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Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1 | [Peter F. Hamilton]

Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.
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It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine.

A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion. As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point – and Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.

©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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    Scott 04-30-12
    Scott 04-30-12 Listener Since 2010

    Great Scott!

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    "Couldn't get into the story"

    After about 3 hours I just couldn't enjoy this story. I've read several books by Hamilton and loved all the rest, but this one just couldn't get my interest. I may be biased by my dislike for psychic abilities in stories. If you want Hamilton at his greatest try Pandora's Star, but be warned you might get addicted to a series of long books. ( the kind I look for most)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent first book in top-notch trilogy"

    Peter Hamilton's first trilogy already displays the vivid descriptive writing and complex character development that are hallmarks of his later, more ambitious work. You won't find a better example of the mystery-meets-science-fiction hybrid, and every major character is post-human yet remains profoundly human at his or her core. Fascinating read, great suspense, satisfying resolution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-17-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Gritty Psy-cop takes on white collar CEO's"

    The key to my enjoying this PFH novel was to disassociate everything I’d previously read by the author in the Commonwealth Saga series. Here there are no alien threats or exotic stellar locations to explore. This story takes place in a far less optimistic, multi-point dystopian future where twin environmental and political disasters have stratified the class differences in society. The gritty tone is exemplified in the protagonist, psychic freelance mercenary Greg Mandel, a two-dimensional tough guy who uses the phrase “no messing” to end far too many sentences. The strength of this story is in the unraveling of a corporate mystery with turns and twists which explore most corners of Hamilton’s dark future. It’s a bit like watching a police procedural with psychic cops and some minor near-future SF tech peppered in. It compares quite similarly to Hamilton’s other, separate, story- Great Northern Road- which features a similar investigation but has the added element of off world alien settings and more examples of action scenes. Much of the crime and conspiracy here are strictly white-collar, and it was hard to identify with the Mandel character or even sympathize with him during the only truly high-stakes, dangerous moments he endures in the climactic ten percent of the story, no messing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Peter Hamilton wins again"

    Hamilton is a contemporary master of building future societies that make sense and contain amazing surprises. And then the stories he sets within them are great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Leigh 03-29-15
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    "B+"

    Great story, excellent author. Odd pauses that are disconcerting. Buying the next book in a few moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15
    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15 Member Since 2010

    Draws comics

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    "competent cyber-thriller"

    I didn't hate this book, but I found myself reading it just to get through it. The writing is adequate, occasionally clunky, especially when describing women. The book is full of near-future ideas, some of them rather hackneyed, some of them quite interesting. I enjoyed the depiction of England, post environmental shift. The characters are broadly sketched, not particularly interestingly . The reader made a big difference here though, his command of idiom and accent is very impressive. Unlike many male narrators, he also does convincing women. I'd be inclined to listen to other books read by Mr Longworth. I doubt that I'll bother with the rest of the Greg Mandel Trilogy however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15
    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Promising Start to a Promising Trilogy"
    Where does Mindstar Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audio books, but Mindstar Rising is easily in the top 10% of them.


    What other book might you compare Mindstar Rising to and why?

    Comparing Peter F. Hamilton to any other author usually leaves that other author looking like an amateur. In terms of compelling storyline and characters I'd compare it to The Lies of Locke Lamora. In terms of quality and care of writing I'd compare it to The Name of the Wind. In terms of page turning action I'd compare it to a James Patterson or Brad Thor novel.


    Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, this was my first experience with Toby, and it was a great introduction. He's a quality voice actor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't typically have extreme reactions to books. I don't typically laugh out loud or cry. This book was no exception. But it did have me listening well into the night when I should have been sleeping.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 09-19-14
    Tim United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't write book reports.

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    "Hamilton in One Direction"

    I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.

    Please don't quote me, but I believe that the Mandel series was Hamilton's first. It will be interesting if he veer off more into space opera and somehow introduce us to Commonwealth as I keep listening to this trilogy.

    When reading the this book, Hamilton is in one direction. It's very different than what I've read from him in the past.

    I only gave "Mindstar Rising" 3 stars because it's like getting introduce to an new author. My mind still need to adjust that there is no space drama and sexy droids in this universe. I'm sure that more stars will be added in the following books as I see Hamilton in a different light.

    Just a lot of action in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy 07-14-14
    Jimmy 07-14-14
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    "Incredibly rich and detailed, and an absolute bore"

    I made it through all of Pandoras Star and the sequels. The thickness of the prose was daunting in those books, but the universe created was fascinating.

    This book has the same dialogue-heavy blandness with no story or characters. I listened for 8 hours and gave up.

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    Caleb McD 05-08-14
    Caleb McD 05-08-14 Member Since 2013

    A mail carrier on a rural island somewhere in the US; good books make me stop the "tape" at every door delivery & package hop out.

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    "Midstar Sleeping... Great Reader Slow story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was faster moving and better paced. This book seemed to drag on. While I understand that the book is suppose to be a mystery, There were several sections that were not very clear and concise. This led to certain sections that were hard to follow.


    Has Mindstar Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No While I have a feeling I will not be continuing the series. I love the scifi genre and I will continue to listen/read novels in this area. I will also read other books from Peter F. Hamilton.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favorite?

    I liked the voices in this book, I found none of them to be annoy or hard to listen to. Also all of the voices were unique enough to tell who was who.

    My favorite characters were any of the characters that are stored/interfaced in a computer. There are several moments where people who use an AI/computer to speak and interact. In several of these scenes there are sections where the computer interface "glitches" This leads to erratic dialogue from the characters. This was amazing to listen to. It must have been so hard for the reader to pull that off. Toby Longworth did a great job reading!


    What character would you cut from Mindstar Rising?

