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Coyote Rising (Coyote Trilogy #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,633 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The continuing epic of Earth's first space colonists--and their fight against a repressive government to reclaim their world in the name of freedom.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Ace (first published 2004)
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Ben Babcock
I'd like to love Coyote Rising more; Allen Steele has created a very original tale of interstellar colonization. Unfortunately, I found the plot and the characters lacking the substance required to truly distinguish a novel, no matter how original its premise.

The first book in the series, Coyote, depicted a fantastic new world, Earth-like in so many ways yet also devastatingly alien. Even as the original colonists began to settle the planet, more ships from Earth arrived, bringing with them a so
4.0 stars. A satisfying sequel to the original Coyote. While not quite as spectacular as its predecessor, this is an excellent novel and puts the series as a whole among the top colonization works in science fiction (in my opinion). Excellent characters, terrrific world-building and a healthy does of politics. Recommended!
Michael Bates
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
I had to stop. Allen Steele lost all signal integrity to his neocortex. I'm willing to forgive many things, even minor character mistakes, but authors MUST write believable characters.

First: An android that cannot see a rainbow!? Now I suspect in the 23rd century we won't be relying on CCD or CMOS cameras for robotic eyes, but given the current technology used in robotics and believing they would not be improved up and exceptionally kick-ass by the time we can create androids... well.... that m
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I think that coyote rising is a really good book. Like I said in my other review, this series is really cool because of the idea and that all this could possibly happen. I think coyote rising is cool because they used the newest technology to travel that far, and they now have to use very primitive ways to survive on a new planet like coyote. I personally think that the war was a waste of resources, including when the Alabama blew up fort Lopez, killing thousands of people and many new technolog ...more
John Boettcher
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A more than good follow up to the first.

So many great stories to be told here on Coyote now that it is being settled. Governments to be built and challenged. The planet itself throwing things at the colonists. New, interesting, and weird characters which make you want to come back for more.

His sophmoric follow up to Coyote was more than adequate. Again, my only true criticism is that he could have made the book a bit longer and more comprehensive, but that is personal taste I guess.

If you rea
Some interesting elements added but doesn’t quiet live up to the first one, still I do want to see what comes after the revolution.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Published 2004. Second in the original series (now expanded). A little choppy with the individual character vignettes at the beginning. It says some of it was published as individual stories in "Assimov's Science Fiction" so maybe that has something to do with it. Afterwards the balance of the book flows better.
Mihai Giurgiulescu
The second installment in Allen Steele's "Coyote Trilogy" starts right where the seminal first book left off, namely the separation between the original arrivals to the one habitable moon in the Ursae Marjoris 47 star system and the subsequent waves of ill-prepared and ill-equipped colonists that follow them. This separation eventually degenerates into a planet-wide conflict as the authors spins an increasingly ambitious narrative around the clash of fundamental ideas like social collectivism an ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could quibble about a few details that don't seem logical. I could take issue with the author's technique of writing some chapters as if a different character was writing the story. None of my nitpicking should prevent anyone from reading this enjoyable series.
Robert Burns
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the settling and development of coyote, instead of a story about people who happen to be on another planet. Much better than the first book! Bat-jesus was a bit hard to get through, but it was worth it to explain bat-god.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about this amazing planet, can't wait to read the next book.
Edward III
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Taking a break before finishing off the trilogy. Good stuff, as always from Steele.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un buon romanzo nel complesso, molto "spazio: ultima frontiera" per certi versi e per certi altri un western vecchio stampo. I richiami alla Rivoluzione Americana sono molti e comprensibili anche a i non espertissimi, e in fondo Coyote Rising è proprio questo: un inno alle idee che hanno reso l'America quella che è nel senso positivo dell'accezione.
Non poteva non piacermi.
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Coyote Rising is the second SF novel in the Coyote trilogy, following Coyote itself. In the previous volume, five years after the arrival of the URSS Alabama, the WHSS Seeking Glorious Destiny Among the Stars for the Greater Good of Social Collectivism arrived in the 47 Ursae Majoris system carrying colonists and Matriarch Luisa Hernandez. After Mayor Lee met with the Matriarch on her ship, the Alabama colonists fled New Florida, leaving the town of Liberty stripped and deserted, and disappeared ...more
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some time has passed since we were last on Coyote, in the constellation 47 Ursae Majoris, with the original colonists who were suddenly descended upon by thousands of immigrants from a new and oppressive government on Earth. The original colonists fled their settlement of Liberty on the New Florida continent to cross the Great Equatorial River to another continent called Midland, where they started a hidden new settlement named Defiance. Meanwhile, Liberty has been taken over by the newly-arrive ...more
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coyote Rising (2004) 408 pages by Allen Steele.

