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SF Post Apoc. Small Groups Fight with Bows

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Editado: Maio 27, 2013, 6:36am

If this seems familiar, I've posted it on a few other forums a couple of months back.

I'm trying to remember an SF novel I read 15 or more years ago. Most likely during the 80s.
It was set in a post-apocalyptic era. The main weapon of the day was the bow.
Characters I can remember:
The group leader/main character was a 30s-40s age white male.
Supporting characters were:
A young girl around 11-12 years old.
A young man in his late teens or early 20s.
Another man, younger than the leader, but I don't remember how much. Sort of a 2nd in command, I think.
There were more people in the group, but I don't remember how many.
There was some sort of conflict with another group.
The teens-20s youth made a very difficult, long bowshot to take out one of the opposing leaders. The leader was very proud of him for this.
The main character/leader was close to the young girl, but they were not lovers nor was it an abusive relationship. I think they may have died together or she commited suicide after he died.
The last 1/3-1/4 of the novel is a retelling of some of the significant events from the viewpoint of the 2nd in command showing many of the events in a more restrained/realistic light.
That's all I can remember.
Already eliminated:

"Dies the Fire"
"Earth Abides"
"Horseclans" series
"The Breaking of Northwall"
"Way of the Wolf"
"Alas, Babylon"
Ashes series by William Johnstone
"Swan Song" by Robert McCammon
Battle Circle series by Piers Anthony
"Warrior" by Donald E. McQuinn
"The Postman" by David Brin

Jun 30, 2013, 8:37am

Just bumping this back up.

Jul 1, 2013, 7:58am

Rings no bells with me, I'm sad to say, but I really hope you find this. The plot sounds fantastic.

Jul 1, 2013, 8:38am

The Emberverse series?

Jul 1, 2013, 9:28am


Explicitly listed as ruled out in #1, and much too recent.

Jul 1, 2013, 8:16pm

Thanks anyway for trying, Leonard.

Editado: Jul 31, 2013, 8:19pm

I found it! I did it by going through a list of P-A stories I found (link below).
It's "Malevil" by Robert Merle. There's even a copy of it online. Very handy since I could immediately check it against my memory.

The book:

The P-A fiction list:

Jul 29, 2013, 11:03am

Congrats for finding it!

Touchstone add: Malevil.

Jul 30, 2013, 6:19am

Thanks for adding the Touchstone.