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Until the arrival of Aiken Drum, the 100,000 humans who had fled backward in time to Pliocene exile on Earth knew little but slavery to the Tanu, the humanoid aliens who came from another galaxy. But King Aiken's rule is precarious, for the Tanu's twisted brethren are secretly maneuvering to bring about his downfall. Worse, Aiken is about to confront a man of incredibly poUntil the arrival of Aiken Drum, the 100,000 humans who had fled backward in time to Pliocene exile on Earth knew little but slavery to the Tanu, the humanoid aliens who came from another galaxy. But King Aiken's rule is precarious, for the Tanu's twisted brethren are secretly maneuvering to bring about his downfall. Worse, Aiken is about to confront a man of incredibly powerful talents who nearly overthrew a galactic rule. He is Marc Remillard. Call him...The Adversary....

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Number of Pages : 470 Pages
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Adversary Reviews

  • Wanda
    2019-06-20 06:25

    My least favourite of the 4 Pliocene Exile books. It took me a while to get into this one, although eventually I found myself back into the flow. I have to admire the intricate nature of May’s plot and how it all ties together eventually. I did find that the sheer number of characters (not all of whom I remembered well) was part of the reason that it was slow going in the beginning. Also, the involvement of Marc Remillard was tiring to me—I was much more interested in the other humans, the Tanu and the Firvulag and their various plots and plans. Looking back, I realize that there was much less attention paid to the ancient environment and extinct animals in this book than in the others, and since that was one of the best parts of the series for me, it stands to reason that this book would be less appealing. I also missed the firey Felice and so many others who perished en route to this installment of the tale. (Perhaps George R.R. Martin learned a thing or two about killing off beloved characters from Ms. May?)A satisfactory conclusion to a really good tale. Many of my questions have been answered, although I think Ms. May has left herself some wiggle room to continue on at some future point, should she hear the Many Colored Land calling to her again.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-22 00:21

    George R.R. Martin can suck it. Ten years before Martin started his yet unfinished Song of Ice and Fire, May's four Pliocene Exile books were published at a rate of one every year between 1981 and 1984. And they are epic. Dense and filled with grand world-building concepts and vocabulary (although tinged with a bit of anachronism in places, mostly in some out-of-date ethnic clichés), The Adversary was a solid ending to a science fiction story set six million years ago. Rest in peace, Ms. May - your books still bring me joy after all these years.

  • Lewis Cunningham
    2019-06-05 03:07

    This whole series is awesome. I would love to see a movie, even an animated movie, of the many colored land and the galactic milieu.

  • Roddy Williams
    2019-06-01 05:26

    ‘The Firvulag are rising, while the children of the metapsychic rebels race to reopen the time-gate, the sole escape route back into the Galactic Milieu.Now the adversary takes up his destined role in the power play… Marc Remillard, defeated leader of the metapsychic rebellion determined to keep the time-gate sealed and to create a new race from his own offspring. Will he aid the Firvulag or bring succour to Aiken, when the day of the Grand Tourney comes, when the Tanu and the humans meet the Firvulag in the last great contest of the exile world…’Blurb from the 1984 Pan paperback editionMay rounds off her Pliocene quadrology with panache in ‘The Adversary’Aiken Drum is attempting to hold his kingdom together while the Firvulag are rising, convinced by ancient Duat prophecy that the Nightfall War is about to begin, the final battle to oblivion between the Tanu and the Firvulag.The central figure of the prophecy, The Adversary, is seen as Marc Remillard, who has sailed from his exile in Pliocene Florida back to Europe in order to prevent his children reopening the Time Gate and escaping back to the Twenty-Second Century.As a result of having nearly been killed by Felice when she teleported to America, Marc is slowly learning how to ‘D-Jump’ himself, and begins to appear to the Metapsychic Grandmaster Elizabeth Orme where he helps her to ‘cure’ the black-torc babies (i.e. babies who cannot adjust to the mind-enhancing torc).It transpires that a metapsychic programme is able to not only cure the children but raise them to metapsychic operancy.Once again, May manages to combine the fantasy settings with complete 22nd Century science quite seamlessly, and one has to ask how much she was influenced by the Science fantasy boom of the Seventies and writers such as Moorcock, M John Harrison and Jack Vance.There are certainly echoes of their work here. Where these writers often set their civilisations of decadent technology on a Far Future Earth, May takes us back to the Pliocene of six million years ago, but the trappings are the same. The Tanu and the Firvulag are, after all, merely elves and goblins, trolls and ogres with a technology so advanced it appears to be magic. Where May triumphs is in linking her world so directly to our near future and creating a structure in which the narrative returns to the future and, to a certain extent, comes full circle to where it began.Finally, it is revealed, although it has been hinted at within previous volumes, that the human race are descendants of all three races, which is why Humanity ends up possessing such a huge metapsychic potential.

