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
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
Fascinating to see the near future predicted in a twenty year old book. England is a very diff place, would have been nice to explore that a bit more (maybe that comes in the sequels). Story is very focused, a little predictable but fun. Performance is good. Here is the genisis of an author I like a lot. Worth a read just for that. Looking forward to getting the sequel.
The publication date of this novel was in the early 90's when the global warming voices were just being raised. Hamilton speculates on the environmental, social, political and economic ramifications of climate change. I might listen again just to see how right he was. The plot requires significant suspension of belief, but I enjoyed the characters. Who would not like to know when others are lying.
Descriptions of the impact of salt water flooding are excellent. Makes you think! Will we build dykes around Washington or just let it go?
Longworth's performance is excellent. His
I don't sit, I walk. It took me a week.
Interesting alternate Earth slightly in the future. The stories in the MindStar series are good, if a little formulaic. From any other Author I would have been impressed more given the scope Hamilton has brought to his other, later books. However, they held my attention throughout. The reader, Toby Longworth, really gives life to the characters. Especially Greg Mandel, the main one. I'm a big Hamilton fan. Where I gave some of his later works 5 out of 5 with no reservations. This gets a solid 4.
I am a fan of Peter F Hamilton. This series of books has everything that good fiction should have "True Entertainment Value". Original Ideas and science mixed with a gripping detective plot. I kept me interested and wanting more. the books in this series end properly without a cliff hanger. I bought the second book because i enjoyed the first not because i needed to know what happened. Toby Longworth reads well and is consistent. His voice changes just enough from character to character to make it interesting without sounding silly. He dose not try to hide the fact he is a man when reading a female character. I look forward to more of this series and checking out other readings by Toby.
The story moved too slow. I couldn't finish it. I usually give an audio book a couple of hours to grab me, but this one was horrible compared to Pandora's Star, which was superb.
He was fine
I had only listened to about 45 minutes of this book before I stopped the player and removed the book! 1 15 minute segment about a killing (good), followed by 2 sex scenes, one of which was long and drawn out (no pun intended). Really? Sorry I wasted 2 credits on the 2nd and 3rd books before reading the first. I do not recommend this book and can't say how things go after 45 minutes.
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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.
Given was written in the early 90s, the setting is eerily apt and poignant right now. Near future sci-fi, elements of cyberpunk, corporate scandal and detective story to boot and Toby Longworth's performance (because that's what it is) is first class. Highly recommended!
"Intelligent, well crafted and absorbing spaceopera"
I listen to audio books on long car journeys - if they are any good then the journey appears to take no time at all. Listening to this, the first of the Mindstar trilogy, caused me to enter a time-space vortex in which I was transported nearly 200 K without any sensation of movement, time or other reality. My esper sense clearly helped me to drive while the gland secretions enabled me to do so safely - either that or the other road users just gave me a wide berth. I cannot believe this was narrated by one person; awesome is the only real reaction. I particularly liked the evocation of one of the evil characters who sounded remarkably like a former UK prime minister!!! I think you either love sci-fi or just don't get it. If you love it - you will definitely get this. My feeling about what makes a really good audio book (or any book come to that) is - are the characters believable, do you care about the characters and what is/will happen to them, is the plot immersive and does it make you want to guess? I would answer yes to all those points and just say that the creation of England post global-warming is intelligent and very well articulated. I loved the idea of Peterborough becoming a major sea port and a kool place to live - now that really is science fantasy.
"Didn't think I would like this"
After listening to the void trilogy I was looking for something else from Peter Hamilton but these didn't appeal to me, I think the near future bit and name put me off. However when I decided to give this a go I was hooked. I still prefer the distant future novels but this was very enjoyable and have since purchased the remaining 2 books. Would definitely recommend no messing.
"Good book, excellent narration"
Hamilton is always good value and the narration from Toby Longworth was top-notch and has prompted me to look for other books he has narrated.
"Brilliant Sci Fi Story & Setting"
This is an excellent read if you are into "not too distant future" sci fi. Present day politics, companies etc, but with twists. The story doesn't hold you by the hand, from the get go it used terms (mimox crystals etc) I wasn't sure on, I thought had I missed something from another one of Peter Hamiltons books. But things are revealed bit by bit and I have to say, I rather liked it like that. Not explaining everything as soon as it appears, the story lets you piece this world together yourself, but does expand on it later. A great story, excellent world and Greg Mandel is now number 3 in my list of top main characters, after Jack Reacher (Lee Child) and John Clarke (Tom Clancy). I am definitely getting the second and third parts of the trilogy, and will probably get the rest of Peter Hamiltons books, on the back of this great story.
"Sixth Star for Toby Longworth."
I have had a print edition of this book since the late nineties. It is one of those books we all have that are the equivalent of comfort eating for the mind. I must admit I was sceptical about an audio edition as I had some definite ( or so I thought ) ideas as to how the characters sounded. These thoughts were blown away by Toby's performance. It is like listening to an ensemble reading but from one man. This should be a recording that they give to all budding readers and say .... Like That One Please.
"Good PFH story"
Well I did enjoy this and am going to listen to the rest of the trilogy. It is early work and quite amusing. By setting it in the near future - the future we are now in - he is very close to reality in some respects and miles away in others. His references to obsolete trade names for example is amusing but irritating. If we write a book now about 5 years in the future will we talk about Apple i products? I am sure there will be a icommunicator watch for example..... but do enjoy guys!
An early Peter Hamilton novel which lacks his later polish but enjoyable never the less. Toby Longworth's excellent narration was worth an extra star.
"Great start to a great series"
Mindstar Rising is narrated excellently by Toby Longworth and sets the scene for a genuinely excellent sci-fi trilogy. I originally only got this as it was on special offer but I wouldn't have begrudged paying full price at all. The characters are very well detailed and the future Earth that they inhabit is given its own unique, thoroughly described reality.
The real key as to whether to start a series though is whether it delivers consistently and having read the other volumes in the trilogy it does. If you like this one I believe you'll like the rest.
"A Decent book and performance"
Having not read the book i cannot say
Greg the main character, his history and traits make him a compelling listen.
Umm very similar question to the above, Greg.
I cant really think of one.
This sirs and ladys is a good book well performed and well read. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. A quick summary its about a century in the future. glodal warming has happened forcing a population move in England . as this happened an extreme socialist nearly communist party comes into power and ran the country into the ground. using ever more extreme violence to maintain power. in this unstable country ex army veteran is unleashed to solve a corporate sabotage issue.
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