Jun 14, 2016 C.J. Whitley rated it it was amazing
My first review. Not wanting it to be wasted on whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment, I have decided to review Cloud Warrior, book 1 of the AMTRAK Wars. I read this (quickly followed by the rest of the series) when I was about 12 years old. I was already an avid reader and had a great and growing appreciation for fiction. I’d read fantasy (such as the original Shannara trilogy by T. Brooks), I’d read Sci-Fi, (such as the Dorsai books by Gordon Dickson, and several Asimov books).

Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Feb 23, 2016 Ayesha rated it really liked it
Pretty hard core science fiction this series :-) based on a post nuclear world, where half the planet's population lives below ground and has infinite technological resources, but are controlled by the first family (all Jeffersons/Washingtons) - all but the first family have had some sort of mental conditioning to follow orders. The other half live above ground and have resistance to radiation (or do they - is the radiation story a farce to keep the other half underground.. oooh time will tell) ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so it's another post-apocalyptic story and the humans are getting to the stage where they can start seriously fighting each other again, which is where most of these stories start of course.
The story follows the two main groups, the underground humans who live in a technological big brother type society, venturing above land to claim more territory and attack the other group the mutants. These are the remnants of society which have adapted to have huge stamina and survivability, yet they hav
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
"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
Mar 21, 2012 Donovan rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
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
Oct 16, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
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.

Aug 02, 2013 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2013 Ti rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 29, 2011 Marilag rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, fantasy, 2011-reads, war
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
K.D. McQuain
Mar 07, 2014 K.D. McQuain rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2013 Roger rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
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 would only get two stars. However, this book is more than the sum of its parts. For those willing to look beyond
Sep 06, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
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Jun 09, 2009 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Andries van Wyk
Feb 21, 2015 Andries van Wyk rated it liked it
Old school sci-fi. An interesting read, with a very predictable plot, but it is one of those that makes you want to see how exactly it happens.
Ian G
Aug 04, 2015 Ian G rated it really liked it
This series got off to a great start, unfortunately by book 6 it had really lost its way (as had the author) and remains unfinished.
Heavy on the exposition, too much telling not showing. Found it difficult to engage with. Will not continue with this series.
Almustafa Couch
May 12, 2014 Almustafa Couch rated it liked it
Encouraging embarkation point for The Amtrak Wars and the realities of the post-apocalyptic world of North America.
Mar 31, 2013 Cydney rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2016 Wayne rated it really liked it
Great start to the series; interesting view of the future and posed enough questions to make me come back for more. Will start the second book immediately!
Jul 01, 2013 Sooz rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it it was ok
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
Sep 20, 2011 Ashryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
May 22, 2012 Rory (Nightwyrm) rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Nov 07, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
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.
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
Nov 10, 2012 Jim Mcvean rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2013 Justine Dutch rated it it was amazing
Excellent,I've read this before but couldn't put it down even on second reading. I love the characters and the concept.
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