Gap Cycle

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360 ratings

The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict Publisher's Summary

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.

But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.

In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.

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  • Book 1

    • The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict

    • The Gap Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 438
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 404

    Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic.

    • By Amazon Custome on 06-14-13

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • Forbidden Knowledge: The Gap into Vision

    • The Gap Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    Beautiful, brilliant, and dangerous, Morn Hyland is an ex-police officer for the United Mining Companies - and the target of two ruthless, powerful men. One is the charismatic ore-pirate Nick Succorso, who sees Morn as booty wrested from his vicious rival, Angus Thermopyle. Thermopyle once made the mistake of underestimating Morn and now he's about to pay the ultimate price. Both men think they can possess her, but Morn is no one's trophy - and no one's pawn. Meanwhile, within the borders of Forbidden Space, wait the Amnioin, an alien race capable of horrific atrocities....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nonstop misery and stress is not entertainment

    • By Kevin Stokes on 08-22-14

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • A Dark and Hungry God Arises: The Gap into Power

    • The Gap Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    The stage is set for confrontation at Billingate - illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated. Gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion, the shipyard is a clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanity. It is here that the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided amid a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayal. Morn, Nick, and Angus' lives may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played our between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed-driven ruler of the UMC.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Desperate times for everyone

    • By Lore on 11-10-16

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 4

    • Chaos and Order: The Gap into Madness

    • The Gap Cycle, Book 4
    • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    Events were not moving as the Amnion had intended. Once again, humans had been false in their dealings with the aliens. As the planetoid Thanatos Minor exploded into atoms, the Trumpet hurtled into space only one step ahead of hostile pursuers. On board were Morn Hyland and her force-grown son Davies, cyborg Angus Thermopyle, and Captain Nick Succorso - old enemies thrown together in a desperate bid for survival. For both the Amnion and the UMCP, the immediate capture of the fleeing ship and the secrets it contained was imperative.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gap Cycle #4 raises the stakes

    • By Lore on 12-16-16

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 5

    • This Day All Gods Must Die: The Gap into Ruin

    • The Gap Cycle, Book 5
    • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    Hailed as his greatest work ever, Stephen Donaldson's best-selling Gap series is rapidly attaining the status of a classic. Now, one of the most exhilarating space epics ever told comes to a shattering climax in a thrilling tale of high adventure, powerful emotion, and labryrinthine intrigue. As the conflict between humankind and the Amnion aliens heads for crisis, Morn Hyland, cyborg Angus Thermopyle, and the survivors on board the crippled starship Trumpet must return from deep space to Earth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME!

    • By Michael on 01-25-13

    Regular price: $39.95