  • Sharon Reamer
    2019-06-12 02:23

    The overall series deserves four stars, even though I've given the third and fourth book three stars. I enjoyed the continuity, the exquisite world-building, enhanced by the cool geological descriptions. The detail of the survival of the humans in the Pliocene and their various trades and specialties was also rendered more than believable. I sometimes felt I was there, with them, in the Pliocene Exile. However, the telepathic powers plot device overshadowed all of the good things, pushing my overall enjoyment of the series down somewhat. I felt it got out of hand and would have liked a more 'mundane' solution to some of the problems between the different races: human, Tanu and Firvulag (including Howlers), and some conclusions about the mixed bloods influencing human evolution - that was never really satisfactorily explained (or I missed it).Many of my problems with the telepathic nature of the various antagonists and protagonists was that some things were just 'too easily' solved because of this. Character A has an insurmountable problem that Character B helps him/her solve using his/her superior telepathic (insert specific type of power here) skills.The series ended rather calmly, but it did have a solid ending so I can't complain too much.

  • M
    2019-05-27 05:05

    Sólo me ha costado UN AÑO terminarme el último de esta saga porque era del todo necesario escribir un PUTO LIBRO MÁS del asunto este. Y mira que el final ha sido bastante satisfactorio pero la paja hasta llegar ahí, dios mío, LA PAJA. El último y el penúltimo libro podrían haberse fusionado en uno y habría sido fantástico y no este chicle gastado y repartido por las suelas de todos los zapatos de Plioceno.Me enfada que los autores no sepan terminar sus sagas, pero me enfada todavía más que intenten muñir la vaca hasta el hartazgo.May tiene buenas ideas, pero no sabe narrar, no sabe mantener el ritmo y encima, vuelve OOC a sus personajes: Remillard y Aiken llevan 3 libros actuando como psicópatas, pero de repente son todo bondad y flower power. Y ese final con Elizabeth?? De la nada?? Recomendable el 1o, quizás el 2o, pero huid del 3o y saltaros el 70% del 4o hasta llegar al final.

  • David Meiklejohn
    2019-05-24 22:02

    The conclusion of the saga. Felice has been zapped, but she seems to have d-jumped to fry Marc in the final milliseconds of her life. As Marc recovers he tries the obscure manoeuvre himself. Aiken faces and subsumes Mercy and then Nodonn, leaving himself in a vulnerable state as the grand tourney approaches and the Firvulag plan for Nightfall. Elizabeth tries to help but doesn't know what her destiny should be. A fantastic finale! I can't recommend this series enough, the writing is immense, characters are great and visualisations amazing.I just wanted Felice to last a bit longer.

  • Shelly
    2019-06-15 23:12

    It's good, but not as good as the rest of the series.

  • Gunnar
    2019-06-02 01:59

    The weakest of the four books, but still enjoyable enough. I guess I just don't like Marc's character as much as most of the others.

