The Forever Hero (Forever Hero Series #1-3)

The Forever Hero (Forever Hero Series #1-3)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr's first major work was a trilogy of SF adventure novels published as paperback originals in the 1980s: Dawn for a Distant Earth, The Silent Warrior, and In Endless Twilight. Together they form The Forever Hero.

Thousands of years in the future, Earth is a desolate ruin. The first human ship to return in millennia discovers an abandoned wasteland inhabited only by a few degenerate or mutated human outcasts. But among them is a boy of immense native intelligence and determination who is captured, taken in, and educated, and disappears—to grow up to become the force behind a plan to make Earth flower again. He is, if not immortal, at least very long-lived, and he plans to build an independent power base out in the galaxy and force the galactic empire to devote centuries and immense resources to the restoration of the ecology of Earth.

A shocking novel of what could happen if the fanatical defense of the environment crossed the line into deadly terror. When environmental consultant Jack McDarvid's boss is killed in a shootout near the Capitol, McDarvid becomes enmeshed in a diabolical plot behind the scenes of the environmental movement.

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Saga of Recluce

The Imager Portfolio

The Corean Chronicles

The Spellsong Cycle

The Ghost Books

The Ecolitan Matter

The Forever Hero

Timegod's World

Other Books

The Green Progression

Hammer of Darkness

The Parafaith War


Gravity Dreams

The Octagonal Raven

Archform: Beauty

The Ethos Effect


The Eternity Artifact

The Elysium Commission

Viewpoints Critical


Empress of Eternity

The One-Eyed Man

Solar Express

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312868383
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/02/1999
Series: Forever Hero Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.65(d)

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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In the west wing of the tower of time, abandoned as it is by the keepers of the clock, lies an ancient key. Not an impressive long steel shaft is this key, but a small volume, a compendium of pages enameled against the ravages of the decades and the centuries.

The book has no title, no preface, no table of contents, nor any title embossed on its black spine, nor even printed pages evenly matched and marching end to end.

What is it, you ask?

That question must hold for another. The other question? What is the tower of time? For there are no towers left on Old Earth, only the rambling farms, the sweep of grass, the ramparts of the west mountains, and a few score towns nestled into their restored places in history. There is only a single shuttle field…without a tower.

This tower of time rears backward into history, not into the dark starred nights that are so cold to one used to the light-strewn nights on planets that once belonged to the Empire. Backward into history, you say? How far?

Far enough. Back to the time when purple landspouts raged the high plains, back to the time when boulders fell like rain, and when the devilkids were the only beings who dared to run the hillocks outside the shambletowns.…

Yes, that far. Back to the days of the captain.…

The Myth of the Rebuilding

Alarde D'Lorina

New Augusta, 4539 N.E.C.

This book consists of the novels Dawn for a Distant Earth, copyright © 1987 by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.,

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Forever Hero (Forever Hero Series #1-3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
The_Seeker_Veritas More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story compromised by a sloppy scanning job. There are hundreds of not thousands of typos caused by scanning errors. After a bit you can actually read along and ignore the errors, which start to look something, like a foreign language. Occasionally the scanner software will slip in a real word as a bad guess with comic results. If you are interested in the story, buy the paperback...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book in paperback and have read it once before. I bought this eBook version to read on the road. Like most of Modesitt's works, this has an amazing story, and it has a rich backstory and one of the grandest scopes of any series short of Asimov's "Foundation" (after all, it IS called the "Forever Hero"). However, all the praise must be tempered by the letdown inherent in this eBook copy. A simple proofread with basic find/replace editing would have made this a MUCH easier read. Many simple, common words could have been repaired from the mis-scanned butchery in this copy. I wouldn't have such a problem with this if the eBook cost less than an actual physical copy. If they can take the time to proof a physical copy before printing it, they sure as heck could spare the time for a digital copy that would net FAR more profit. This is inexcusable, and I can only hope that this isn't going to be the norm for B&N's eBooks.
J__P More than 1 year ago
While I am in no way qualified to actually break down and analyze the different aspects of the novel, I was disappointed and irritated by the editing. I don't know whether it was only the ebook version or not, but almost every time the letters "t" and "i" were paired together in a word it was changed to "d". I may be missing some writing style or theme that would involve having to give those words a double take, but I doubt it. I think rather that this is an example of poor quality control on the part of the publisher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine gave me a fairly used copy of 'In Endless Twilight' several years ago. As I read it, I found myself caught up in the life of 'The Forever Hero', sometimes wishing I was him and other times very glad that I am not. And although I can recall the ending of the story well, I am very interested in learning of our hero's origin. Therefore, I was very happy to find that the trilogy has been reprinted.
Gary7 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Reminds me a lot of EE "Doc" Smiths Lensman series, with a more modern take. Gerswin is just a great character and the way he ends up is exactly how I believe any real person in his shoes would end up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not much on the SciFi stuff, but after reading the Recluce series, I gave this a read. It was great! I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading the entire trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about how one person,by circumstance, explores the good and bad sides of a far distant and diferent world than the one we live in today. It has to do with the life of one unloved and persicuted boy who lifts and carries a people on his back. He becomes the stuff of legend and carries the reader along for the ride.
Alixtii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting, very Modesitt-esque--all the standard tropes are in play here as always--but in the end I wonder what the point of it all was. Not his best work, but not painful to read either--it was all very exciting to read while it lasted.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually have the 3 individual books, not the compilation. I saw a bunch of the second book around, but it took me years to get all 3. The compilation came out shortly after I did. Excellent story, good writing.
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Actually i am not anymore.
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The series is combined into one eBook most likely because it is not one of Modessit's best selling series. If you are a Sierra Club member or a ecoradical, you will love it. It is an interesting read, however
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