A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.
Or maybe not so friendly. At least that's what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who'd like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he'll make enough enemies to ruin his career. Yet Sid's case is about to take an unexpected turn: Because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood.
The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime. Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.
Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world's political and economic elite...all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.
©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2013 Tantor
"It's a perfect introduction to his gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling." (Booklist)
I have read almost all of Peters work. starting with the nights dawn trilogy, including the Starflyers series ,fallen dragon and I have to say this was a little bit of a Departure from what I'm used to however Bravo!!! fantastic storylines I love how he writes kind of like watching a Tarentino movie it is fantastic. Give this a shot you won't regret it
Any fan Hamilton's other works will feel right at home.
A rich, aromatic blend of earthy, procedural detective work and heady space opera with a dash of zesty horror.
This book is over 30 hours long which is great for my long commutes. The book has many stories which at first seem unrelated, but slowly the tendrils start to wind together. I couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear more. I haven't read this author before but I will definitely look for more of his books.
The narrator is excellent but he does have an English accent if that bothers you.
I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.
Ayn Rand thinks this novel should be compressed. I've read (not listened to) Atlas Shrugged, The Stand, and several other long novels. I've listened to many long novels as well. Sometimes as you progress through a long novel you start to get the feeling of being cheated, you've invested the time and now the author is getting too far fetched. That is my feeling on this novel, it could be a lot better if it was considerably shortened and condensed.
Science Fiction World Building plus murder mystery plus family fortunes. This combination made the book a continuous wonder. Plus the characters are likable and sort of realistic.
There is a point, toward the end of the 30+ hours of audio, where a family secret is revealed. That caught me completely by surprise.
Game of Wonder.
Enjoyed enough that I will devote another 31 hours to listening to it again. Very rare for me. But there is so much here that I know I missed some details on the first cycle. Enjoy.
Superbly written and performed. Memorable, well developed characters. Toby Longworth is a top notch narrator giving each character their own distinct voice and accent. He flows from British to Cockney to American accents effortlessly. Well done, very well done!
Just get it! This one will stay with you!!
I was surprised that I just could not get into this one. I usually like Peter F Hamilton's books, such as Pandora's Star and the Void series. I started this book three times and had to quit.
The narrator was fine but the story did not grab my interest. Maybe there were just too many clones. The police in the story couldn't tell them apart and neither could I.
YMMV. Mr Hamilton is a good writer, but even a good one can't please all the people all the time. I look forward to trying some of his other books in the future.
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