Julia Evans, billionairess owner of Event Horizon, has for 15 years been the power behind England’s economic renaissance – but now she’s in trouble. With her husband missing, and rival companies suddenly claiming to have acquired a technology impossibly superior to anything on Earth, she has no time to take notice of a single flower delivered anonymously. But this flower possesses genes millions of years in advance of any terrestrial DNA. Is it a cryptic alien message, or a poignant farewell token from her husband?
One man might discover its origin – but Greg Mandel will not be alone in his desperate search. And, as they both now discover, simply being first in the race isn’t nearly good enough when the Nano Flower begins to bloom.
©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd
This interesting and action pack conclusion to the Greg Mandel story is clearly some of Peter F. Hamilton's earlier work, not as big picture as his other work. It is a fun conclusion to the career of Greg who has become a much older man than he was in the previous books. It's hard for me to call these a trilogy as there is no story connecting them. But it is the end cap of Greg's career.
Here we see a peak of Hamilton's galaxy spanning narratives. Without spoiling much it's a first contact novel that deals with multiple human organization (government, corporate) vying for access and control in a short time frame and with almost no one knowing what's going on. Hamilton's prosaic writing I find to be clear, concise, and lets the story speak for itself.
This was a really fantastic book and the connection to 'modern' Hamilton books is much more evident in this book than in the first two of the series. Don't get me wrong, the first two are great also but the Commonwealth Saga and the Void trilogy are all masterworks of space operas and that quality can be seen in the third and final Mandel book. If you already read the first two, you don't need to read my review to convince you to get the third so i'll just say that its worth it. If you haven't read the other Greg Mandel books, look up Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder, all three are really great detective stories.
Toby Longworth did a great job and it was nice to hear a British voice that wasn't John Lee. I think John Lee is fantastic but every book by a British author that i listened to prior to the Mandel series is narrated by John Lee and i was starting to think that maybe they only had one male narrator over there..(kidding).
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Well this is the last case that Greg gets pulled into by his long time friend Julia Evans a young beautiful owner of Event Horizon one of the top 5 biggest companies in the World, this time there is some things that take place in Space which is really cool.
The first 2 books had Greg introduced to some strange cases but this one is the strangest of them all, I don't want to give anything away here but there is parts in Space and an Alien, but its not what you think just like the last book you probably didn't guess how the murder happened, same with this one.
Like I said in the past reviews this is a totally different story as the first 2 but just has most of the same characters but this one is not better than the others but not worse, I guess being the 3rd and last book I was thinking it would be just great but it could have been better I guess but I can say that for the whole series - don't let this put you off but do request Audible.com get the next trilogy that Peter F. Hamilton has The Nights Dawn, its already in audio format you can find it on some torrent search engines I got it but I would still buy it if I can
The latter stuff by PFH like The Commonwealth Saga books and The Void Trilogy are better than this one so if you like this author give those a try
Yes, I wouldn't have the patience to read soft sci-fi but can listen to it whilst doing other things
Greg has to be my favorite - what a hero!
I liked the first book in the series so much that I'v enow listened to all three. The first book was far better for me (5 stars) than the others, but the whole package was an enjoyable foray into a genre I don't always enjoy
I enjoy good sci-fi and fantasy books. I also enjoy listening to Mysteries and Business marketing.
This among the top 15% of the 100s of books I have listened to so far. It offers all that I want and expect from current science fiction.
I started this series on this book. But it can stand alone. This author creates a future that seems very possible. The action is fun and exciting too. I am going to try to the prequels too. The technology and the terminology of the possible future.
The performance is excellent. Toby brings it to life.
See what's a tech merch and a hard liner.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The first book in this series I enjoyed. Book 2 and 3 were good, but not as good, and there's no real reason to read the final two books. Read some of his more recent books, they're better.
This is the best of the trilogy. Hamilton has created an interesting, exciting, and engaging SciFi book; Longworth does a magnificent job of presenting it. I found the other books in the Mandel series sort of mundane but this one is very well done.
"Weakest of the three"
I enjoyed this book and Toby Longworth is as good as ever.
I did enjoy The Nano Flower, but I didn't quite get into it as I had the previous two in this trilogy. I'm not sure if it's the subject matter. Genetics and biology have never done much for me, and there's quite a lot of it here. A good book though.
"A cracking conclusion, bit a bit of a reach"
Fans of Peter F Hamilton will soon recognise this as the bridging work between his earlier Mandel novels (which are excellent SF detective thrillers), and his later grand-canvas work. I think in many ways the story is somewhat damaged because the earlier two were very self-consistent, neat tales, whereas this stretches Mandel's powers in places to previously unseen heights, and otherwise pulls on the edges of the previously understood reality.
I enjoyed it, and if you enjoyed the other two you'll certainly want to listen to this - Toby Longworth's narration is excellent as ever - but for me it's the weakest of the three.
All this despite there being some cracking scenes - I'd reel off the gun battles, the sheer immensity of the scenes, and so on - all beautifully done, for sure. I just wish that Hamilton had reeled his plot in a little, and stuck more carefully to the world he'd built so successfully in the first two.
What a pleasant change not to have American voices and a really good book even if the trilogy is a little strange. Glands, gigaconductors and space ships all a bit weird but I really got into the characters. Although he is a bit too straight laced - he could definitely get up to more mischief with his talents!!
"More fun to travel than arrive"
And what an amazing journey it has been!
There is a cleverness in the way Peter Hamilton writes that always delivers subtle twists and unexpected consequences. This is a grand finale to an excellent trilogy.
Toby Longworth delivers another great performance bringing the characters to life.
"great chemistry...writer & narrator"
I loved it, good story that finishes of a great mini series well, I love the attention to detail and if i have any complaint its the lack of a good " proof reader" no one listened to the small background noises that slipped into the reading.
"Quite the finale"
Again another great book. It nicely capped off the end of the whole story. Well told, but as mentioned by another user, some of the editing (page turning etc) is a little off here and there. Altogether excellent.
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