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Dies the Fire

Dies the Fire

Written By:S. M. Stirling - 2004

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What happens when the lights go out... for good?

The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all eletronic devices and firearms inoperable—and plunged the world into a dark age humanity was unprepared to face...

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident...

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis...

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest...


"One of the best books I've read in years." —John Ringo, Author of Into the Looking Glass

"A powerful, convincing adventure with a large cast of ordinary and extraordinary people. Don't miss it." —Harry Turtledove

Praise for S.M. Stirling Dies the Fire

"Dies the Fire kept me reading till five in the morning so I could finish at one great gulp. It's an alarmingly large speculation: How would we fare if we suddenly had the past 250 years and more of technological progress taken away from us? No more electricity. No more internal-combustion engines. No more gunpowder or other explosives. All gone, vanished in the blink of an eye... Don't miss it." —Harry Turtledove

"Gritty, realistic, apocalyptic, yet a grim hopefulness pervades it like a fog of light. The characters are multidimensional, unusual, and so very human. Buy Dies the Fire. Sell your house, sell your soul, get the book. You won't be sorry." —John Ringo, Author of Into the Looking Glass

"By ringing a clever change on his Island in the Sea of Time, S. M. Stirling gives himself a broad canvas on which to display his talent for action, extrapolation, and depiction of the brutal realities of life in the absence of civilized norms." —David Drake, author of The Far Side of the Stars

"A stunning speculative vision of a near-future bereft of modern conveniences but filled with human hope and determination. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"The Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Wilds of Idaho are depicted with loving care, each swale and tree rendered sharply. The smell of burning cities, the aftermath of carnage, the odor and sweat of horses—Stirling grounds his action in these realities with the skill of a Poul Anderson... Postapocalypse novels often veer either too heavily into romantic Robinsoniads or nihilistic dead ends. But Stirling has struck the perfect balance between grit and glory." —Science Fiction Weekly

"Stirling shows that while our technology influence the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel's dual themes—myth and technology—should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to technothriller fans." —Publishers Weekly

"Fans of apocalyptical thrillers like Stephen King's The Stand will find Dies the Fire absolutely riveting... a fantastic epic work." —Midwest Book Review

"Dies the Fire has all the attributes of a good old tale—interesting characters, a good plot, conflict and resolution—and leaves the reader with a desire to know more. There are battles, romances, heroines. As with the tales of old, there are lessons we can interpret with meaning to our own lives. The story gives and insight into how heroes and legends come into being... In some ways, reading Dies the Fire is like finding out what the Witches from the Mists of Avalon might be like all these years later... I'd recommend Dies the Fire for anyone who likes a good tale." —Kate West, author of The Real Witches' series

"The character developement is excellent... I found myself devouring every page as quickly as I could. I enjoyed the thrill of a world in which so many things we take for granted are gone... For fans of 'what if,' this is a must read." SFRevu

"A fine novel that moves rapidly along and keeps you hooked until the wee hours." —Bewildering Stories




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