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)
As a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton's other works I was greatly looking forward to his latest epic. Of the 10 Hamilton books I've listened to or read, this was not even in the same league. The characters are boring and lacking in depth, the plot is ridiculously slow and the unnecessary story lines make up more content than the relevant ones!
Great North Road is comprised of 2 related story lines; one an extremely long winded police procedural and one about a supposed elite military unit on another planet looking for a scary alien. The police procedural plods along at a snails pace, lacking direction and substance. Hours are spend on the main character's search for a new home or other inconsequential elements that bring the plot to a screeching halt. The military unit section is basically a very bad lost-in-the-woods horror movie about a bunch of inept soldiers who go in unprepared and make one bad decision after the next. Implausibility is the rule for this section so don't expect it to be realistic.
Throw this all together with a bunch of ill-timed flashbacks to explain plot holes, a narrator who does such strong accents they are at times incomprehensible, repetitive phrases and a book that should have been edited to 8 hours and you get Great North Road, all 36 hours of it. I never thought I'd say this about a Peter F. Hamilton book but you should spend your credit elsewhere.
Yes, interesting mix of detective story and scifi
Most other space Opera
Angela was the most interesting
The story was pretty good, the events and flow of the story line proceeded very well. The ending was drawn out, as the reader would know the most probable ending. overall, the performance was good, a few annunciation hurdles to overcome, but entertaining.
sloooooow to get moving. I've read most of his work. this is exceptionally slow. painfully so. I'm halfway through and I'm losing interest fast. the story line is blah. although the tech aspect is as impressive as I'd expect from this author the meat and potatoes is not here. the story line could have been developed better. the subject and ideas were great but I don't think they warrant 40ish hours to get the thing told. the narrator was his normal great self. the performance was the savior here.
I love the depth and colour in this story. I think the pain of loss and fear that all the characters suffer do help them grow. And I'm pleased with Toby's characterisation of women.
Great voice and great story. It was well worth the 35+ hours of listening. Let the story develop and you won't be disappointed. I will be listening to more Hamilton and longworth.
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.
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