The Anguished Dawn

By James P. Hogan

After a close to omit via a white-hot protoplanet, Earth is devastated, civilisation as we all know it has ended, and the survivors are reverting to barbarism. in basic terms the Kronian colony on Saturn's moons preserves expertise and human tradition. Landen Keene, taken off the Earth prior to the catastrophe, is a key determine within the Kronian efforts to rebuild civilization on the earth. Then he unearths that different survivors from Earth leave out the facility they as soon as Wielded, and are bent on restoring the previous privileges and hierarchy, with themselves on the most sensible. And if refined tools fail, they may not hesitate to exploit the violent strategies that served them good again on Earth...

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He will be useful,” Rakki proven. “And him. ” He indicated Shingral. “His harm will mend. ” Jemmo nodded at his warriors to spare them. yet they killed Manuka, whose leg may have slowed them down an excessive amount of; additionally, one in all Jemmo’s battle get together, whose abdominal the Oldworld weapon had in some way gouged from a distance as though through a spear thrust, and who wouldn’t have lasted greater than an afternoon or . basically Screecher used to be left, glowering fearfully from the place he lay propped on an arm, blood working down onto the floor and spreading from the wound in his again. Jemmo stood over him contemptuously and raised his conflict mace. “No! ” Rakki acknowledged, relocating to intrude. “That one is mine. ” Jemmo shrugged and became to oversee the stripping of the opposite our bodies, protecting the Oldworld guns for himself to be investigated later. Rakki pulped Screecher’s physique slowly, breaking many bones. yet he stopped wanting killing him. “So who stinking puppy meat now? ” Rakki spat as he stepped again. His delight and his rage have been happy. They left Screecher there within the ravine, for the flies and the snakes and the vermin that the corpses might allure. There by no means were any cache of bullets. Jemmo had stumble upon a number of by some means, and all he knew used to be that Oldworlders might visit virtually any lengths to obtain them. Wiping out the excursion had diminished the caves’ defenders via that many. And Rakki had amassed a lot priceless details in the course of his days there. The Swamp humans attacked the caves at first light, days after the ambush – whilst Jemmo had labored out a plan yet prior to the Cavers will be alerted via the failure of Bo’s excursion to come back. They divided into battle events. the most strength, led by means of Jemmo, assaulted the rampart enclosing the realm in entrance of the caves, whereas Rakki took a secondary workforce up through a roundabout path to harass the defenders with rocks and missiles hurled from the heights above, which no one had idea to maintain guarded – one of the crucial items of data that Rakki had provided. The Cavers fought desperately, yet shocked and with their combating strength depleted, they have been crushed. The day used to be now not but midway via while the final survivors have been pushed out into the open, and Jemmo in his purple headscarf, his gory mace slung throughout a shoulder, swaggered alongside the road to pronounce his judgments. Mistameg and his speedy lieutenants have been killed, after all, either to get rid of the probability that they'd continuously have represented, and to set up Jemmo’s authority. So have been many of the final Oldworlders, on the grounds that Jemmo didn’t comprehend or belief them. That used to be why there have been none within the swamplands. He spared a number of, together with White Head, while Rakki reminded him that a few will be had to convey the key of the guns that killed from afar. additionally the ladies who weren't too outdated for childbearing. The Neffer men of combating age have been both clubbed to dying or stored to be labored based on Jemmo’s whim, reckoning on how harmful he proposal they appeared. The women have been taken as friends and slaves for the victors.

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