  • jacob delrie
    2019-05-23 04:13

    Love this series!Thrilling series like all Julian books. Great characters doing lots of fun, scary stuff. Read the whole set of Galactic Pliocene stories

  • Charlie Devlin
    2019-05-28 02:04

    A satisfying ending to the best space opera I've ever read.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-06-04 00:10

    Originally published on my blog here in October 1998.In the final book of the Saga of the Exiles series, the rebel metapsychic Marc Remeillard plays a large part; the title of the novel itself is one of his nicknames. His children, and the others of their generation, inhabiting the small settlement set up by the rebels, have gone to Europe, with the intention of setting up a copy of the time gate at the Pleistocene end so that they can return to the future. They were too young to have been involved in the rebellion, and hope for acceptance by the Concilium which rules the human polity.Marc, however, has his own plans for them The roots of his disagreement with the Concilium were his plans for Mental Man, an entity purely of the mind. He wanted to accelerate human evolution to achieve this, using his own genes as a basis (as a member of the strongest human family of metapsychics, with a unique gene giving self-rejuvenation, he was a not unreasonable choice). But the death of his wife in the fighting occasioned by his refusal to accept the Concilium decision to discontinue his research led to a psychological infertility (his germ plasm no longer appeared to be fertile). Thus his plans relied on the availability of germ plasm from his children, hence his determination not to let them travel six million years into the future. He has been unable to bring himself to tell them, partly because he doesn't know what he would do in case of refusal, and partly because he hopes he himself might recover.Naturally, the various factions with political interest in the Many-Coloured Land all wish to explot this scenario for their own ends. This provides the main interest of the novel.

  • Andreas
    2019-05-23 05:25

    The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering. A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. But it is a one-way trip. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided. The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile. * The Many-Coloured Land * The Golden Torc * The Nonborn King * The AdversaryThese can be read as a standalone series, but who would want to stop there?The “bridge” book deals with first contact and the emergence of humans with “supernatural” powers such as telekinesis. * Intervention. In the US edition this was divided into “Intervention: Surveillance” and “Intervention: Metaconcert”.The Galactic Milieu Trilogy deals with events after humanity has entered the galactic community. * Jack the Bodiless * Diamond Mask * MagnificatWhat surprised me as I finally finished the whole thing was how May had meticulously planned the entire arc from the very beginning, with elements important to the last novels referenced in the first. This lends the whole series a sense of completion rare in such works. Considering the fact that it took over 12 years to write, the achievement is even more impressive.The characters are amazing, with rich depths and particular quirks that blend in well with the evolving destiny of humankind. The settings, especially in Exiles are fabulous.Unfortunately, the US covers are beyond awful, but don’t be put off by that. Also unfortunately, the books are out of print, but can be easily found second hand.

  • Sara Daigle
    2019-05-31 03:12

    Yum....finished a long time favorite!

  • prcardi
    2019-05-29 00:05

    Storyline: 2/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 2/5World: 2/5This series has the distinction of making every subsequent volume worse than the one before. Despite having 1,748 pages in which to develop the Pliocene, I never felt that I got to know the Many-Colored Land. We were immersed in politics and war, distracted with minor romances and side-quests, and pelted with PK technobabble, Latin and French, but the only feeling I got for the land was that the mountains were taller and the fauna more saurian. I don't think the book would have been all that different were it to have taken place in the Galactic Milieu or in Duat. May set up the Pliocene Exile well; there was great potential at the end of book one. Unfortunately, she suspended her worldbuilding efforts thereafter and it was more of a court intrigue and warring factions series thereafter. I think May was at her best when starting new ideas. She very rarely saw them through to satisfactory completion however and instead jumped on to something new. It was clear by midway through this final volume, that the Adversary was as much a bridge to the spin-off Galactic Milieu trilogy as it was a finale to the Saga of the Pliocene Exile series.

