John Lee is the best narrator ever and the Hamilton Commonwealth/Void series is one of the best Meta-Space Operas ever Nice combination. If you have..Show More » followed our various storylines in and out of the Void you will have to read this. If not, you will not get it. But can I make a suggestion? Go back and start with "Pandora's Star"....I envy you the journey.
Pandora's Star (2004), ISBN 0-330-49331-0 Judas Unchained (2005), ISBN 0-330-49353-1 The Dreaming Void (2007), ISBN 978-1-4050-8880-0 The Temporal Void (2008), ISBN 978-1-4050-8883-1 The Evolutionary Void (2010), ISBN 978-0-345-49657-7 The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014) (This one) The Night Without Stars (TBA)
Peter F Hamilton's A Night without Stars is the immediate sequel to Book 1 in the Chronicle of the Fallers which ended with Nigel unleashing a quantum..Show More » buster that resulted in the Void expelling Bienvenido to some far off point in space well beyond the perception of the Commonwealth. While freed of the Void, not only has the threat of the fallers increased, but the local region is a dumping ground for other recalcitrant ex-Void inhabitants, not the least of which is the Prime. After the initial adjustment period, most of the action takes place 250 years after arriving with Nigel's Plan B being set in motion involving the warrior angel and baby with help from an astronaut and a forest ranger all focused on preventing the faller apocalypse
The sci-fi elements are a pure Hamiltonian feast with a generous helping of strange alien intelligences, both familiar and new, human genetic engineering such as bionomics, and esoteric physics. In line with Hamilton's style, the plot is complex with numerous unexpected turns and twists in the actions. The characters well developed and diverse, whether good, evil, or just dense. At the same time, Hamilton creates a realistic totalitarian society discriminating against specific descendants, the Elites, who possess some residual commonwealth capabilities that meshes quite well with the imminent threat This is a rich, detailed, and thoroughly engrossing literary masterpiece of epic proportions.
The narration by John Lee is an Oscar worthy performance and should be a contender for best of the year, if not the decade. The range of characters is outstanding especially given the diversity and sheer volume of such a large cast. Cadence and tone are perfectly aligned with the story's pacing. This is sheer ear candy with the quality that hopes for a never ending tale.