The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them....
Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It's their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection - and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.
Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore's crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune - the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.
Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future - a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism...and of vengeance....
Read by Clare Corbett.
©2016 Alastair Reynolds (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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The first Reynolds book I haven't enjoyed at all. The plot is utterly lacking in credibility and cohesion. Awful characters. Terrible dialogue. For me, the narration compounded the poor writing and the two combined created a naff cod-piratical world, full of idiotic country bumpkins and mockneys who I didn't care about, doing not a great deal for reasons I couldn't understand or believe. It gives me no pleasure to say it, but this is not a good book. Disappointing.
thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, excellent story, narration and pacing was spot on. Thanks.
"Y.A./teen sci-fi - unfulfilled potential"
A bit borderline whether I finished it or not. Aimed at a younger audience than perhaps I expected from the description. Some interesting ideas, but very under-developed.
More detail, more description, more back-story. Narration needs improving.
Oddly stilted delivery at times - awkward gaps between sentences. Can't tell whether it is poor narration or poor editing. Also the volume is problematic. Quiet narrative interspaced between loud dialogue means that you are constantly fiddling with the volume control to try and keep it audible and comfortable. Generally could be much improved.
"ok story. nothing new or mind bending here "
narrator was mostly very good, but there are many parts where she goes too quiet and wispy which is really hard to hear when you're driving without turning the volume up really loud. Probably all good if you're using head phones
story was OK. it's based in a world with ancient techhnology where none of the inhabitants really understand what's going on. there no innovative scifi ideas if that's what you like.
"Excellent narrator; a bit quiet in places"
The narrator gave a flawless performance, with no obvious errors, and a variety of accents and voices.
The only criticism I have is that sometimes she spoke too quietly, which when listening when driving meant having to turn the volume up, only to be deafened a sentence later.
The story itself appears to have sharply divided people, and I'm afraid that I'm in the camp that thought it was a bit...meh. It does show the author's great ability in conjuring up new and interesting settings for his stories. However, having done that, he then tells what is basically a tale of pirates and swashbuckling derring-do. It might be set in space, but (with a few minor changes) it could just as easily be set on the high seas. If that's your cup of tea, then great; but unlike most of his other works, this one left me a bit cold.
"An adventure of (space) piratey proportions."
A Very different style. Massively fun. More please. I've got the glowy in me now!
"Just didn't work for me"
I thought Clare Corbett did a good job with the Narration, though I'm not sure about another Alastair Reynolds story - this was the first story of his I've read.
Hopefully something with a story I find enjoyable?
The narrators performance. There are a few exciting situations near the start of the book with some characters that are actually likeable.
Reads more like a YA novel, which I wasn't expecting. YA needn't mean an inherently bad story if it's engaging, with interesting characters - I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series for instance. Unfortunately this wasn't the case with Revenger.
I didn't really warm to the characters or follow their line of reasoning in a few cases, in fact I'm not even sure I like the main protagonist by the end of the story. I also felt it leaned way too hard into space as the high seas, with spaceships as sail boats, and 1800s English slang schtick. The metaphorical world where the story is set also really failed to grab my attention.
There are also a few "it just so happens" moments which for me kill any suspension of disbelief.
"Excellent first part of a future space opera"
Alastair Reynolds hits top form with a wonderful story. Nicely paced and well described. Clare Corbett's performance was faultless.
"excellent from start to finish"
narration unsurpassed Possibly his best work yet If anyone gets chance to listen to this I cannot recommend highly enough
"Inconsistent sound quality"
Great story. Shame about quality of the recording. Changes in your volume and could hear noises from outside the recording studio.
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