    I would not cut any characters personally, All of the characters played a role in the story and moved the plot forward all be it slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book, I love Sci-Fi it is fun, techie, and can be full of adventure. This book has a great premise, it blends Sci-Fi and detective work and it does so OK-ish. I would have preferred a little more action in this novel. I did not like the anti-corporate/business and environmental spin. That drove me nuts. I hear enough about climate change and global warming crap in the news today, I don't like to hear it in my science fiction novels. I also did not like the several gratuitous sex scenes in the novel, it did not further the plot and it just added to the dragging on of novel.

    All in all I would say the idea of the novel and the series is a great idea but it is poorly executed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ron
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    "Probably the best sci-fi i've read in years"

    The genre has been missing this quality of story for years. The world created by Peter Hamilton is highly believable and he works the story well. I only hope the characters have the legs to be developed fully in future book - can't wait to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nj Van De Weyer
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    "Hamilton's Genesis"

    I came to this in reverse order - seeking out the work of an author I have grown to love.
    It's all here - a proto-cyberpunk, British setting with silly action and ridiculous female characters. Good fun for sci-fi and Hamilton enthusiasts. For the perfected and crafted work go immediately for the Commonwealth or Void Sagas. If you know what that means - enjoy this for what it is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ssbsts23
    11/27/14
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    "Fantastic, A great intro to the world of Peter H"
    What did you like most about Mindstar Rising?

    the characters and how believable they were, each character has there own personality and they mix together brilliantly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindstar Rising?

    the part where Greg and Julia were in his car, nearly brought tears to me eyes


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?

    Greg, Julia and well all of them each given a different voice and brilliantly delivered


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If i could I would have yes


    Any additional comments?

    its a great book if you wanting to start in Peter F. Hamilton worlds, the detail he puts in is amazing and I almost immediately fell in love with all the characters even the villains and scumbags

    defiantly worth your time by my account, fantastic read... now for the next book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Ritchie
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    10/30/14
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    "Good story with twists and turns"
    Where does Mindstar Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good start to the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The start was a little slow but overall the pace was good and the final scenes were great.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Enjoy Toby's enthusiasm and characterisation. Audio books are a good hybrid between film and printed media.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame I could hear the pages being turned, but didn't really distract from experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    10/9/14
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The idea of it being 'just' into the future means that although there are science elements that we dont have, it is totally believable as a future that may come to pass.
    The characters are well rounded, you are drawn into their persona very well.
    The story keeps you hooked with several twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Up until this book (apart from the odd star wars novel) i was strictly an epic high fantasy reader. I fancied a change and picked this out at random. For the first 3 chapters i thought i had made a terrible mistake and my prejudice against anything not high fantasy started bubbling up. The further into the book i got, i found myself taking every spare few minutes to listen to a bit more.
    I can say with 100% conviction that this book put my prejudice against non high fantasy firmly in its place. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, making me get the next two books in the Greg Mandel series.
    Special mention should be given to Toby Longworth, WOW! this is how all audio books should be read!


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    The clear narration, devoid of accent. His ability to voice each character in a slightly different way meant you could tell them just by the sound of his voice and not need the narration to explain anything at all. His pacing was excellent as well, you felt the energy in his reading as the tense and action pints of the story arose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "Morse with PSI - and more mature"

    After enjoying my first Peter F Hamilton book - Great North Road, i thought i would try some more out.

    This book reminded me of a futuristic version of Morse or Lewis - a detective working out whodunit - with extra PSI ability. This is not a bad thing as i really enjoyed those series. This changes a little part way through the book and turns into a hunter/prey piece.

    OK, some of the techno babble was a little off putting, and a couple of the scenes were a little slow. Some characters were a bit weak/one dimensional.
    The hardest part for me was the landscape (both physical and political). As i live in the UK, i knew a lot of the places, but of course it all sounded different.

    The narrator (Toby Longworth) did a great job of portraying the main players in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
    Tallinn, Estonia
    5/28/14
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    "Good reading"

    This book was very well narrated and is quite good and interesting even to me, though a bit out of my usual taste area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desk Pilot
    Englandshire
    4/29/14
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    "Rough at the edges but shows promise"

    PFH's world building is brilliant as usual, but some of the writing in this early novel is a little clunky. And the brand name dropping, like product placement is going out of fashion gets a bit tiresome after a while. But the spark of the brilliance that is to come in his later books is definitely there. And the climactic chase through the Fens - the climax of a scifi thriller set in Wisbech? Priceless!

    Toby Longworth's narration is as good as ever, with clear differentiation between the characters, and a nice hint of their accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    SUDBURY, United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "What a writer !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindstar Rising to be better than the print version?

    As some authors books are not in order, it took me a while to find this first book of a trilogy of three. Listening to the book rather than reading it lets your imagination absorb the graphic words and makes you feel as if you are a by stander.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author uses places that anyone who knows England would recognise. Real cities, towns and villages.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He brings you right into the story. There is a character that everyone can relate to. The different accents, males, females and children.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought that there were very touching moments, funny, romantic, worrying. A combination of most !


    Any additional comments?

    A great trilogy, I am now hooked and have three of his trilogies in my library !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tallmattuk
    Yorkshire
    2/6/14
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    "great plot and a compelling story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindstar Rising to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was extremely well narrated which created a atmosphere and I felt that the characters, especially Greg, had way more depth to them


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a great story line with twists and turns and which wasn't predictable. I loved the characters too especially Greg and Julia. I wish there were more than 3 books in this series but alas no


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    He really pulled me into the book and engage with all of the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    most definitely - I downloaded to listen to it in the car and on a few occasions had to wait until a chapter finished before turning off the engine.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed every Peter Hamilton book - I'm bloody glad I only discovered Greg Mandell now. Total sold on Audible too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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