This is space opera on an epic scale, with dozens of characters, hundreds of planets, universe-spanning plots, and settings that range from wooden huts and muddy villages to sentient starships and newborn suns. It's also the first part of a two-volume book that is itself the first book of a series. There's no question that there's a lot going on here (too much to even begin to detail the plot), but Hamilton handles it all with an ease reminiscent of E. E. "Doc" Smith. The best way to describe it: it's big, it's good, and luckily there's plenty more on the way.
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his wife and daughter. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His previous novels include the Greg Mandel series: Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower and the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God, which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction and a major name in global science fiction writing. His ten novels and one handbook (a vital guide to the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.
Impossible to read only one of this series - you must read all 6 books and you will be hooked after this first one. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2008 by Susan W
I liked the first part of this book, and part 2. It's too long, though. I'd say this book could be one third the size and be 10x more enjoyable. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
This book is the best in SF i have ever read in my life !
It has the most beautiful writing , it is very difficult to read it in english ( when the english is not your first... Read more
This series is more horror than science fiction. The basic concept is that the dead are coming back to possess the living. A bit over the top, in my humble opinion. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by luc warm
The story develops in a very insteresting universe. It has high quality violence that includes great space battles. The main characters are interesting and likable. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by A. Marrero
In a future where humans are successfully colonizing the galaxy, something terrible begins to stir on the otherwise insignificant jungle planet Lalonde. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by David Bonesteel
"....the first part of a two-volume book that is itself the first book of a series." Amazon.com review. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Lucius
This truly is junk. I am always on the lookout for good hard science fiction in the vein of Gregory Benford or Allen Steele, and I hoped I had found something like that when I... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Blues Fan
The bookseller who handles the rather extensive science-fiction section at my local independent bookseller absolutely gushed over this series. Read morePublished on July 15 2003