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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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Solid entertainment

I like Reynolds' storytelling, in general, though this story had what I felt were unnecessary complications here and there. Likewise, I like Lee's rendition of Reynolds' stories -- he does great accents -- but occasionally his intonation doesn't reflect the verb used to describe the speech. Still well worth the time to listen.

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Who done it ?

Would you listen to The Prefect again? Why?

Yes, and I will. Why you ask? This is an awesome Audio book. The narration by John Lee is a stellar performance for an Interstellar story.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was nothing like I had expected. You see I don't listen to the short clip of an audio book before I purchase. I go by Art, the author and my gut. to me this is like a "Hercule Poirot" ( Complete with the accent )type murder mystery of epic proportion, meets "the Lawnmower Man". This story covers much ground or is should say space, habitats, humanoid races, tech and just about everything imaginable. With all the players and their back stories written vividly and complete. I love this kind of surprise in a book, and If you like mystery and sci fi you will to.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

his use of the different voice's for the characters, separating them perfectly without fail you know who is saying what without any doubt after the first few chapters and from then on as new ones are introduced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would had time permitted, as it was I listened to the book in 3 sittings.

Any additional comments?

Great work just get it and listen for yourself.

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The bad and the ugly

Remember the movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?" Well, I could find nothing good in this story. Unless you like the grimy side of life taken to deeper depths, give this book a pass.

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Very Good but a little redundant

My main criticism is that the story repeats explanations of technical details several times when once or twice would be enough.

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Got the job done

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A good SF story transports you to another world and paints that world in vivid color and detail. This story did just that. A very imaginative future world and a good story as well. A little bit of an old fashioned mystery story.

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  • David
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • 05-22-15

Great book all the way around

Great engaging story, space opera at its best. The narration was superb that action was fast paced without being frenetic. I would recommend.

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  • Angus
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 05-22-15

Tapestry of Awe

Back in the Yellowstone system this story is set amongst the Glitter band, a group of ten thousand human space habitats that are governed democratically via an organization called Panoply. Each of the habitats have a central stalk that houses a poling core, using abstraction (a hand waving term for network), representatives from each habitat rotate through the civic duty of voting.
This idyllic thing comes crashing to a halt as an Alpha level imprint from the Silvestri 80, Aurora, takes over four habitats and manufactures warbots called Weevils to spread. Meanwhile, a creature from the past called the Clockmaker which was thought destroyed resurfaces to threaten the maybe invincible Aurora.
Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus, Deputy Field Talia Ing, Deputy Field hyper-pig Sparva are just some of the key spicy characters leading the fight against the dark annihilators of humans in this installment. I enjoy how the author juggles multiple story lines into a mesmerizing tapestry of entertainment. Five out of five for this one. Excellent job!

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Alastair Reynolds always impresses

String characters, active plot, fantastic futures and a murder mystery turned fight for humanity's existence. All in a day's work for Alastair Reynolds.

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  • RichM
  • Boulder, CO
  • 05-12-15

A good piece in the Revelation Universe

If you haven't read Alistair Reynolds before, then don't start here. Start with House of Suns or Revelation Space. If you have and want to dive deeper into the culture of the Glitter Band, then this is your book. It's a fantastic detective story in that universe.

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Classic Science Fiction

I very captivating story and one that has a much different storyline than other less known scfi tales. There is room for a follow up and if so I would gladly pick it up.