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Publisher's Summary

A stellar new science-fiction adventure from the author who redefined space opera, set in his best-selling Revelation Space universe.

For 30 years, a tiny band of humans has been sheltering in the caverns of an airless, crater-pocked world called Michaelmas. Beyond their solar system lie the ruins of human interstellar civilization, stalked by a ruthless, infinitely patient cybernetic entity determined to root out the last few bands of survivors. One man has guided the people of Michaelmas through the hardest of times and given them hope against the wolves: Miguel de Ruyter.

When a lone human ship blunders into their system and threatens to lead the wolves to Michaelmas, de Ruyter embarks on a desperate, near-suicide mission to prevent catastrophe. But an encounter with a refugee from the ship - the enigmatic woman who calls herself only Glass - leads to de Ruyter's world being turned upside down.

©2021 Alastair Reynolds (P)2021 Orbit

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God, kill me now!

I have become so spoiled by Reynolds's unparalleled story telling that all the rest are just tripe. Truly no one measures up. I wish he could crank them out like the rest, but the result might place him in the ranks of the average. This has been the most compelling book series I've ever run across.

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Taking a stand against the inhibitors

Alastair Reynolds' Inhibitor Phase is the latest offering from his Revelation Space universe. The remnants of humanity have dispersed and are attempting to maintain a low profile from the Inhibitors, an entity hellbent on eliminating any technologically advanced intelligence in the galaxy. Within one small refuge, an individual is plucked out to embark on a mission to locate advanced technology that may have a chance against the Inhibitors. The mission takes on the flavor of a treasure hunt as they hop from location to location acquiring bits and pieces of information to finally find the 'nestbuilders' and their technology. As the hunt progresses, backstories emerge. Hyperpigs and Chasm City play prominent roles.

Reynolds continues to offer fresh material for this universe. The big picture theme of a galaxy spanning threat of total annihilation is balanced with the various approaches to dealing with that impending Armageddon. At the same time, he creates complex individuals with fascinating and compelling backstories that slowly emerge as the story progresses. There are flashbacks to earlier events that eventually tie everything together. As usual, the sci-fi elements are richly detailed and hugely engrossing.

John Lee's narration is simply superb with spectacular character distinction and smooth pacing that results in pure ear candy.

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Another Excellent Audiobook from Alastair Reynolds

Enjoyed this audiobook very much. A lot of backstory info from the earlier books and extended the story in some interesting ways.
As usual, John Lee delivers another impeccable performance. Recommended!

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no longer

not the same quality as the rest of the series, would have skipped this one

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Drawn Out, Very Boring

Barely anything substantive happens in this book. Underdeveloped character relationships and sooooo much filler between anything actually happening. Really had to force myself to finish this one.

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The Hyperpigs live.

So is John Lee... the voice of Alistair Reynolds. To my mind this may be the best post Chasm City creation of this very talented and imaginative author. There are some confusing transitions to contend with but nothing too serious.

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favorite book series

definitely a Reynolds novel. All the hallmarks are there. My biggest fear was that it would mess with the continuity of absolution gap, ultimately it did not. they actually tied in rather nicely with his other novels. sorry wasn't anything earth-shattering but it was good. If I can get him to write 10 more books in the series I would. I don't recommend this to be the first book you read in the series though. I recommend reading every other book in his revalation space series besides galactic North first. Make sure you save galactic North for last I think.

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Nice addition to Revelation Space

I enjoyed this new installment in the series. I suppose it stands alone to a newcomer but it’s also for the existing fans.
I saw it was on pre release so I took the time to listen to the entire series just before this one. When your talking about 100 plus hours of dialogue, a refresher helps tremendously.
The story is snuck in during the timeline of events and helps with closure of a few past hero’s of the tale.
I know some will complain about minor plot flaws and non earth shattering conclusions but that’s how these stories are. It’s space opra/drama, not fast paced action / adventure. I thought it was quite wonderful.
Job well done to Alastair as well as John Lee. Keep them coming please.