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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Sept. 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312878281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312878283
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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There were two of them waiting as Jereko Kosta climbed awkwardly up the ladder through the shuttle hatch: a young ensign and an equally young crewer second class, both clothed in shiny black and silver Pax military uniforms, the glistening red and blue threads of the Komitadji's insignia pattern swirling with arrogant pride across collarbone and shoulder. Read the first page
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By A Customer on Feb. 29 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent development of the main characters. I cared about them enough to be concerned for them--I didn't want to see them get hurt, etc. In fact, I really liked them. So the minor tactical twists in the plot that put the characters in tough situations kept me interested--chase scenes, and the like. But the overall plot was just O.K. Characters: 5 stars, Overall plot: 3 stars. Chandris is a bit like Skywalker's wife, no?
In my opinion, this book is much better than Icarus Hunt, but not quite as entertaining as his Star Wars novels.
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By Christina A Matta on Feb. 6 2004
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Angelmass was not really at all what I was expecting. It was very interesting and forced me to ask specific questions about the character's actions. For a very long part of the book very little action happened - I happen to like it when an author writes non-action sequences and still makes them entertaining (which Zahn certainly did).
It's an excellent book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Zahn's engaging writing style makes this book a real page-turner. He blends some elements of "hard" sci fi within a space opera and spy thriller context. The political/strategic conflict between the Pax and the Empyrean is fascinating, as is the scientific mystery about Angelmass that slowly unfolds as the story progresses. The philosophical issues (can "Good" be quantified? What constitutes sentience?) are thought-provoking and handled very naturally in the narrative. We don't find out the truth about Angelmass until the end of the book.
Also, the main characters are very believable and realistic, in my opinion. Kosta, Chandris, Forsythe, Telthorst, Lleshi, Ronyon, Hanan, and Ornina are all very human, and each seems to have very valid reasons for his or her actions. Their motives are believable and reasonable, given their backgrounds. Each character has his or her own fears/vulnerabilities and aspirations, and I found them all to be very memorable (BTW, I keep imagining Christopher Lee as Lelshi, due to his aristocratic, military demeanor).
I found the plot to be highly engaging, and I found the ending of the book to be very satisfying. One previous reviewer thought there were some loose ends, but I don't see it that way at all. I found the conclusion to be perfectly reasonable, without resorting to a "storybook picture-perfect" ending with everything neatly tied with a bow. On the contrary, I found the ending had more of an authentic feel to it.
If you're looking for a science fiction story with both a sense of wonder and action, this might be what you're looking for.
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I finished this book, but afterwards I have to wonder why. The characters were trite, the plot was juvenile, and the science in the science fiction was ludicrous. I hadn't had much experience with Zahn and I could forgive him for joining in writing the Star Wars crap (which along with Star Trek is ruining the SF genre), He seems to be a decent writer with some skill, but this was embarassing. If you want to read some real SF then try some of the British writers like Banks and Hamiliton.
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Well, what can I say. I finished it, and I can't say I hated it, but I wasn't rushing home to finish it either. Interstellar war, spies, con artists, mammoth space ships and a thinking black hole... sounds like it could've been something, but... no, didn't work. The strange thing is that the characters were done pretty good, just the story was boring. Scientist spy is sent to investigate enemy's black hole, and... he does. Meets interesting people along the way. Ta-da. The war is a side story, no sense of panic or really anything, it's happening. The con-artist is the love interest and almost works, yet, doesn't. The battle ship is under utilized, nice side story, but yet unimpressive. The black hole was, well, just there. I never got involved in this book, everything was ok but not exciting. Did like the space travel concept though.
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By jrmspnc on July 22 2003
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When Timothy Zahn is at his best, there is nobody better. The Conquerors Trilogy deserves to be remembered as an all-time great, and The Icarus Hunt was a delightful action/suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. Angelmass, unfortunately, does not come close to Conquerors or Icarus. It is better than some of Zahn's middle-period works (like Triplet, for example), but not the five-star we'd been coming to expect. (And that's okay; we can't expect a writer to be perfect *every* time, can we?)
Angelmass is a black hole that spits out "angels." What the angels are and how they affect humans is the center point of the novel, and often the science babble overwhelms the story. Characters here are often too wooden, and sometimes seem to be caricatures of previous Zahn characters (High Senator Forsythe reads like a dumbed-down version of Talon Karrde, for example). We learn on the last page to our astonishing lack of surprise that the two main characters are becoming romantically involved - a result both blatantly predictable and poorly developed.
But then one doesn't read Zahn for character or romance, does one? Zahn is best at plotting and action, and Angelmass provides both. Zahn is a master of battle - both space battles and one-on-one combat, and there is enough of each here to please any Zahn fan. There's political intrigue, too, of course. In short, Zahn fans will find enough here to enjoy. Non-Zahn fans, however, may read this one and wonder what all the Zahn fuss is about.
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