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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I found this book very difficult to put down, the story is well written and very easy to follow the plot with several twists and turns to keep you guessing.
The disappointing thing of this book is it is necessary to get Part two which is not obvious on purchase of part one
"What a drag"
I did finish listening to this book (and part two) but it was a real test of patience. The story just drags on, providing endless little details when you don't need or want them, it could all have been told in a fraction of the current time. The book starts with a body being dumped in a river but as you get towards the end you really have to wonder why the murderer with all his capacities couldn't have come up with something better than that. What follows is an everlasting police investigation yielding pretty much nothing time after time. Zzzzz...
"Need the maps and timeline!!!"
I'm half way into the first part and really enjoying it. It would have been sooooo much better, though, if audible had provided the map and timeline that can be found in the book. A pdf for download maybe? It's a complex plot and this would make it more enjoyable.
"Interesting, but bit too long"
I just finished Part One of Great North Road. Quite interesting listen, with some nice ideas on not-so-distant human future, with some concepts quite advanced from the present, while others not so futuristic. All in all, I can imagine world as it is in 2143, and would like to have some things from that kind of future available now.
Story starts as classic murder investigation, but then starts developing into much more. The investigation itself, which was my main focus of interest, becomes bit slow, while other part starts developing much more interesting. Narrator is good.
I would not say this is fantastic listen, but has kept me interested enough to look forward to Part Two, which I will be downloading now.
"Hamilton and Longworth produce the goods again"
This book is full of interesting and plausible scientific and social predictions woven into cleverly intertwined stories that are told in well judged and well paced sections. Back story is revealed gradually to throw light on the main story line and as differences in the layers of thier society challenge characters as much as other characters are challenged by alien planets. As usual Peter F Hamilton brings it all safely home. If you like Hamilton's work at all you will love this one. It has what I look for in an audio book - a good yarn well told and a masterful narration. I discovered Toby Longworth's work through listening to earlier works of Hamilton and I have followed him through GK Chesterton, Iain M Banks and others. He can always be counted on for a first class job and is in my top 3 list of all time favourite audiobook narrators. The Newcastle accent is great and based on reviews of the book on amazon, it works a lot better in the audiobook than the written page.
"The best SCi Fi on Audible?"
I have listened to many many sci fi titles on Audible and fear this may be the best.
Incredible story, Author and the Best Narrator. Get it, Enjoy it!
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