Yes. It's a good story. Industrial espionage and attempted murder (in a way) in a world dealing with climate change and the fall of a fascist political party. It was a solid, entertaining read.
In this story, set several decades in our future, Hamilton and fused some science fiction technology with fantasy-based intuition and empathic abilities raised to new height with an experimental program. The product is now a private eye contracted to solve a simple case. Of course, it's not so simple.
This is not nearly so epic in scale has Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga or Void trilogy. And the novel very knowingly and explicitly violates some rules of science as we know them so far as well as postulating possibilities.
A good read.
Reading Mindstar Rising, the first book in Peter F. Hamilton’s Greg Mandel Trilogy will cost you three credits because I guarantee you will be purchasing the second and third volumes, A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower in quick succession.
I have to admit to liking a good long story. The problem with that is sometimes long stories are filled with so much superfluous verbiage that you wish you had committed the ultimate of audible sins and purchased the abridged version. Some books although possessing a great premise and promising storyline just seem to waffle.
It is for that reason that Peter F. Hamilton is, and will remain, one of my favourite fiction authors. Because not only does he provide some of the best value for money in the world of audio books he also weaves a compelling and believable story no matter how fantastic the underlying premise. Peter F. Hamilton’s books are the ones you tend not to read in bed because when you nod off letting slip the paperback might break your nose and the hardback will cause concussion. Mindstar Rising is typical of Mr Hamilton’s books in this regard. At 14 hours long it is one of his briefer works. Yet frustratingly this book in common with his other works seems to be far too short as his masterfully crafted characters and compelling environments hold you entranced for every one of those 840 minutes. I recollect starting this book on a Friday evening and I am told that over the next two days I prepared two family meals, mowed a lawn, walked the dog and basically ignored my family and the world. I have no recollection of that weekend because for 14 glorious hours I was transported into a near future Britain where Greg Mandel, an ex-British army paratrooper who back in his service days had been drafted into the Mindstar Battalion due to his ESP potential, now earns his living as a security consultant come private eye. With psi enhancements the legacy of his time in service and Britain coming out of the economic ruin of years of Marxist government on the back of some truly cool tech the story that unfolds could have been predictable and plastic. But it’s not, most definitely not, plastic. This was Peter F. Hamilton’s first published novel and every sentence is carefully layered and finessed into place. Peter F. Hamilton doesn’t write he sculpts. The level of details he puts into his work is one of the reasons that his novels are weighty tomes. But unlike many other authors that detail is almost unnoticed as it creates an incredibly multi-dimensional landscape upon which is then delived a plot that propels you to the end in what feels like a fraction of the 14 hours required to get there.
No sooner had Audible hoped I had enjoyed this programme, I was downloading the next two books. If you like intelligent science fiction, gritty characters and are not afraid of a couple of days of productivity loss buy this book. Now as an undeserved afterthought let me please throw Toby Longworth into the mix. Mr Longworth must be one of the best narrators on Audible. He makes an amazing book incredible. No messing!
Up there with the best
Picturing Greg's gland doing it's thing
The bar at the start when the religious fool was made to look as small as he truely was.
Yes, the concept had me hooked.
Recommended for Sci-fi fans.
I liked the action , but the corporate setting, and scaled back technology was a disappointment. Less epic than I expect from the author.
Maybe, pretty dull sometimes
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Well I have read all of Peter F Hamilton's books on Audible and some that aren't, I was not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this but I have loved PFH's other stuff so I figured this is probably good - just a few years after these 3 books made him really famous he wrote "The Nights Dawn" (come on Audible get this one in audio format, not here as of 7-9-12) and its just a great set of books, maybe better than these I will know when I finish these so check my review of the last book The Nano Flower when I finish it
There are 3 books and the stories are set in a near-future England, centered around "Hamilton's" own home county of Rutland. Mandel is a former officer of the 'English Army', who fought in the 'Mindstar Brigade', a tactical psychic unit. He was given the psychic powers of intuition and detecting emotions, skills he uses for his new profession of psychic detective.
What I found pretty cool is that there is a "credit crash", "housing market crash" and "global warming" as well as some other things that have either happened already or are likely to happen soon in the future in the real world we live in today and this was written in 1993!
It is good but not in the way his latter works are, this being written in 1993 has some "dated" things in it namely a "Peoples Socialist Party", when is the last time you herd that stuff being spouted since the Berlin Wall fell? - there are some "hacking" that's reminiscent of the movie "Hackers" (1995) how it was not really much like actual hacking is like but made it look cool, in this book its sorta like people thought it would turn out to be until the internet came so big, many methods of attack do work but the way its executed is as bad as Hollywood is today and we should know by now how hacking works - other than that mostly its a great book that doesn't show its age in many other ways than the Socialist thing.
Greg can detect emotions which is pretty cool and one would think that you could get ahead pretty well in life with those powers, and he does pretty well for him self - but he's got this friend who can predict the future, and she doesn't seem to "Rule the World" as someone with that ability should likely be doing, she doesn't do much at all from what is made clear and this is really strange if you can predict the future at least the future around you (don't work far off) why aren't you rich as hell, I don't know but other than that everything makes sense in the book
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I'm not sure that I would change anything just thought I would just warned readers that this is such a difference from his earlier writings
Of course the lead character was my favorite and I was really able to have you say relate to him he's more of in our time so his life was easy to relate to and what he was going through
This is my first
Now that's the thing I never got inspired from this this book. This was something that you would see on the sci-fi network on TV. like a B rating had higher hopes for this coming into it than I did coming out of it. Not a bad read, just different
I'm really hoping for Peter F Hamilton to come back with another space opera like the commonwealths series with PandoraStar, Judas unchained or the whole void trilogy series of something big and massive like that Peter if Hamilton is by far my favorite sci-fi author at this time.
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Fascinating to see the near future predicted in a twenty year old book. England is a very diff place, would have been nice to explore that a bit more (maybe that comes in the sequels). Story is very focused, a little predictable but fun. Performance is good. Here is the genisis of an author I like a lot. Worth a read just for that. Looking forward to getting the sequel.
The publication date of this novel was in the early 90's when the global warming voices were just being raised. Hamilton speculates on the environmental, social, political and economic ramifications of climate change. I might listen again just to see how right he was. The plot requires significant suspension of belief, but I enjoyed the characters. Who would not like to know when others are lying.
Descriptions of the impact of salt water flooding are excellent. Makes you think! Will we build dykes around Washington or just let it go?
Longworth's performance is excellent. His
I don't sit, I walk. It took me a week.
Interesting alternate Earth slightly in the future. The stories in the MindStar series are good, if a little formulaic. From any other Author I would have been impressed more given the scope Hamilton has brought to his other, later books. However, they held my attention throughout. The reader, Toby Longworth, really gives life to the characters. Especially Greg Mandel, the main one. I'm a big Hamilton fan. Where I gave some of his later works 5 out of 5 with no reservations. This gets a solid 4.
I am a fan of Peter F Hamilton. This series of books has everything that good fiction should have "True Entertainment Value". Original Ideas and science mixed with a gripping detective plot. I kept me interested and wanting more. the books in this series end properly without a cliff hanger. I bought the second book because i enjoyed the first not because i needed to know what happened. Toby Longworth reads well and is consistent. His voice changes just enough from character to character to make it interesting without sounding silly. He dose not try to hide the fact he is a man when reading a female character. I look forward to more of this series and checking out other readings by Toby.