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The Prefect Audiobook

The Prefect

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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter---a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band. Before long, the Panoply detectives are fighting against something worse than tyranny, in a struggle that will lead to more devastation and more death. And Dreyfus will discover that to save what is precious, you may have to destroy it.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kingsley 09-20-15
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    "Very Good but a little redundant"

    My main criticism is that the story repeats explanations of technical details several times when once or twice would be enough.

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    Lowraod 07-13-15
    Lowraod 07-13-15
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    "Got the job done"
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    A good SF story transports you to another world and paints that world in vivid color and detail. This story did just that. A very imaginative future world and a good story as well. A little bit of an old fashioned mystery story.

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    David Salt Lake City, UT, USA 05-22-15
    David Salt Lake City, UT, USA 05-22-15

    Love Sci Fi, Fiction, Humor and Philosophy. Anything that makes me think.

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    "Great book all the way around"

    Great engaging story, space opera at its best. The narration was superb that action was fast paced without being frenetic. I would recommend.

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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 05-22-15
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tapestry of Awe"

    Back in the Yellowstone system this story is set amongst the Glitter band, a group of ten thousand human space habitats that are governed democratically via an organization called Panoply. Each of the habitats have a central stalk that houses a poling core, using abstraction (a hand waving term for network), representatives from each habitat rotate through the civic duty of voting.
    This idyllic thing comes crashing to a halt as an Alpha level imprint from the Silvestri 80, Aurora, takes over four habitats and manufactures warbots called Weevils to spread. Meanwhile, a creature from the past called the Clockmaker which was thought destroyed resurfaces to threaten the maybe invincible Aurora.
    Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus, Deputy Field Talia Ing, Deputy Field hyper-pig Sparva are just some of the key spicy characters leading the fight against the dark annihilators of humans in this installment. I enjoy how the author juggles multiple story lines into a mesmerizing tapestry of entertainment. Five out of five for this one. Excellent job!

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    Douglas 05-19-15
    Douglas 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Alastair Reynolds always impresses"

    String characters, active plot, fantastic futures and a murder mystery turned fight for humanity's existence. All in a day's work for Alastair Reynolds.

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    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 05-12-15
    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 05-12-15

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    "A good piece in the Revelation Universe"

    If you haven't read Alistair Reynolds before, then don't start here. Start with House of Suns or Revelation Space. If you have and want to dive deeper into the culture of the Glitter Band, then this is your book. It's a fantastic detective story in that universe.

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    Darryl Judice Austin 05-05-15
    Darryl Judice Austin 05-05-15 Listener Since 2004

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    "Classic Science Fiction"

    I very captivating story and one that has a much different storyline than other less known scfi tales. There is room for a follow up and if so I would gladly pick it up.

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    Gregory T. Hansen 04-30-15
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    "As engaging as any in the series"

    I have to admit to having developed quite an attachment to both Alastair Reynolds and John Lee. Alastair's storytelling uses highly descriptive details while still moving the story along at a good pace. Life in the large told from the perspective of the individual. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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    T.G. Hong Kong 04-02-15
    T.G. Hong Kong 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very impressive story, plot and performance."

    This is just a great story. The main character being an anchor for the reader, while everything else is spinning out of control in interesting, but mostly macabre and value challenging ways.

    The writer takes us to a future hopefully humanity will do what is needed to avoid. Can we save ourselves from the stupidity of our own race?
    The main character and his partner become our heroes, our hope...

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    David United States 03-06-15
    David United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2013

    I like intelligent well written science fiction with flawed or developed characters, Frank Herbert, Frederick Pohl, and Alaistar Reynolds.

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    "Great story as expected from Reynolds."

    Started out slower than the usual Reynolds books, but like the others it eases you into the rollercoaster ride. He is a master of science fiction.

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