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
Nanoflower completes the Greg Mandel trilogy. Compared to the first two installments, Greg is now comfortably middle aged, a father with 4 kids (and one on the way), and a respected and successful fruit grower. Over the intervening 15 years since Quantum Murder, Julia Evans has healed Royan, they've become lovers, and have their own children all while continuing to run Event Horizon.
The story unfolds with Julie receiving a "flower" that appears to be of alien origin and points to Royan who has been missing. Julie engages Greg to track him down. At the time, rumors of a next generation technology begin surfacing resulting in a second made scramble. Greg goes up against a psychopathic techmerc following the same leads for the flower and the technology. The action is fast and furious, and nearly nonstop. While the eventual resolution is not unexpected, the denouement is still surprising.
Hamilton really begins to flex his muscles as a sci-fi grandmaster with this tale. The resulting alien biology (and microbiology) is refreshingly original and well detailed. Computer personalities are extended and space mining and colony settlements are ongoing. At its heart, this is a love story with multiple couples, each re-enforcing the theme. Perhaps the only legitimate criticism is the introduction of some new psy powers for Greg that while critical to the plot could have nevertheless been at least alluded to earlier. The narrator also deserves kudos for a fantastic range of voices.
All three of these stories are great, fast moving stories set in a world it is easy to believe in that still has plenty of surprises. Peter Hamilton is a master and it is great to have these three stories online now also. Highly recommended, although I think the first one was the best one.
Where the first two installments of the Mandel Trilogy showed great potential, The Nano Flower has Hamilton hitting his stride as an author showing why he is one of the best fiction writers working today. Excellent character development, well conceived plot, believable human reactions and an incredibly well conceived universe make for a great listen. While not offering up the multiple plots and immense complexity of his later works, the plot is complex and interesting in a way not often seen in SciFi. Excellent editing keeps the pace high enough to hold your interest but not at the expense of dialogue and scene setting. Toby Longworth's excellent narration made the book even better as his consistency of individual characters and variation among voices is first rate.
This book makes me hope Audible is working hard to bring even more of Hamilton's works to the format!
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"The Nano Flower" is the last book in the Greg Mandel Trilogy. I read the first book about 10 months ago and forgot to finish the last book until now. It took some time to get my ears adjusted to the story again, but I have to agree with other reviewers that the last book was better than the first and second. Of course I am used to of Hamilton's space opera, but I enjoyed this sci fi. Great description of the alien and good character development. The Nano Flower was an awesome twist in the plot. I'm never too disappointed of Peter F. Hamilton.
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Peter Hamilton always writes great aliens, in part because he really thinks about how the biology might work. This is an early example with some clever ideas in play. It winds up being a bit predictable (in fact, the story here really deserves a 4.5 rather than a 5.0 for its predictability at key points), but it manages to be quite suspense filled even though one can sometimes see where it must be going. There is a satisfying set of resolutions in the lives of characters who have been the reader's friends and heroes since the first novel in the trilogy (Mindstar Brigade), and there are some excellent combat sequences, as well as some very neat technologies described in sufficient detail that one can imagine living in the world that Hamilton has created. All in all a very satisfying listening experience, enhanced and elevated as always by Toby Longworth's excellent characterizations.
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Peter F. Hamilton has become my favorite modern author as I've read this series and his Commonwealth series. The only bad part is that there aren't more books in each series to fill out the rich and highly plausible future realities. It is a disservice to call his writing a "space opera" or even "sci-fi" (or fantasy). Hamilton's works are social, political, and psychological epics that employ straight-forward technological possibilities as plot devices to pose to the reader many of the most profound questions of great literature - in an engaging, modern package.
And the reader, Toby Longfellow, is excellent - just as talented as John Lee, reader of The Commonwealth series. Both should qualify among the best readers out there - and on books where you have a choice of several editions with different readers, don't bother wasting time with any substitutes.
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
"Epic conclusion for Greg Mandel Trilogy"
The narration was excellent of course. The editing could have been better. The occasional sound of page flipping is something you can live with of course since the story and conclusion are great. Top notch!
"Greg goes out with a wimper"
I was left ultimately disappointed with this the final book in the Mandel trilogy, the chase until the final chapters was typical, however the wrapping up of the book I felt lacking, too much sci-fi babble to cut the corners of what has until that point been a good series.
"Greg Mandel stars in a Space Opera"
I genuinely enjoyed this final audiobook of the series. It's feels set on a grander scale though as cyberpunk meets Space Opera and I think that Hamilton just about made it. That said I didn't think that the narration was as consistently good as the previous books and it felt as though the author let the plot get slightly away from him.
It's still a good conclusion to the series and very well worth a read. It once again combines a mystery with the science fiction and the characters are clearly important to the author and receive sympathetic finales to their nature.
I will look out for more titles by Hamilton in the future.
"A Great Finale"
I really enjoyed the Greg Mendell trilogy and this is my favourite part. Great story building on the rich characters and the descrription of the post - warming world that has been painted over the last two books. Living in the Peterborough area it is amusing to hear familiar landmarks in a different context.
Toby Longworth's narration and voice charactisations are excellent. I have listened (and thoroughly enjoyed ) to many works by Peter F Hamilton and think that Toby''s interpretations are the best.
"Great story and excellent narrator/performer"
Toby Longworth brilliant as always! I'd recommend many of the other Hamilton novels for his narration alone.
"More pretty good Hamilton"
Longworth is an ambitious narrator but gets the voices he has chosen for the characters mixed up frequently enough for it to confuse the action. I think this is a problem more due to lazy editing and quality control than his work but it is a shame either way. Pretty good story, raced through it in a few days. Wish there were more of this series.
Great listen - what an imagination Peter Hamilton has. Kept me gripped and left me feeling bereaved that I wasn't going spend any more time with the characters.
"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!!
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