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Adversary (Saga of the Pliocene Exile #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  4,606 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
The fourth and culminating volume in Julian May's dazzling quartet of science-fiction novels brings to a climax the struggle for the Many-Colored Land--the Earth six million years ago--and completes the series that has become an international best-seller and multiple award nominee. Human time-travelers from the sophisticated Galactic Milieu of the twenty-second century cam ...more
ebook, 502 pages
Published April 15th 1984 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1984)
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My least favourite of the 4 Pliocene Exile books. It took me a while to get into this one, although eventually I found myself back into the flow. I have to admire the intricate nature of May’s plot and how it all ties together eventually. I did find that the sheer number of characters (not all of whom I remembered well) was part of the reason that it was slow going in the beginning. Also, the involvement of Marc Remillard was tiring to me—I was much more interested in the other humans, the Tanu ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
George R.R. Martin can suck it. Ten years before Martin started his yet unfinished Song of Ice and Fire, May's four Pliocene Exile books were published at a rate of one every year between 1981 and 1984. And they are epic. Dense and filled with grand world-building concepts and vocabulary (although tinged with a bit of anachronism in places, mostly in some out-of-date ethnic clichés), The Adversary was a solid ending to a science fiction story set six million years ago. Rest in peace, Ms. May - y ...more
Lewis Cunningham
This whole series is awesome. I would love to see a movie, even an animated movie, of the many colored land and the galactic milieu.
Roddy Williams
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Sharon Reamer
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The overall series deserves four stars, even though I've given the third and fourth book three stars. I enjoyed the continuity, the exquisite world-building, enhanced by the cool geological descriptions. The detail of the survival of the humans in the Pliocene and their various trades and specialties was also rendered more than believable. I sometimes felt I was there, with them, in the Pliocene Exile.

However, the telepathic powers plot device overshadowed all of the good things, pushing my ove
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion
Sólo me ha costado UN AÑO terminarme el último de esta saga porque era del todo necesario escribir un PUTO LIBRO MÁS del asunto este. Y mira que el final ha sido bastante satisfactorio pero la paja hasta llegar ahí, dios mío, LA PAJA. El último y el penúltimo libro podrían haberse fusionado en uno y habría sido fantástico y no este chicle gastado y repartido por las suelas de todos los zapatos de Plioceno.

Me enfada que los autores no sepan terminar sus sagas, pero me enfada todavía más que inten
David Meiklejohn
The conclusion of the saga. Felice has been zapped, but she seems to have d-jumped to fry Marc in the final milliseconds of her life. As Marc recovers he tries the obscure manoeuvre himself. Aiken faces and subsumes Mercy and then Nodonn, leaving himself in a vulnerable state as the grand tourney approaches and the Firvulag plan for Nightfall. Elizabeth tries to help but doesn't know what her destiny should be.

A fantastic finale! I can't recommend this series enough, the writing is immense, cha
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's good, but not as good as the rest of the series.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The weakest of the four books, but still enjoyable enough. I guess I just don't like Marc's character as much as most of the others.
jacob delrie
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series!

Thrilling series like all Julian books. Great characters doing lots of fun, scary stuff. Read the whole set of Galactic Pliocene stories
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Julian May was an American science fiction, fantasy, horror, science and children's writer who also used several pseudonyms including Ian Thorne, Lee N. Falconer and many others.
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Other Books in the Series

Saga of the Pliocene Exile (4 books)
  • The Many-Coloured Land (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #1)
  • The Golden Torc (Saga of the Pliocene Exile, #2)
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