The planet is isolated from the rest of the universe, unable to seek help as it's targeted by hostile aliens. Bienvenido's ruling authorities have slowly responded to this gradual infiltration, but they have no idea that a highly organized invasion is now under way, designed to wipe out all human life on the planet. All factions must work together to survive. Unfortunately, due to prejudice against enhanced Eliter humans and crippling technophobia, the parochial government won't collaborate.
Kysandra, known as the Warrior Angel, heads up the Eliter resistance. With their enhanced capabilities and technological know-how, they could avert disaster, but only if the authorities stop hunting them at every turn. Then, as both resistance and government are caught in a desperate race to save lives, the planet receives an unexpected visitor. As events escalate, petty power-plays, politics, and age-old prejudices may prove fatal. And as the more sophisticated hostiles can hijack a human body, humanity is undermined by spies within - wearing the faces of family and friends.
©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Tantor
Peter F Hamilton's A Night without Stars is the immediate sequel to Book 1 in the Chronicle of the Fallers which ended with Nigel unleashing a quantum buster that resulted in the Void expelling Bienvenido to some far off point in space well beyond the perception of the Commonwealth. While freed of the Void, not only has the threat of the fallers increased, but the local region is a dumping ground for other recalcitrant ex-Void inhabitants, not the least of which is the Prime. After the initial adjustment period, most of the action takes place 250 years after arriving with Nigel's Plan B being set in motion involving the warrior angel and baby with help from an astronaut and a forest ranger all focused on preventing the faller apocalypse
The sci-fi elements are a pure Hamiltonian feast with a generous helping of strange alien intelligences, both familiar and new, human genetic engineering such as bionomics, and esoteric physics. In line with Hamilton's style, the plot is complex with numerous unexpected turns and twists in the actions. The characters well developed and diverse, whether good, evil, or just dense. At the same time, Hamilton creates a realistic totalitarian society discriminating against specific descendants, the Elites, who possess some residual commonwealth capabilities that meshes quite well with the imminent threat This is a rich, detailed, and thoroughly engrossing literary masterpiece of epic proportions.
The narration by John Lee is an Oscar worthy performance and should be a contender for best of the year, if not the decade. The range of characters is outstanding especially given the diversity and sheer volume of such a large cast. Cadence and tone are perfectly aligned with the story's pacing. This is sheer ear candy with the quality that hopes for a never ending tale.
I'm personally unable to convey the scope of the book and the leve of detail in his worlds, characters, and technology. Another amazing series! Thank you so much.
Peter f Hamilton is back with another great addition to the commonwealth series, happily, once again narrated by John Lee. If you've read and enjoyed the other books in the commonwealth series you won't be disappointed.
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This book was the latest in the latest Commonwealth Universe by Perter Hamilton. If you have not read Hamilton's work before, his writing style is complex hardcore Scifi with lots of well developed characters and sub plots. Hamilton's Commonwealth books are not light reads. I think it took three attempts into the first of his books Pandora's Star, before I got hooked. After I finally got into it, I could not put them down. John Lee is a great narrator.
Two hundred and fifty years after the events in The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Bienvenido is facing a crisis. This was a wonderful story and I hated to see it end. Hamilton's writing always includes a bit of humor which I feel is a necessity in life as well as adding to a good story. Some of the characters have appeared in other Commonwealth books and Mr. Hamilton has done a wonderful job maintaining complex personalities through detailed and changing backdrops.
If you are reading this review and have not read any other of the Commonwealth books, I would recommend you start with Pandora's Star. Stick with it through the first couple hundred pages and you will find it worth the effort.
This book is a must for anyone who enjoys Hamilton's writing style, Lee's narration skills and, particularly, a continuation of the Commonwealth saga. It brings in new likable and pitiable characters while maintaining the continuity of many of the characters from book one. There are enough strangeness and surprises to keep it lively and entertaining. There is a polished feel to the ending where many of the major characters from the beginning are introduced, if only in passing and a touching reunion at the end.
Wonderingly, it seems that ended this series.
this is a wonderful story, in line with the rest of the series. If you have not read the other books I would recommend reading them first, but this is an excellent addition to the universe
I Loved this book so much and even came to love Paula. SO I am restarting the entire series to see if I missed out on anything during the prime invasion. OMG but THIS BOOK!! Its amazing.
In true Hamiltonian fashion, the author continues the enthralling story of the Paula, Cassandra, Nigel, and a cadre of other sentient beings- some good, but one very bad species intent on....no spoilers here!
This is a great listen - John Lee does a commendable job seamlessly shifting from human to alien characters.
Get all of the Commonwealth series audiobooks - if you like good hard science fiction coupled with an expansive reference universe, Peter Hamilton does it quite well.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I've been looking forward to this book coming out for a LONG time now, and I wasn't disappointed! Peter F. Hamilton's writing, and John Lee's Narration, are an AWESOME combination! This book ties up a LOT of loose ends from book one.
Hamilton's Over-The-Top Descriptions of people and places is unmatched in my opinion... It causes the characters and universes to become "Ultra-Real", as if you are WATCHING events/places/people rather than Reading/Listening about them.
WELL DONE!!!! MORE????
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