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.
"Really, really good"
Sometimes I struggle with Alistair Reynolds. I have found some of his books absolutely captivating and others downright dull and memorable only because they were so outrageously dull. I loved the first two books of the Revelation Space trilogy, liked the third and really disliked The Perfect and Terminal World.
I'm glad to say that this is one of his better ones and the performance by Clare Corbett was excellent.
A really good story with the potential for a cracking sequel in a very interesting universe.
"Solid adventure sci-fi in an interesting universe"
Revenger is a pretty straight forward pirate story in space. I enjoyed it, it was well paced and the characters were great although I felt a little under developed by Mr Reynolds normal work. But this story is not quite at the normal scale for Alistair Reynolds - unless this is of course just the beginning of a much bigger story. If this is the case I look forward to it. The story was still gripping and it made me look forward to listening to the next bit throughout the book which is always a good sign.
What I really liked the most in the book is the universe that was explained fairly superficially but suggested so many mysteries about the occupations, the baubles, AIs, the civilisations and technology. I do hope there is more to come form this universe. I also liked the use of language to describe things, this was fun although if you are too analytical about it, it does seem weird to portray another universe entirely that speaks English but uses alternative, slang like English words. But I enjoyed this use of language by the characters. Maybe the universe is in fact our universe at another time and I have just missed the point until now LOL!
Always a big fan of Alistair Reynolds - one my favourite authors and I have enjoyed this book probably more so than his other recent work. Hope he continues the story in his next book - would like to see what happens next and what mysteries are to be revealed.
Narration wise Clare Corbett was excellent with the voice acting. A few odd pauses (no big deal - probably a production issue) but as others have noted - if you are listening to this in the car there are a few sections that are very quiet (to be fair this is when it makes sense for the dialogue to be quiet in voice acting terms) but did make it very hard to hear at some points.
I really liked this book - recommended.
"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.
"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.
Having listened to a number of Alastair Reynolds books, this has the bones of an interesting new series with pirates, treasure and what is 1800 England but in space, truly escapism. Hope to see this blossom in to a excellent new series of books.
"Wonderful narration, and ARs best book for ages"
Really interesting characters in a steam punk.novel.
Astonishing, to make steampunk space opera plausible!
Loved the narration, very skillful and perfectly suited to the story.
"engaging and interesting"
liked this, some of the plot a little predictable but liked the universe build and the characters and found myself listening at extra times so got me hooked.
the narator is good in the main but frustratingly quiet at points, if the book says someone whispered you don't need to actually whisper! was fine at home, but in the car I couldn't actually hear some bits clearly at full volume! hence the three stars, performance is great other than that.
"Very good but not the authors best."
one of my fave authors of scfi so not surprised that I enjoyed this.
but it not the best from the author.
"a little whimsical, linear, predictable, but fun."
probably sick of hearing this but it's not up to scratch with the revelation space series or house of suns, (although it did sound like it was set in the last light of yellowstone).
the plot was linear with few twists, but then it was represented to the reader as a diary. the gory was gory, the morbid was morbid, the sick was twisted, and the love tried to jerk a tear.
most of the characters were shallow. The two protagonists, the villain, and the brief whisper of a happy, violence loving idiot in the final chapters being memorable amongst them.
swapping words like 'air' for 'lung stuff' to give it a piratey atmosphere felt childish and annoying every time it was repeated.
All this said, I quite enjoyed it. A good romp, that still had some mileage.
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