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Publisher's Summary

The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the "possessed" to infiltrate more worlds.

Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own.

The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind that hasn't been seen by humankind for 600 years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction. Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God, which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed.

The Naked God is the brilliant climax to Peter F. Hamilton's awe-inspiring Night's Dawn trilogy.

©1999 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Storytelling in a league of its own

The Naked God is the final installment of Peter F Hamilton's lengthy Night's Dawn trilogy. With possession by the formerly dead from the beyond seemingly unstoppable as well as Quinn Dexter's invasion of Earth to effect an even greater horror on humanity, things are pretty grim. In addition, Valisk is under attack in another universe, while the Mortonridge liberation and Norfolk are going badly. Joshua Calvert is sent on a mission to find the sleeping god and uncovers another alien species along the way that fills in gaps about the origin of the Taraftca and the Kindt reveal they are not what they seem.

The sci-fi elements continue and extend the strange mix of physical and metaphysical. The aliens become more alien, but not in a weird or bizarre way, but just different in both form and behavior. Hamilton also explores the concept of alternative universes with differing "universal" laws. The nature of the beyond is also more fully explored with the notion of a soul taking substance as well as a terrifyingly basis for their return (along with an explanation for the mostly lack of decent souls). The idea for the sleeping god is simply awe-inspiring. Along the way, Hamilton intersperses the grand with the mundane and the banal. With so many intersecting plot lines, the visual of a stage performer spinning multiple plates comes to mind. Each thread is both captivating and cerebrally engaging.

John Lee's performance is simply magnificent with the only ding for production quality for the lack of pauses between scene shifts, which are numerous. The multiple characters of both sexes and ages, including children, along with several alien species surely has set a record. Despite its length, a sense of emptiness awaits its conclusion as Hamilton's universe seems more real than reality. It's pity that tale cannot be savored with glass with Norfolk Tears.

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good but not as good as the first two

the first three quarters of the book are good. towards the end of the book however it starts to feel a little rushed and Deus Ex machina. however if you made it this far already it's certainly worth finishing. the narrator is as always fantastic

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Great characters, great plot, and a fantastic ending.

When I started the first of the three books, I was afraid when I got to The Naked God the story would go down hill. It was just the opposite, The Naked God being the best of the three. Great happy ending with very few loose ends.

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Great story, too many characters

Very involving story with great performance by the narrator. The story is complex but too many characters.

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Of Course Five Stars

2016 has become a fantastic year for Peter F. Hamilton audiobook listeners. We finally got the long waited Night's Dawn Trilogy on audio all in the last five months. These books was first published in the 90's and we waited a long time for the audio version to come out. The final installment of the trilogy was a little of a bare to get through mainly because I've listen through my fair share of this author in the last few months, but I still enjoyed "The Naked God." It's still a good conclusion to the series. As a fanboy to these books, of course I would give it five stars.

The story line had enough coverage to tie up any open questions and the reader was outstanding as usual from John Lee. Could had the audio been a tad bit shorter than 48 hours and 38 minutes? Not with Lee's voice. He has always been an outstanding narrator.

I've exceeded my Peter F. Hamilton quota this year, but I'm always looking forward to the next one.

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The ultimate Good vs Evil Ending

What made the experience of listening to The Naked God the most enjoyable?

Finally a satisfying ending to a Sci-Fi meets occult story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many to remember

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr Lee is a narrator that you either enjoy from the start, grow to tolerate, eventually like or give up on and blame the author...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the hero gets to use 'Magic' too

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great space opera.

I loved the books but am not a big fan of John Lee. This is Space Opera at its greatest with a highly imaginative story set amongst a great understanding of physics

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Wonderful, but dropped it in the final stretch

Okay, first off, this book was written very, very well. The characters are great, the plot has more nuance than you can keep track of, the narration is skilled beyond belief, and the world building is utterly stellar (pun intended). This series is a wonderful saga, and I greatly enjoyed it.

But the ending is bad. Like, really, *really* bad. The way that the story had been approaching the solution to a incredibly philosophical dilemma has clearly always been way too materialistic to provide a satisfactory concussion. Even though every character keeps saying that science won't solve the issue and that they need to find a moral answer to possession and the Beyond, never once does the story even stray near anything of the sort. All anyone is trying to do is to receive a neatly packaged answer from an ascended species or find a scientific method to fight the souls in the Beyond. It was always a weird juxtaposition, but the phenomenal story telling was able to let me overlook it for most of the story.

But at the end of the day, the solution humanity finds is Deus-Ex-Machina-ed to them. LITERALLY. They find a God-Machine, and ask it for the answer, and then BOOM, philosophical climax over. Sure, its a bit more complex than that, and the implementation is still up to them, but Jesus Christ that's almost painfully unimaginative. NO philosophical revelation from their experiences, NO moral uplifting through introspection, NO grand struggle to understand themselves, just a clean answer from soulless machine.

I'm not even that mad about the solution, even through it was a pretty bland one (honesty, "just believe in yourself"?? 130 hours of a grand Sci-Fi adventure and we get what the Wizard of Oz told Dorthy???), but the way that the characters obtained it was utterly boring. Sure the journey was fun, sure the characters were great, but to simply and so literally Deus-Ex-Machina the answer is so hollow. It made the whole struggle, which was painted to be a critical turning point by the other ascended species, feel like just a box on a checklist. It wasn't even a struggle, really. No one made a brilliant decision that saved the day, no one found enlightenment, they just...found it, and by almost pure chance at that.

I could kinda see it coming, by the way that the characters keep searching for the answer like it was a physical item instead of a philosophy (i.e. how they asked the Kiint and Tinkerbell), and by how the ascended species kept refusing to give them the answer, but it's still very disappointing. I couldn't even finish the last hour and a half I was so disgusted Maybe it gets better, maybe they earn the victory in the end, but I honestly can't believe that'll happen and can't bring myself to find out. I mean, honestly, an author of Peter Hamilton's skill using a (literal and literary) Deus-Ex-Machina is almost insulting.

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One Hell of a Trip

The final book in the ND Trilogy comes full circle, leaving you deeply thinking and fulfilled at the end. Its resolution for many characters was expected, and for some others, unexpected. A listen every hardcore SF fan must listen to at least once.

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Worth a third credit.

If you listened to one and two then the third is dolphinately still worth a credit. love Hamilton's world he wrote here a welcome relief if you've been bingeing some cold hard and grim sci-fi. All together happy with the series and was a very good and long holdout for saints of salvation the third in a very engaging series also by hamilton.