  • isab099
    2019-05-26 22:17

    I have re-read these for the first time in 20 years and am still in love with them. Now I know where those half-remembered characters that have haunted me for years came from.May is a brilliant story spinner and devotes her entire talent to dialogue and tension, while the action seems to take a second place. At times May uses a very few words to leave a blistering image in your mind for all time. Be prepared re-read some passages many times to pick out all the detail and implications. Marc's attack on the Castle Gateway, for example, is really the nexus of all the threads across the entire series, hundreds of pages culminating in just half a dozen casual lines. I read it, then read it again, and again, building layer upon layer of detail for myself. My mind was in the same state of shock as the casualties must have been... Wait! Did that just happen? Where's the King? Is he ok... no he can't be...We don't need sterile totalities dribbled into our brains with nothing left for us to do but watch, or flat bland worlds with no detail. We need our minds to be exercised for us so that we can cope with, and explore, elaborate, well delivered punches from masters like May.

  • Chak
    2019-06-10 04:07

    I enjoyed this book, and thought the Pliocene Series was wonderful overall, but I definitely thought this book was the weakest of the four. In addition to losing so many interesting characters, I really wanted the book to end a different way. In fact, I had the ending I wanted to read all worked out in my head half-way through the second book (The Golden Torc), based on something early on in the first book (The Many-Coloured Land). KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......Don't read further if you don't want to find out what DID NOT happen at the end of the series....KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......KIND OF A SPOILER BELOW......Don't you think it would have ROCKED if Karl Josef RIchter, the first (and very insistent) exile who demanded to step through the Guderian device, had either shown up somewhere in the series OR BETTER YET was actually an older Aiken Drum or a much, much, much, much (times about 5.9 million) older Mark Remillard?

  • Craig McMahon
    2019-06-03 23:16

    Julian May is a genius.A genius with words: every other page has me reaching for a dictionary. Caracoles, anyone? Taboret? Gimcrack? Breechclout? What education produced such a voluminous vocabulary?A genius at world-building. I gave up on the first book in the series after some flowery medieval-sounding language that sounded a little too "fantasy" for me (I've always thought myself the hard sci-fi fan) and yet here I am a couple of months after picking it up again in desperation, just finished with the fourth and final volume. What finally sucked me in but the enormously complex cast of characters in a universe so alive with detail that it seemed to exist outside of the pages?A great book, though the finest in the series may have been the first, perhaps because of its more likeable cast.

  • Jim
    2019-05-29 04:12

    (view spoiler)[I thought this book was pretty average. It felt too long, but in spite of its length it left a couple of plot strings dangling badly. One was that she took a major character, Felice, out of thestory but rather than killing her left her in sort of limbo. There was also this subplot about two infants that apparently were destined to do something but never did. These were dwelled on in book 3 at considerable length but never mentioned at all in book 4. The author may have been trying to tie this series into another. If so, the connection was not obvious and I never read it. The author's style was average, not impressing me one way or the other. I did like the setting and some of the characterizations. The story showed a lot of imagination but overall it was not a very satisifying read.(hide spoiler)]

  • Chris Branch
    2019-06-10 04:04

    I was surprised at how much I had forgotten about this book. I have to admit that the lengthy subplots involving the misadventures of Tony Wayland and the climb up Monte Rosa were probably the least interesting part of the series for me, which may have contributed to its forgettableness. But this also may have made it even more enjoyable as a reread - for example, I didn't remember what happened to Basil when he reached the top of the mountain, so that was a nice surprise. And to be honest I didn't recall exactly how everything sorted itself out at the end. The parts involving the strongest characters, Aiken, Elizabeth, and Marc, were the most engaging, bringing the central story to a solid and satisfying end for the Pliocine saga. Looking forward to rereading the Milieu books next.

  • Nick
    2019-05-20 22:22

    The series' epic conclusion, everything takes on a grander scale. Characters enjoy more power, and near their goals. I was left with questions, intentionally I believe, that make me want to continue to the sub-series that prequels this one.My favorite part of this book, and the series to be honest, is the characters. May's genius seems most apparent in the plot and the fantastic science fictional ideas, but as the series progressed I found myself loving the diversity among and within the characters. It seemed that they changed more in this final book than any others, giving them a very dynamic feel.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-06-03 23:10

    Everything comes to a head in this book. Aiken is consolidating his power as King, bringing together the Howlers, Lowlives and surviving Tanu. The Firvulag are keen to bring about the Nightfall war, but on their own terms, and the North American 'children' only want to return to the future. But Marc is a threat to them all and with powerful machines on his side, he may get exactly what he wants. This is the last book in the Saga and almost as enjoyable as the others. I was slightly let down by the ending, not sure I understood Marc's actions right at the crucial moment, but the rest was as superb as ever. Almost a shame that I've finished reading it.

