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
I liked the action , but the corporate setting, and scaled back technology was a disappointment. Less epic than I expect from the author.
Maybe, pretty dull sometimes
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Well I have read all of Peter F Hamilton's books on Audible and some that aren't, I was not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this but I have loved PFH's other stuff so I figured this is probably good - just a few years after these 3 books made him really famous he wrote "The Nights Dawn" (come on Audible get this one in audio format, not here as of 7-9-12) and its just a great set of books, maybe better than these I will know when I finish these so check my review of the last book The Nano Flower when I finish it
There are 3 books and the stories are set in a near-future England, centered around "Hamilton's" own home county of Rutland. Mandel is a former officer of the 'English Army', who fought in the 'Mindstar Brigade', a tactical psychic unit. He was given the psychic powers of intuition and detecting emotions, skills he uses for his new profession of psychic detective.
What I found pretty cool is that there is a "credit crash", "housing market crash" and "global warming" as well as some other things that have either happened already or are likely to happen soon in the future in the real world we live in today and this was written in 1993!
It is good but not in the way his latter works are, this being written in 1993 has some "dated" things in it namely a "Peoples Socialist Party", when is the last time you herd that stuff being spouted since the Berlin Wall fell? - there are some "hacking" that's reminiscent of the movie "Hackers" (1995) how it was not really much like actual hacking is like but made it look cool, in this book its sorta like people thought it would turn out to be until the internet came so big, many methods of attack do work but the way its executed is as bad as Hollywood is today and we should know by now how hacking works - other than that mostly its a great book that doesn't show its age in many other ways than the Socialist thing.
Greg can detect emotions which is pretty cool and one would think that you could get ahead pretty well in life with those powers, and he does pretty well for him self - but he's got this friend who can predict the future, and she doesn't seem to "Rule the World" as someone with that ability should likely be doing, she doesn't do much at all from what is made clear and this is really strange if you can predict the future at least the future around you (don't work far off) why aren't you rich as hell, I don't know but other than that everything makes sense in the book
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I'm not sure that I would change anything just thought I would just warned readers that this is such a difference from his earlier writings
Of course the lead character was my favorite and I was really able to have you say relate to him he's more of in our time so his life was easy to relate to and what he was going through
This is my first
Now that's the thing I never got inspired from this this book. This was something that you would see on the sci-fi network on TV. like a B rating had higher hopes for this coming into it than I did coming out of it. Not a bad read, just different
I'm really hoping for Peter F Hamilton to come back with another space opera like the commonwealths series with PandoraStar, Judas unchained or the whole void trilogy series of something big and massive like that Peter if Hamilton is by far my favorite sci-fi author at this time.
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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.
"A talent rising"
I came to this book after reading (listening to) Peter F.Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga narrated by John Lee which I loved. The Greg Mandel books (I've listened to all three now) are a little bit clunky in their writing compared to his later works but you can easily forgive and forget this as the characters are well formed and engaging and the plots are a good romp. Toby Longworth does a good job narrating as well, especially handling all the regional accents!
"Best so far"
Just brilliant. I've read most of the Hamilton paperback books in the past, including this one. Currently catching up on these great stories again, but in audio format for the long commutes to work. By far the best narration of any audiobook I've come across so far. Well paced with great accents, helping to bring this story to life for me again. Oh, the fantastic writing by Hamilton doesn't need to be mentioned - we all know his quality.
"Much good and much bad"
I find reading this novel was like driving without brakes on an empty motorway. There are moments of intense, exciting action where you can't lose concentration for a moment in case you miss a vital plot twist but also long periods of open road where there's nothing to do except listen to the author's description of the world around. And there are too many of these.
What I like is PH's action narrative. It is punchy, exhilarating and gripping and I often found myself stopping what I was doing to focus on it. What I hate is his long, tedious description in minute detail of the world and surroundings of Greg Mandel. It has too much of the "Look at me ain't I clever" about it for my liking. This is of course a personal taste thing - I like narrative with some description and don't need to immerse myself so completely in the alternative reality described for me. Sometimes I think PH lets himself off the reins too much in this regard and it adds nothing to the story for me.
Still, I can't stop listening because I want to know how it ends (almost there now). I've read other PH books and this is the recurring theme. Yes, he goes on a bit and yes he could sometimes do with a good editor but he clearly has imagination and he can clearly tell a story, one I want to hear. I have already bought the other two downloads for the series which is the ultimate test of his authorship.
A word on the narrator. He is very good and can create an identifiably different voice for each character. I looked him up on IMDB and recalled his scene as the stress counsellor in the IT Crowd. He brings that calm voice to his narration and I would recommend him to others albeit not as fervently as some reviewers would.
"well read story, but not best by peter f hamilton"
This story was very well read by the narrator. Prefer the longer stories from Peter F Hamilton.
"Interesting and enjoyable"
I am not really into futuristic novels but am glad i listened to this. The pace of the story was excellent and i kept wanting to listen to find out what happens next. I have now bought the second book because i quite like Greg Mandel!
"Longworth... a new star?"
I read the original when it first came out in paper format, I enjoyed it then, but loved 'rediscovering' it again. What makes this version is Longworth... he just totally aces the narrative. There are loads of really good books on audible, but what really makes them come alive is the person reading it. Michael Jayston, David Rintoul and now Toby Longworth *make* what they read worth purchasing. My only downside is a bit of audio editing where you can hear him turning the pages. If you like this one, then the rest of the series are worth your time and money!
"Read this and you will be amazed!"
Fantastic book based in the near future with possible and not so possible technologies that makes for an interesting read. This book has a perfect mixture of mystery, socio political, corporate, scientific and environmental aspects which adds up to a fantastic story-line. Definatly a book I would recommend, especially those who would like to see Britain getting back to glory with a scientific renaissance.
"Good but not epic"
I've listened to the commonwealth saga and the void trilogy and loved the size and scale of both. So when I needed a new book I thought I'd try this trilogy. The story itself is good. There are moments of action and some dark characters but if like me you wanted the advanced technology and massiveness of the commonwealth then I think you'll be disappointed.
That being said if you take it as what it is, a detective book set in the not to distant future then I think you'll enjoy it.
Is this a satire? The women are all are young with large breasts and the men are all action and few words. Based on the reviews I expected more.
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