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Race the Red Horizon: the Flight of the Pteronaut

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No air. No water. No weapons. The Pteronaut is running for his life.
Race the Red Horizon tells a tale of survival against impossible odds as the Pteronaut, a lone wanderer across a dead desert landscape, is hunted by the Crawler, an ancient and unstoppable machine.
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published March 23rd 2016 by Brandyke Books
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Jason Pym
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Coming to this from Jones' YA novel Thalassa this was an unexpected change of pace; Race the Red Horizon is completely different in style and story.

The protagonist, known only as the 'pteronaut' (flying man), is pursued for 240 pages across red desert by a sentient vehicle called the 'Crawler'.

That's it.

That's the entire plot, no names, no dialogue, and all written in a stripped down, no frills style. To further distance the reader, the few characters who do appear - the pteronaut and the
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Faith Jones
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The literature of descriptive escape was defined in 1968 by the novel Figures in a Landscape, by Barry England and the sub-genre without that iconic piece would be like a Japanese silk print missing Mount Fuji. Pushing the mountain aside for a minute, heave, this book is the best novel before or since in the literature of descriptive escape. Just to be clear, this is an astounding accomplishment for an independent author and it is also the first time I’ve ever seen this done properly in sci-fi.

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Sue
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Intriguing and clever futuristic tale of a cat-and-mouse chase across a cold, dry, red desert. The 'hunter' is a gigantic, ancient, self-aware machine and the 'prey' is a man (the un-named pteronaut) who has the most amazing technologically-advanced suit and wing-pack.

The whole tale is told 'in the present' and there is little back story for either protagonist, although there are many clues and hints throughout as to why this world became the way it is - a cold, dead, almost lifeless planet. The
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Diane
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to like this book but in the end I couldn’t finish it.
Catherine Griffin
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A malevolent machine pursues a lone man across a desert planet.

The plot’s simple to describe: the protagonist (unnamed) is for some reason being chased by a huge sentient tank-like vehicle, which relentlessly pursues him across a lifeless desert landscape. Along the way some hints are dropped about how things got this way, but much is left to the reader’s imagination.

This is an engaging story, beautifully written and very readable, evocative and intriguing. Personally, I would have liked the
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Stan Morris
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This could very well become a cult classic. After a few chapters I became annoyed. Where was the story? After a few more chapters I was captivated. The chase is the story, and as the chase continues the land of the Pteronaut and Crawler is unleashed, unfolded, in all it's grim glory.
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M. Jonathan Jones spends his time commuting between this world and many others inside his head. When not being chased across the dead red deserts by sentient machines, discovering hidden threats in the Deeps, or hunting frost giants across the Nine Realms, he enjoys avoiding other people. In this reality, he lives in England with his family. (profile pic is not actually me, but Mr Raccoon from ...more