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Publisher's Summary

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter---a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band. Before long, the Panoply detectives are fighting against something worse than tyranny, in a struggle that will lead to more devastation and more death. And Dreyfus will discover that to save what is precious, you may have to destroy it.

©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." (Publishers Weekly)

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Another great piece from Reynolds.

Just as good as Chasm City, but more linear in the story telling as it is centralized in Yellowstone/Glitter Band system.

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  • Robert
  • Philadelphia
  • 07-27-16

My favourite Renolyds story so far!

This is my favourite story in the Revelation Space story so far. It has all of the wonderful strangeness we have come to expect from Renolyds and comes with so much action!

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Took Two Tries

The first time I started this story I got a bit lost in the universe he created, but the second time around I couldn't put it down. Wonderful book.

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thoroughly enjoyable!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was very satisfactory and in my opinion better than the ending of the next book in the series. I believe that book is called the blood spire? in any event, the narrator, John Lee was at his usual best and was able to perform multiple characters in a way that made them different from one another what was not so different that it was jarring. in my opinion, some narrators try too hard with other voices and I find it distracting. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators.

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Another great book by Alastair Reynolds

Great story and a great narrator, John Lee! I've enjoyed all of the books that Mr. Lee has narrated by Mr. Reynolds.

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regional restrictions are a crock of shit.

great read, great story that keeps building.
also enjoy the reader who I have followed through several authors.

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Mixed timeline

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It was a little confusing as the events in this book obviously take place prior to the Yellowstone plague. It fits in the same universe but should come before Chasm City

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  • Alien
  • Eureka, CA United States
  • 02-19-16

Really cool and weird

I really liked the book. It's in the vein of Dune but focuses a little more on computers than genes. I had to take away 2 stars from the performance because the reader, although great, doesn't pause when changing from one point of view to another. When reading for audiobooks, these readers have to pause between chapters and scenes.

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  • Gordon
  • Dawson Creek, BC, Canada
  • 02-04-16

Addicting Storyline, Brilliant, Interesting

This was my first book of Alastair's and I really enjoyed it. The first two chapters initially were hard but by the 3rd I was starting to get addicted to the storyline and could not put it down.

The world and characters seemed well developed and it was worth buying. More importantly, I want to buy and read more of his books.

Lastly, I found the narration for me was fine and easy to follow. I would definitely choose this narrator if I had the choice.

Highly Recommended!
Gordon Currie

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Scratches my Ghost in the Shell itch

I enjoyed Ghost in the Shell with its analysis of the Human/Machine speculations. This book doesn't get too philosophical but it is an entertaining story about what a space-faring human civilization might be like.