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Absolution Gap | [Alastair Reynolds]

Absolution Gap

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.
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Publisher's Summary

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.

But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor

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    R. J. Monts 09-26-11
    R. J. Monts 09-26-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Don't Start"

    You will be promised a space battle between an advanced alien race and humanity for three long books, and the was will be covered by a couple of paragraphs in the very last chapter of the last book. Also, you will be told how important each of the main characters are, and how important the mission they are on is, but they are not important and do not resolve anything. I waited 3 books for the space battle, and was sorely disappointed. Ultimately these books felt like all the boring in between parts that authors like Peter F Hamilton skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bud W 09-18-10
    Bud W 09-18-10
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    "Great Read Great Narrater"

    I have enjoyed all the books in this series. 27 hrs and I wished there was more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Nampa, ID, USA 06-30-10
    Jeremy Nampa, ID, USA 06-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Author's Story Telling Ability Disappoints"

    Mr. Reynolds creates a fascinating world, with interesting characters and ideas. Unfortunately he left me disappointed in his story telling ability. As with the book before it, I'm left feeling like he got bored writing the book and in the end just looked for the quickest way to wrap things up. Major parts of the final story line are summarized instead of lived, leaving me abruptly set adrift, and disconnected from characters he spent so much time building up.

    If you enjoy Sci-Fi entertain yourself with the incredible world which Alastair Reynold creates, just don't prepare yourself for the abbreviated ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 05-22-13
    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 05-22-13
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    "Terrible jumble of a book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have liked other works by Reynolds, and I can't think of whom could really be pleased with this mess. Too many competing plot lines left hanging. Any book that requires both a prologue and an epilogue to make sense has some real plot problems.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    I would have to think twice. If I am reading I can skim through a subpar book. With audio books one is stuck. With Reynolds that's lots of hours stuck.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Scorpio


    What character would you cut from Absolution Gap?

    The jugglers, scuttlers, inhibitors, shadows, the conch material spacers


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 04-18-10
    Linda ROCHESTER, MI, United States 04-18-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Bummer"

    I enjoy science fiction and I am not stupid, but I could not follow this book & enjoy it! I started over twice trying to keep straight and understand the plot line and characters. I gave up, I wish I hadn't wasted a credit. I feel like there must have been a prequel to this book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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