Missing sweeping epics like Frank Herbert's Dune but want something more modern with characters that resemble those you'd find in the Expanse or Old Man's War? This sequel to Pandora's Star is every bit as good as its predecessor and engaged me on an intellectual and emotional level of equal measures. Hamilton pays enough attention to both character and plot to create a believable universe while keeping the pace enjoyable.
I've never actually listened to a book narrated by a Brit before but it fit well since Hamilton is a Brit himself. John Lee is perfect for this book. His deep but audible baritones bring contextual information across quite clearly, but his characterization is even more impressive. Every character from the gruff military commander Wilson Kimes to the perpetually happy Tiger Pansy is delivered flawlessly. What a voice this man has.
So many good things for both the hard science and speculative fans to enjoy. Looking forward to continuing with the Void Trilogy. Please let it be just as good!
I actually got 'helpful' votes?
Clearly there were a lot of production issues -possibly due to a story this long. As others have noted, it's very difficult to know when your are switching between events without so much as a breath for a pause.
The last third of this story was painful to me. Poor attempts at red herrings and only giving closure to certain characters was more of an insult to me. Not to mention the uneven treatment of details, forcing certain events to unnaturally extend out. The end of the star flyer itself being ridiculously resolved and so quickly.
I enjoyed the story, the SciFi and the characters. However, the books are so long and so detailed it's easy to miss critical points.
Many interesting ideas, but WAY too long. Many scenes didn't further the main (or even secondary) plots or the characters in any way and seemed just self indulgent, included only to add unnecessary complexity. SERIOUSLY needed editing. Computers and munitions were invulnerable when the plot demanded it and completely vulnerable to hacking/destruction when the plot demanded it. No sense of scale in these matters. The ending just fizzled out. After all of the exorbitant buildup of intrigue, many threads weren't resolved very satisfyingly, if at all. And if I never hear the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete" again... (What's wrong with just "concrete"?)
By the way, John Lee was superb.
I gave the first book in the series a lukewarm review mostly because I did not realize there was second book and after 28 hours, I wanted a resolution. Hamilton goes to great lengths...like Turtledove...to develop his characters. They are so complex and the story line so twisted that you never really know where the truth is at any one time. Nothing is as it seems and after finishing this 2nd book, I can appreciate why the author took us on this convoluted route to the conclusion. My advise is to sit back and enjoy the landscape that Hamilton creates for you. His attention to detail is amazing....so much I am not sure how he keeps it all straight. Every scene is painted in detail, which could be seen as annoying but really ends up immersing you in the characters and the storyline.
Ozzie.....hands down....and the clone detective
Wilson's awakening with the Sylvan