Coyote is the fourth moon of Bear, which is the third planet orbiting 47 Ursae Majoris--Uma. In Coyote the United Republic of America (URA) sent a 100 member colony ship to Coyote. The URA wanted to make another little URA in the stars, but Captain Robert Lee and others managed to swap the colonists, and most of the crew were no longer loyal to the URA. They struggle to survive and only four years after they arrive more ships start arriving. These f
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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Steve Walker
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great continuation from Steele's Coyote series. Great science fiction mixed with survival in a primitive environment with few resources. Reminiscent of the writing and stories of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. The story flows as a great adventure but at the same time introduces the age old struggles mankind has with power and discrimination, and the battle of the haves against the have-nots. And especially the focus of attempting to force ideology and control over a group that i ...more
Chad Perrin
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this novel fairly similar to the first in the series, Coyote, in terms of how much I enjoyed it and the characteristics that limited that enjoyment. Both of them have an inconsistent, ups-and-downs kind of ability to keep me absorbed in the story. The first book, I hear, was actually collected together from short stories; the second reads like it was as well. While I mentally debated whether to give the first book three stars or four here on goodreads, ultimately settling on three, the r ...more
Alex Telander
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Almost ten years ago, when I read Coyote by Allen Steele and hailed it as a great work of science fiction and hoped he would do a sequel, little did I know it would become an ongoing series! In the first sequel to Coyote, Coyote Rising, Steele continues with his parallelism of the settling of the New World, as things begin to heat up on the world of Coyote and revolution is afoot.

With the arrival of a whole host of new colonists from a very different Earth under a new doomed socialist dictatorsh
Steve Stuart
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had the same episodic format as the prior book (and later ones) in the series -- each chapter was previously published as a standalone short story. This time around I was expecting the format, and can appreciate it more. The approach gives the book a kaleidoscopic feel; each chapter presents a view of the same general society from an entirely different perspective, and they are only loosely connected by any overarching storyline. Once you get used to viewing the chapters as self-contai ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I totally love these books. Adventure, exploration, remote locations (to put it mildly)...shifting alliances, character development, intrigue, surprise...Coyote has it all.

I love how each book is a mosaic of short stories which are stitched together, from many different voices and points of view, to form an orchestra of voices of life on this new, remote, rugged planet. There is no better venue for such a style of writing. It brings you right into the here and now of these characters, their thou
Mark Schomburg
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having read the first book of the trilogy years ago, I had to jump into this with not much memory of events. That wasn't really a setback it turns out, because most links to the past are sketched in again to a degree. I enjoyed the book for the same reasons that I found it not as satisfying as I wanted it to be, in the tone and setting of things. Planet Coyote is a lot like Earth... a lot. The time spent in the forests and terrains of Coyote is like a good backwoods adventure story you'd have on ...more
Jay Daze
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, audio-book
A fairly solid follow up to Coyote with the same enjoyable bouncing around between characters, again Steele has written interconnected stories that add up to an enjoyable novel. This book was much more conscious of its links to American history, though shouldn't it have been the war of American Independence, rather than the American Civil War? Sometimes these historical underpinnings seemed more of a crutch rather than a way to deepen the story. With the move away from settlers versus nature, th ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
The sequel to Coyote, picks up where the previous one left off, thus mitigating some of my annoyance with the ending of the previous book. Coyote has been invaded by the Western Hemisphere Union, a major power on Earth, and the original colonists have to fight a guerilla war against an increasingly despotic post-socialist regime. As before, the story is episodic in nature, with the whole derived from eight short stories. This has both advantages and disadvantages. While the thing feels cobbled t ...more
I enjoyed this second book more than the first book in the trilogy. The author has grown increasingly comfortable with this world, its characters and its conflicts. Steele gets better at knowing what NOT to say or to depict which is a skill every bit as important as sensing what must be offered up to the reader. (See my first review for general remarks on style and characterization in these Coyote novels and in SF novels in general. Not much change on this front.)

While I really did not like the
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I liked this book, better that the first of Steele's Coyote trilogy, aptly named, "Coyote." Steele continues in his description of characters that are flawed in a far away setting, as a habitable planet becaomes the source of tentions between two groups, both claiming stewardship of Coyote. This book also introduces the unforgettable Zoltan to us, the leader of a religious cult who has fangs and wings, as well as a grand sense of destiny.

You don't have to read the 1st installment, "Coyote," but
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm really liking this trilogy. Formatted as a collection of pseudo-short stories (written in fairly stand-alone chunks and from different points of view, but with enough continuity to make it a novel rather than an anthology or a collection), the Coyote trilogy is the story of the colonization of a moon in the 47 Ursa Majoris system (located in the Big Dipper). Steele does an excellent job of creating a sci-fi setting with well-developed characters and realistic limitations on technology, allow ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
What I will say about this book (2nd not 1st) is Instead of being SCI-FI genre its HISTORICAL FICTION (mostly civil war documented on coyote) genre. Big disappointment for me


Well My thought this on this book is, this is a history of Coyote and it becomes like civil war and cold war between two different faction of this human groups (countries) becomes boring and that's where this series lost me. Well I read 200 pages and got idea where its going and went into fast read
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
It really should be three and a half stars.

This series has still got a hold on me, but I am still a bit disappointed by the lack of depth to these books when it comes to its politics and some of the characters. The "collectivism" of the Western Hemisphere Union (the bad guys in this book) is barely discussed. Luisa Hernandez, the leader of the WHU is little more than a stock villain, obsessed with defeating our heroes even if it means making a series of really bad judgment calls.

I guess the reas
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Before becoming a science fiction writer, Allen Steele was a journalist for newspapers and magazines in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri, and his home state of Tennessee. But science fiction was his first love, so he eventually ditched journalism and began producing that which had made him decide to become a writer in the first place.

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