SF Post Apoc. Small Groups Fight with Bows
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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.
"Dies the Fire"
"The Breaking of Northwall"
"Way of the Wolf"
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
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 P-A fiction list: