His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the 24th century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.
Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.
Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than 100 years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist - the Starflyer - has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth - agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?
Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before. This will be humanity's finest hour - or its last gasp.
©2006 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor
"For flat-out huge widescreen all-engines-at-full I-dare-you-not-to-believe-it space opera, there is no one quite like Peter F. Hamilton." (Richard K. Morgan, author of Market Forces)
"Richly satisfying.... In more ways than one, this...work is monumental." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed the story, the SciFi and the characters. However, the books are so long and so detailed it's easy to miss critical points.
Many interesting ideas, but WAY too long. Many scenes didn't further the main (or even secondary) plots or the characters in any way and seemed just self indulgent, included only to add unnecessary complexity. SERIOUSLY needed editing. Computers and munitions were invulnerable when the plot demanded it and completely vulnerable to hacking/destruction when the plot demanded it. No sense of scale in these matters. The ending just fizzled out. After all of the exorbitant buildup of intrigue, many threads weren't resolved very satisfyingly, if at all. And if I never hear the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete" again... (What's wrong with just "concrete"?)
By the way, John Lee was superb.
I gave the first book in the series a lukewarm review mostly because I did not realize there was second book and after 28 hours, I wanted a resolution. Hamilton goes to great lengths...like Turtledove...to develop his characters. They are so complex and the story line so twisted that you never really know where the truth is at any one time. Nothing is as it seems and after finishing this 2nd book, I can appreciate why the author took us on this convoluted route to the conclusion. My advise is to sit back and enjoy the landscape that Hamilton creates for you. His attention to detail is amazing....so much I am not sure how he keeps it all straight. Every scene is painted in detail, which could be seen as annoying but really ends up immersing you in the characters and the storyline.
Ozzie.....hands down....and the clone detective
Wilson's awakening with the Sylvan
A fantastic and deep look at a strange possible human future that didn't start out with a spaceship! If you like alisdair Reynolds, this is for you.
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