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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Charles Wilson, Paul Doiron Narrator: Henry Leyva, Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America, unified, is rising once again.

Then out of Labrador come tales of the war hero "Captain Commongold." The masses follow his adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is...troubled. Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of the President's late brother Bryce--a popular general who challenged the President's power, and paid the ultimate price.

As Julian ascends to the pinnacle of power, his admiration for the works of the Secular Ancients sets him at fatal odds with the Dominion. Treachery and intrigue will dog him as he closes in on the accomplishment of his lifelong ambition: to make a film about the life of Charles Darwin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written with the eloquence and elegance of a Victorian novel, this thoughtful tale combines complex characters, rousing military adventure, and a beautifully realized, unnerving future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charming (if occasionally silly) post-apocalyptic western.”

    Washington Post

  • “Expertly handled prognostication with more than a touch of somber magnificence.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Astute, romantic, philosophical, compassionate, and often uproariously funny, Julian Comstock may be Wilson's best book yet Cory Doctorow

  • It's like Margaret Atwood meets The Wild Wild West. SciFiDimensions
  • Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller. Stephen King

  • A 2010 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
  • A 2010 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee
  • Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2010
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2010
  • Runner-up for John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Second Place, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerah | 1/31/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, lighthearted and old-timey story about the big bad future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peter | 1/31/2014

    " Really, I enjoyed the concepts of the novel. Wilson provides a very believable scene. The flaw in the book is that the characters don't feel very deep. Given that it is told in first person, this is a glaring flaw. Sometimes the characterization of the narrator works - it's written from the perspective of an older man remembering a personal history - but often it comes off as a bit one dimensional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leilani | 1/23/2014

    " Loved the style of writing, loved the subtleties of character, loved the gradually unfolding history and the terribly plausible turns it took, loved the drama of the end and the glimmer of hope after it. There was nothing I did not enjoy about this book. (Except perhaps the occasional untranslated French sentence.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura | 1/15/2014

    " This is an excellent book, well-written, that gives an interesting twist on the US and world ,at an era after all the oil in the world is used up, and after the False Tribulation, when the government and the Dominion of Jesus Christ rule,hand in hand. "

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