  • Graham
    2019-06-21 04:05

    Oh, I am so pleased I didn't chuck these books out. The Marc Remillard - Elizabeth - Aiken - Creyn relationships were written fantastically, the tension between Marc and Cloud and Hagan provided an interesting backdrop to the rebuilding of the Guderian device, the urbane calmness of Basil, the anachronistic Native American charm of Burke, the tragic love story of Tony Wayland and Rowane (well, I say tragic....), magic, science, language (where did Julian May get Anatoly's phrases from)A rollicking good read with a variety of writing styles, fantastic creations, and a plot that has been crafted, researched, thought about.Great fun.

  • Ward Bond
    2019-05-29 04:59

    Product Description The fourth and final volume of The Saga of Pliocene Exile.Until the arrival of Aiken Drum, the 100,000 humans who had fled backward in time to Pliocene exile on Earth knew little but slavery to the Tanu -- the humanoid aliens who came from another galaxy. But King Aiken's rule is precarious, for the Tanu's twisted bretheren are secretly maneuvering to bring about his downfall. Worse -- Aiken is about to confront a man of incredibly powerful Talents who nearly overthrew a galactic rule. He is Marc Remillard. Call him . . . The Adversary.

  • Riley Olson
    2019-05-25 00:28

    When I don't like a series, I quit reading it. So the fact that I finished this series should say something - the writing and the pace were strong enough to keep my interest. Having said that, my optimism for the last book was only partially rewarded. There were some twists and turns at the end, and most plot lines were wrapped up nicely...but the epic scale had me anticipating bigger reveals, bigger conflicts, etc. The denouement felt calculated and efficient rather than grandiose and meaningful.

  • Alan Denham
    2019-06-06 01:21

    This is the fourth in the Saga of the Exiles. Do not try to read them out of order! The whole saga is an enormous work, four large volumes, and there are four more that form a sequel (The Intervention).It would not be appropriate to review this separately (without inserting spoilers) so I shall refrain. Since it is essential that readers start with volume 1, go read my review of volume 1 here. Enjoy!

  • CD
    2019-06-15 05:04

    The book almost fails as a story with the tie-in to the Intervention/Remillard Family Chronicles with the appearance of Marc.May is juggling several themes and several get away from him and I have always felt that this book leaves the reader in an unfinished place.I am a huge fan of a handful of Julian Mays works . . . this is not one that I find anywhere near as satisfying as an engrossing tale nor as as good read.

  • John Devlin
    2019-06-12 03:24

    Simply the best space opera, and the best series of novels I've ever read. This is the first of the nine, and while the last three show signs of fatigue, these novels capture a cast of characters, and one in Marc Remillard, that are truly memorable. From the worlds and milieu May imagines to her evocative themes, the novels capture humanity with all its foibles and promise, and if you stick around for #6, you'll get the best plot twist in all of bookdom.

  • Julián
    2019-05-28 02:19

    Sad to finish this saga, but it was so awesome for me. I really really enjoyed this series. The book was excellent. Although, there were things not so clear for me, I liked it so much.I would even dare to say, that similar to what I will do with The Lord of the Rings, I will continue reading this series after some years, and then again and again.I recommend these books so much. It is sad that it is not so known. But I will spread the word.

  • Mike S
    2019-06-18 00:23

    Very good writing, I wish I'd started with the first book in the series not long after I started, but I couldn't put it down. The characters really grow on you, the storyline is very nicely handled, and the author uses enough words I didn't know that I got into the habit of writing them down so I could look them up. This is a very interesting and imaginative story.