by Allen Steele
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016822
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Allen Steele takes us back to Coyote in the first book in a new story arc where an alien ambassador gives a human a gift that will change the course of history - an AI version of the spiritual teachings of "Sa-Tong-ta" the way of life followed by sentient races throughout the galaxy. The recipient of the gift is an unlikely choice, a man with nothing to live for, but what it awakens in him may be what all of humanity needs to rise beyond self-destruction...if they don't wind up killing the messenger first. From official release/information:
Product Description: The planet of Coyote has become the last, best hope of humankind, but it has also become the principal point of contact with the hjadd, the alien race encountered by a European starship many years earlier. Although the hjadd have built an embassy near the original colony, they remain a mystery.
And as the colonists make preparations to explore the rest of the new world, ex-convict Hawk Thompson discovers more about the hjadd than anyone has learned before—and his knowledge will change human history…