Remember how the fairy-tale-ish The Hobbit morphed into a wide-lens The Lord of the Rings? Plots, counterplots, and intrigue galore await readers of the Gap saga, which is still picking up speed. Allusions to Wagner's The Ring Cycle in opening book The Real Story's afterword now become clear as Earth politicians, Holt "Dragon" Fasner, and the rest of the United Mining Company Police bureaucrats enter the fray. Morn and company still teeter between exhilaration and desperation.... even readers who don't care for action or space opera may enjoy a story with this forceful a meld of character, cabal, and adventure.
Although this third volume of Donaldson's projected five-volume space epic doesn't answer the questions raised in the first two books ( The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge ), it brings many new, if unsatisfying, twists to the various plots and counterplots. And the scattered main characters--captured police officer Morn Hyland and rival pirates Angus Thermopyle and Nick Succorso--are assembled by the book's end. Nick, with Morn under guard and the angry alien Amnion on his tail, has fled to the pirate trading post Billingate, where he hopes to wheel and deal his way out of the mess he's in--even if this means trading Morn to the Amnion. Angus, meanwhile, successfully programmed by the police back in human space, has been sent to Billingate as well, ostensibly to sabotage it. But it seems that Nick, who sometimes works for the cops himself, was sent to wreak havoc on Billingate, too . . . and the convolutions don't stop there. By the final pages, readers may well have no idea who is doing what, or why, or at whose bidding. Original purposes are revealed as lies; new motives contradict others; unlikely coincidences spur major plot twists. But through it all runs Donaldson's trademark sadism, betrayal, amorality and purposeless cruelty, so his fans will hardly be disappointed.
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Superb writing, darkly powerful, a stab of adrenaline. A group of unique criminals must oppose the looming enemies of humanity, or die. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Joy
This series is one of the best ever. The first book is kind of 'Space Pulp' but it is a fun read. The series becomes truly engaging and very entertaining as it continues. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
...but it seems like that is all there is left to do. I tore through the first two books in this series, but I am now left with a sense of continual pity and boredom with the... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2000 by M. Borden
This is a great series of books - and I am thouroughly enjoying them, but this 3rd installment is so full of twists and turns, that I often found myself reading and re-reading... Read morePublished on July 1 2000 by Ben
The Gap Into Power goes back and forth between the tense and unpredictable political intrigue going on behind the scenes at the UMCP and the slick, razor-sharp action and danger at... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2000 by Brian Altmeyer (email@example.com)
Of the books by Donaldson, this series, completed with this installment, served as one of the most engaging bits of reading I've experienced in a great while. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000 by Imre Nemeth
All good myths (or operas, if you will) must have the characters travel into the underworld, for only there lies the key to solving the problems in the mortal realm. Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
Tension and plotting reach a high point in this third novel (following 'The Real Story' and 'Forbidden Knowledge'). Read morePublished on Aug. 3 1999