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 can't tell if this is a good book or not because John Lee uses pretty much the same voice for all the characters. I listened to the first download chunk three times before I finally gave up any hope of following the story.Arg. Now I'm just listening to the rest of it simply as background noise.
fantastic science fiction. This novels only detracting element is the romantic element which I feel detracts from the overall story
Extremely epic space opera here, very reminiscent of E.E. Doc Smith, but with more humor and sex. Titanic space battles, species ascending to godhood, space marines, alien menaces, and all your favorite stuff! Contrary to many people's opinion, this one is better than the first volume in the 2-book sequence. Still, the ending is a bit rushed and contrived...welcome to the world of Peter F. Hamilton.
I've been a Audible member since 2006 and the narrator John Lee is the worst I've ever heard. I will never purchase an audio book narrated by this man again. One of his worst offenses is not even a breath of space between chapters and sections.
The story is good, albeit long. I'll listen to other books by Peter Hamilton only if he fired John Lee.
John Lee does a fine job of narrating a long and complex story, working hard to keep his characters consistent throughout. I hope Audible will consider adding to the Peter Hamilton items in the library.
I didn't realize when I purhased this book that there was a prequil. I want to like this story but it has been hard to follow. This story takes up where the previous book, Pandora's Box, left off. Since I didn't read the first book I am having a hard time keeping characters straight, and the story line. I am lost much of the time because the story bounces around between groups of characters. I am about 10 hours into the 44, Im going to stop and wait for Pandora's box to become available so I can enjoy this book more fully.
I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT
HAVE TO TO SHORT ALL OF THE STORIE LINES
DO ONE CHARTER AT A TIME INSTEAD OF JUMPING BACK AND FORT
BATTLE SEANS TO MANY TO LIST , THIS AUTHOR IS LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
AGREAT READ IF YOU CAN SPARE THE TIME TO READ IT 3 OR 4 TIMES TO GET ALL THE PLAYERS SORTED OUT
The narrator may be great telling bed time stories in a small room, but for these recordings when he got to the interesting part he would whisper / lower his voice so I would have to crank up the volume then turn it down quick! This is not my first audio book; I’ve been listening to them for years on my long commutes. This is just the first time I’ve been compelled to warn folks. Just awful!!
I didn't like John Lee's reading of "A Feast for Crows" but his narration style seems much better suited for Peter F. Hamilton's characters. As a 2 book series, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained continue to ramp up the tension and conspiracies, and keep you locked on the page to see what happens next. The characters are well written, and you will find yourself cheering for them. His "Night's Dawn" trilogy is better than this one, but this new universe he has created is one you can believe in, and Hamilton has an uncanny talent for making technological innovations real.
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