Great North Road is a standalone science fiction adventure from Peter F. Hamilton, the author of The Night's Dawn trilogy.
When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet none have been reported missing. And in 2122, 20 years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So, if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? She never wavered under interrogation, claiming she alone survived an alien attack.
Investigating this potential alien threat now becomes the Human Defence Agency's top priority. St Libran bio-fuel is the lifeblood of Earth's economy and must be secured. A vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and experts are dispatched to the planet - with Angela Tramelo, grudgingly released from prison.
But the expedition is cut off deep within St Libra's rainforests, and the murders begin. Angela insists it's the alien, but her new colleagues aren't sure. Did she see an alien, or does she have other reasons for being on St Libra?
©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2012 Pan Macmillian Publishers Ltd
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"Great North Road - Part One "Brilliant""
This is without doubt the most enjoyable audio book of SciFi that I have heard so far (and I have heard many) What works so well is the narrative is not too complex (some Hamilton can get a bit confusing) yet very detailed at the same time. Also living in the UK I love the 'Geordie' accents of some of the characters, as gives a nice realism and homely touch. The Police sections are both real and familiar, then swap into the futuristic bit really well. Actually listened to it slowly so it would not end. Now onto part 2 :)
"One Book - Two parts to pay for"
Do not be put off by the fact that Audible have decided to split this book into two seperate, CHARGEABLE parts. The fact is this book is massive, and another Author may have decided to make it into a trilogy which would have required three credits!. From the moment Toby Longworth (favourite narrator) starts speaking, the characters will have you guessing as to the truth behind their starting stories. No one is as they seem and you will build a massive amount of information on each as the books progress changing each from hero to villan and back again. The physics of this future world are eminently believable and well thought through, and merge seamlessly into the story. I was amazed as the intertwining threads of several characters combined towards the end bringing almost all loose ends together in a brilliant conclusion, one that didn't rely on a final plot twist, but revealing what was there all along throughout the disparate storylines. Excellent
"first 80 % of book really really slow. last 20% Ok"
first 80 % of book really really slow. last 20% good. slowest book I've read from a normally great author.
"more great big idea near future science fiction."
great book well read gripping and hopeful. not a zombie to be seen.
the reader is good have listened to other books by the same author & reader.
Absolutely loved the story and setting with some great characters thrown in as well. Superb narration throughout
"A murder mystery....with a fascinating difference."
I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton, so it's no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation of one of his rare stand alone novels. Toby Longworth, whom I've enjoyed reading the Greg Mandel series, does an exemplary job of vocally 'fleshing out' the many wide and varied characters. It's a long listen, but ultimately very rewarding.
"A Grand Space Opera."
I read this a while back and now listening to it. Amazing story. Amazing characters. Amazingly well narrated. And Hamilton's story telling when writing his grand space operas is second to none in my humble opinion.
"Hamilton continues to deliver"
I have been a fan of Hamilton since reading the Nights Dawn books. Hamilton is a master of Space Opera and he can spin a tale that keeps me fascinated the entire time. What probably stands out the most is his ability to create worlds and universes complete with all stages of the human condition as well as aliens of all shapes and sizes. Technology is a large part of this type of book and this is an area where Hamilton really sets the standard. I like the way he makes use of technology and its impact on human society.
Great North Road starts out like a whodunnit story, which is typically not my favorite genre. That is also why I have waited a while listening to the book even though I love Hamiltons other works. But when the story got started it turned out to be a very enjoyable and highly recommendable experience.
"great book just what i have come to expect from ha"
great book just what I have come to expect from. Hamilton. narrative OK some awfil accents but the Geordie was beleiveable. next please
"It's long and it's good!"
This was the first sci-fi book I'd read/listened to for a good few years, mostly I do the crime and fantasy stuff, but this one caught my eye because it was a mix of crime and sci-fi.
Some of the sci-fi I read in my youth got lost in the tech descriptions but this one just rolls along and you absorb the finer details so that the technology and terms do not stop you in your tracks. The crime itself is simple enough to follow and the cloning angle keeps you guessing.
The book is over 36 hours long so it's a biggie, but it never flags.
As a result of listening to this story I have read Pandora's Star and have nearly finished Judas Unchained and will read more from this author.
If you are someone like me who hasn't read any sci-fi for a while but want a stonking good story with some twists along the way, this is a great one to listen to. Very good performance by the reader (I listened at 1.25 speed) - I hope you enjoy it too!
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