The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far-from-divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night.
In such desperate times, the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr. Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist so that she can complete her 30-year-old vendetta to slay a star. This means that Joshua Calvert has to find Dr. Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated. But he's not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to use the ultimate doomsday device.
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"[A] solid space opera best suited to readers familiar with the first book, The Reality Dysfunction." (Publishers Weekly)
I really enjoy the common wealth universe from PFH. This is set in a seperate universe but has many similarities so I am confused why I don't really care for this series. I find following the characters very tedious. Almost to the point where I want to skip the chapter if I don't recognize the character name immediately. I feel something has been lost in the transfer from the written product. the story is good and the narration is amazing but for whatever reason I am struggling with this one.
This second book in the Night's Dawn series was even better than the first with more of the story being divulged along with John Lee's fantastic character voice talent.
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It has taking me a while to finish the second book of The Night's Dawn Trilogy. "The Neutronium Alchemist" is a tab bit shorter than "The Reality Dysfunction", only by less than 50 minutes, but if you are listening over 40 hours in audio, who is counting. I hope that I'm not losing my interest in this series.
The second book is just as good as the first. Whenever I am reading anything from this author, I need to switch off my other thoughts and be more aware in what is going on in the plot. It's a long one needless to say, but like all of his books, the story goes by quick and it feels like you are reading 10 stories into one.
I'm really enjoying on how Peter F. Hamilton is defining religions in a scientific matter.
Reading this series has become a full time job. I can't wait to spend another 40 hours plus overtime in the last and final book of this series.
This book feels like your listening to 5 different audiobooks that all tie together. so good! if u like sci-fi then this is a must. I can't believe it took this long for audible to recommend it to me!
Editing bad, story great, better character voices.
Story was easier to follow this time and didn't get confused nearly as much as with book 1.
It's because of the bad editing. Maybe if there was a 2 second pause between the story line changes, the listen would have been a lot better. Instead, the story line changes in what most time felt like mid sentence.
It brought the over all experience down about 40% to be honest.
I'm done with this trilogy after book two. The premise is similar to the Dreaming Void and Commonwealth series, but with this absurd spiritual element thrown in. There are souls and ghosts and Satanists... It really feels like an immature story reaching for some kind of gravity in the reader's mind. Hamilton is better than this series.
Rarely have I been so entertained and engrossed in a series. The action is thrilling, there is a good dose of humor, and the audio performance brings these characters to life. For the second time in a row Hamilton builds the intensity to a superb crescendo leaving you breathless when everything is said and done. the philosophical impact of the Beyond on the character's lives is touched upon, but unfortunately not explored enough. Perhaps that is best in what is a essentially an action / thriller, but when serious questions brought up , a reader wants some answers! The hope is that the personal impact of the situation will be seen a little more in the third novel.
John Lee was great as always.
Although I still enjoyed it on the whole, I have to say this was the hardest of Hamilton's books for me to finish. It just seemed to draw on for too long. It's strange to say because I typically enjoy long books (and Hamilton's other books have never seemed too long to me). This one just seemed long for the sake of being long. I think it's possible that this one could have been told in 20 hrs as opposed to 40 without loosing too much of value.
Again, I enjoyed it on the whole and will listen to the next in the series. The story line and the mystery is too much to resist.
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