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The Yellow Horde   By: (1887-1934)

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Hal G. Evarts takes readers on an exhilarating journey through a post-apocalyptic world in his gripping novel, The Yellow Horde. Set against the backdrop of a cataclysmic event that has decimated humanity, this book meticulously crafts a vivid and terrifying landscape, offering a unique twist to the dystopian genre.

Evarts demonstrates his mastery of storytelling through his detailed and immersive world-building. The author paints a chilling picture of a world overridden by a relentless and mysterious yellow fog, aptly named the Yellow Hordes. As the fog consumes everything in its path, humanity must confront not only the threat of the unknown but also their own darkest desires and fears.

The author's characterization is another highlight of the novel, as he presents a diverse cast of individuals with distinct backgrounds and motivations. From the courageous and resourceful protagonist, who embarks on a treacherous quest to uncover the secrets behind the Yellow Hordes, to the morally ambiguous figures who blur the line between good and evil, each character adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

Evarts skillfully builds tension throughout the narrative, creating a palpable sense of danger and suspense. The Yellow Hordes are an ever-present menace, lurking in the shadows and instilling a constant feeling of unease. The author's ability to maintain a sense of urgency and unpredictability keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning the pages to unravel the mysteries held within.

Furthermore, the book delves into thought-provoking themes and invites contemplation on the fragility of civilization, the ethical dilemmas faced during times of crisis, and the fallibility of human nature. Through engaging dialogue and introspective moments, Evarts prompts readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values, making this more than just a thrilling adventure tale.

While overall an engrossing read, The Yellow Horde does have a few shortcomings. At times, the pacing feels uneven, with certain sections dragging on while others demand a faster tempo. Additionally, a deeper exploration of certain secondary characters could have further enriched the narrative, as their stories felt somewhat overshadowed by the protagonist.

In conclusion, The Yellow Horde is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delivers an unforgettable experience to fans of dystopian literature. Evarts's expert storytelling, immersive world-building, and intriguing characters contribute to a narrative that grips readers from start to finish. Despite a couple of minor flaws, this book is an impressive addition to the genre, showcasing the author's talent for crafting a unique and unsettling vision of a post-apocalyptic world.

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Transcriber's Note: Variations in hyphenation are preserved. Specifically, "homecoming" vs. "home coming" and "timberline" vs. "timber line".


[Illustration: When dawn lifted the shadows from the low country, Breed was prowling along the first rim of the hills.

FRONTISPIECE. See page 6. ]




Copyright, 1921, BY HAL G. EVARTS.

All rights reserved Published April, 1921

Norwood Press Set up and electrotyped by J. S. Cushing Co. Norwood, Mass., U. S. A.


When dawn lifted the shadows from the low country, Breed was prowling along the first rim of the hills Frontispiece

The elk migration had begun PAGE 63

As the summer advanced the pups learned to pack hunt with Breed 167

Breed was compelled to hunt farther from home as the deer quit the valleys 191



The wolfer lay in his cabin and listened to the first few night sounds of the foothills... Continue reading book >>

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