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The Prefect | [Alastair Reynolds]

The Prefect

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    David 03-24-13
    David 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the equal of the first three novels"
    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    not based on this novel... definitely based on the first three


    What could Alastair Reynolds have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    fill plot holes and technical inconsistencies


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    skip this novel... the first three are independent and MUCH better. I ended up fast forwarding over large parts of this one... silly tech gaps clearly needed to make the plot work.

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    Cheap and Lazy 03-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great SF Mystery"

    I listened to this over a three month period whenever I used the Stairmonster (even if it is a long book, it's a good thing it's not my only form of exercise, eh?). The story kept my interest the entire time. The sci-fi isn't window dressing to the mystery; it's a fully-drawn, complete world. I did guess parts of the mystery and it added to the tension for me (so I imagine it was intentional by the author). The characterization is truly excellent, complemented wonderfully by the narrator, whom I loved. This is the only book I've read (listened to) from the series, so I can say that it does stand alone nicely. I've read other reviews that said I would have appreciated it more if I'd read earlier books which take place chronologically later, though. The ending, while satisfying, was certainly open to a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john santa rosa, CA, United States 03-11-13
    john santa rosa, CA, United States 03-11-13
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    good book worth checking out if i do say so my self i would recommend it

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    Kevin Eagleville, PA, United States 12-05-12
    Kevin Eagleville, PA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Prefect delivers!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have listened to many of Alastair Reynolds books on Audible, he has created a highly detailed and intriguing universe containing interesting characters and places. The life breath of this universe is the continuity from story to story, that thread of recognition contain in names and places from previous stories, as you listen to each new story. This is just one small aspect of why I look forward to each new installment.

    The character of Field Prefect Dryfus as the hard driving cop with the moral imperative to protect the citizens of the Glitter band from the impending collision of a twisted destiny forge by the leftover remnant of an experiment gone badly, is one of Reynolds best.

    The performance of each story by John Lee is enthralling, each character uniquely endowed with personality through the force of his vocal nuances.


    What other book might you compare The Prefect to and why?

    Dune. Paul Atreides and the fight protect and free that planet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to pick just one!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just the feeling of awe in this expanding universe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
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    "Rich and Rewarding"

    I was thoroughly enraptured by this story. It's a good old-fashioned detective story with a sci-fi twist. The narration was wonderful, giving the characters their own life.

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    Mike 08-02-12
    Mike 08-02-12

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    "Only John Lee..."

    Narrator John Lee is remarkable: He can suck the life out of any good story. Lee has a deep voice and a fine accent, but those cannot make up for his random inflections, uneven reading style, and complete lack of voice characterization.

    I would suggest buying the print copy of this book. Avoid John Lee's narration at all costs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robert nederland, tx, United States 07-30-12
    robert nederland, tx, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fresh take on Sci Fi"
    Where does The Prefect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it was an excellent story. It started a bit slow though, but it gradually picked up. It did take a bit to get used the accent of the narrator, but it still was a nice listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prefect?

    When Jane gets decapitated in order to remove the Scarab. And when Dryfuss meets the Clockmaker.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I'm going to have to say Gafney. He made me see his sneers without ever seeing him. Second is Sparva.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 05-05-12
    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 05-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Complex and absorbing"
    If you could sum up The Prefect in three words, what would they be?

    But which Prefect?


    What other book might you compare The Prefect to and why?

    Maybe Dune, due to the Plans within Plans aspect of the plot. However, it's been a very long time since I read that so the comparison is probably imperfect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conversation with the Clockmaker.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nothing's as simple as it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    For followers of the Revelation Space series, this book gives some cultural background on the Glitter Band and the Demarchists in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john queanbeyan, Australia 03-26-12
    john queanbeyan, Australia 03-26-12
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    "The Prefect is Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What can I say. Great story, great characters, great writer.What more could you want?Thanks Alastair. Your writing has hooked my 12 year old on sci fi. Nurds rule!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elder Statesman Doctor 03-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Elder Statesman Doctor

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    "Somewhat disappointing and out of order"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only somewhat. There were a lot of good parts but there was also some significant weakness in some of the structure. Specifically there were multiple times when things went wrong for the 'good guys' in unrealistic ways. For example, a doctor going in to see a dangerous criminal patient with no guards to back him up, or when people are taken hostage by someone, but apparently the entire police authority does not have any automatic processes that would notice or detect this is happening in a much more technologically advanced society than ours. Or the lack of ability in a police operating theater for a surgeon to just speak up and immediately request security to rush to where he is for protection or to apprehend the criminal!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple moments of anxiety and suspense.


    What about John Lee???s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice control, captures differences in voice for different characters well.


    Did The Prefect inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Audible screwed up the placement of this as part of a series. They have it listed as #5 in the series. It SHOULD BE # 1, or listed as a prequel, as all the action in this occurs Before the action in Volumes 1 through 4 !

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