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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