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It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine.

A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion. As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point – and Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.

©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 09-19-14

Hamilton in One Direction

I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.

Please don't quote me, but I believe that the Mandel series was Hamilton's first. It will be interesting if he veer off more into space opera and somehow introduce us to Commonwealth as I keep listening to this trilogy.

When reading the this book, Hamilton is in one direction. It's very different than what I've read from him in the past.

I only gave "Mindstar Rising" 3 stars because it's like getting introduce to an new author. My mind still need to adjust that there is no space drama and sexy droids in this universe. I'm sure that more stars will be added in the following books as I see Hamilton in a different light.

Just a lot of action in this one.

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less than the authors other works.

What did you like best about Mindstar Rising? What did you like least?

I liked the action , but the corporate setting, and scaled back technology was a disappointment. Less epic than I expect from the author.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter F. Hamilton before, how does this one compare?

Lackluster

Would you listen to another book narrated by Toby Longworth?

Maybe, pretty dull sometimes

Could you see Mindstar Rising being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Eh......

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  • TonyR
  • 11-01-16

Unsure about this one

This is an odd book. I think it's PFH's first book, so I'll forgive him somewhat, but I think it could do with a good edit, as there's a lot of clumsy bits...

I don't like the fact that it's been grounded in the near future, using real places and real corporations, it's odd. A book set in Peterborough anyone? No, it didn't need setting in any real place. There's also a lot of brand names that make it very dated, and again this is very odd - Amstrad, Olivetti, Commodore all make an appearance in the descriptions of various technical devices, it's just not necessary to do this, and they want editing out.

The story itself is okay, but it didn't grip me at all. Greg is just about okay as a protagonist, but the rest of the bunch didn't really bring much with them.

Hamilton's later books, such as the Commonwealth Saga are some of my favourite books ever, so I'm going to try more of his work, but I don't think I'll follow the Mindstar series anymore.

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  • Tamlyn Kemp
  • 10-30-15

Paper thin characters

What did you like best about Mindstar Rising? What did you like least?

The main character was moderately likeable and the plot was okay.

What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

The adolescent descriptions of women's bodies gets tiresome. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.

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  • Matt
  • 01-23-15

Good but not epic

I've listened to the commonwealth saga and the void trilogy and loved the size and scale of both. So when I needed a new book I thought I'd try this trilogy. The story itself is good. There are moments of action and some dark characters but if like me you wanted the advanced technology and massiveness of the commonwealth then I think you'll be disappointed.
That being said if you take it as what it is, a detective book set in the not to distant future then I think you'll enjoy it.

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  • David
  • 12-23-12

Typical SciFi

Is this a satire? The women are all are young with large breasts and the men are all action and few words. Based on the reviews I expected more.

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