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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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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.

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As engaging as any in the series

I have to admit to having developed quite an attachment to both Alastair Reynolds and John Lee. Alastair's storytelling uses highly descriptive details while still moving the story along at a good pace. Life in the large told from the perspective of the individual. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • T.G.
  • Hong Kong
  • 04-02-15

Very impressive story, plot and performance.

This is just a great story. The main character being an anchor for the reader, while everything else is spinning out of control in interesting, but mostly macabre and value challenging ways.

The writer takes us to a future hopefully humanity will do what is needed to avoid. Can we save ourselves from the stupidity of our own race?
The main character and his partner become our heroes, our hope...

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  • David
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  • 03-06-15

Great story as expected from Reynolds.

Started out slower than the usual Reynolds books, but like the others it eases you into the rollercoaster ride. He is a master of science fiction.

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One Word Epic!

Grand storytelling with breath taking conclusion! Leaves me wondering what becomes of Aurora and the Clockmaker.

Best book in series.

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Alastair Reynolds does it again

Yet another work of art in his Revelation Space opera. I do have to admit that the timeline throws me a bit - this book could almost have happened at the beginning of the series and explain the plague that infects machinery and people on Chasm City, but it seems to be later. I should really start from the beginning of the series and listen again.

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Mamma

Whilst I love this series. I seriously thought that this book 5 would have been a direct continuation in the series. But it was not. Very entertaining but disappointing. Will humanity ever get rid of the "inhibitors"?

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Terrible voice acting

The story was interesting but it was very difficult to listen to. The female voices were especially poorly performed. The story itself kept me entertained so I kept on listening but I got very close to stopping and just getting the book to read myself

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Good but not the best of the series

Great narration imminently listenable, story is good but not as good as others in the series. Sci fi fans will be pleased.

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Overall a good story

It is a pretty decent SciFi story about a team John McClain stylized figures fighting to defeat an impossible situation. Very entertaining story, though at some points the book did feel to unnecessarily slow its natural flow of events. My one true complaint would be a issue that I imagine someone reading the story would not experience. With the audio copy topics and perspective will rapidly change, which can be jarring and cause some confusion relating to who is saying or doing what. In the book itself I assume this is mitigated with a couple of carriage returns and a new paragraph, however in the audio book they made the decision to not identify the transitions as clearly.