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Mindstar Rising Mass Market Paperback – May 1997

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812590562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812590562
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #802,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Critically acclaimed in his native England for four novels, all SF, Hamilton makes his stateside debut with the novel that launched his writing career and that begins his Greg Mandel trilogy. Set in a 21st-century England recovering from massive global warming, the story reads like a collaboration between William Gibson and Ian Fleming. Freelance operative Mandel is a veteran of the Mindstar Battalion, whose men received telepathic powers via implanted glands. Now he is the ally of the teenage heiress of a high-tech industrial empire, Julia Evans, in a desperate battle against Kendric di Girolamo, a ruthless and obsessed financier, and Leopold Armstrong, former leftist dictator of England, who is trying to regain power. Plenty of action, exotic hardware (particularly computers), urban grunge, double handfuls of eccentric, decadent or criminal characters and enough willing women to raise the eyebrows of the politically correct hallmark this fast-moving tale. SF fans may particularly enjoy, as a change of pace, experiencing a vision of the future that coheres but that takes its clues from British, rather than American, society and history.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Published in England in 1993, this first book in the Greg Mandel trilogy introduces us to an England suffering from the environmental and political effects of global warming, an energy crisis, and a credit crash. Mandel, an assassin, is hired to protect a teenage corporate heiress. As Mandel goes through his paces, Hamilton fully describes the devastated countryside and political machinations in a country struggling to cope in a bleak future. Recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In titling this review I have deliberately played with the plot of the book. “Mindstar Rising” in fact has as its protagonist a former military, Greg Mandel, who was implanted with a special gland that allows him to feel the emotions of other people, and in a sense, to read their minds, even if not literally. Mandel is now a private detective who finds himself investigating a plot of global reach focused on the young heir to a billionaire. The story is set in a dystopian near future, a future in which global warming has transformed England into an almost deserted place where seas invaded the coasts and changed their morphology, where oil is over, and people live in a world degraded in a mixture of low and high tech, the second especially is the prerogative of the rich.
The setting is picturesque, though I cannot stand post-apocalyptic stories, but the plot revolves around something very different and so this aspect hasn’t had a negative influence on my judgment.
Although we are faced with situations very different from those of the usual books by Hamilton, his style is recognizable in the extreme complexity of the plot, the description of uninhibited erotic situations narrated as something natural, his long scenes that keep you glued to the pages of the book, his sought language that forces you to concentrate to the maximum while reading, the ending that can tear a smile.
This is the first novel of Hamilton, the first of a trilogy that I will continue to read soon. In a sense, I appreciated it even more than his space operas, perhaps because imagining a near future gave me more references in the present and made it easier to imagine myself in the story. Hamilton’s characters are alive and you just want to know more about them.
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Creating an almost foreign world, populating it with interesting characters, plotting a tight thriller AND setting it in the near future is no mean feat but Hamilton does it brilliantly with "Mindstar Rising".
The world-weary ex soldier Greg Mandel is an excellent blend of self composed "done it all" attitude and state of the art technologist. Splash in some very human traits (like a need for revenge, neglect of friends and using your rare talent to advantage in the sack) and you have a book that sucks you in from the first.
To my mind the best of the three Mandel stories (compare to "A Quantum Murder" which was good and "The Nano Flower" which is insanely far fetched when you actually stop to think about things and definately tighter than the last Hamilton I read, "Fallen Dragon" (which I think shows signs of writers fatigue...God knows where the drive comes from to deliver another 600 pages after The Night's Dawn Trilogy but there you are)).
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Despite disliking the title of this book - as it is way to close to Brin's "Startide Rising" - and thinking that the opening was weak (especially the "sharp scintillations slashing" triple enumerated alliteration in the first line), I found that I enjoyed it. After a shaky start, Hamilton manages to spin an interesting story. Set in the near future, the world his protagonist, Greg Mandel, lives in is one afflicted by climate change and political warfare. Hamliton manages to pump out numerous dry and wet tech ideas as well as including some sociological ones.
Some of the characterization is a little weak and, in my opinion, the balance between filling in too little detail on the "universe" the story is set in and too much is off a few times. (I found myself skipping parts of paragraphs here and there which, to be fair, was probably as much to get back to the gripping action as to skip tedious excessive descriptions of the countryside.) That said, this action-detective story is worth reading as it still manages to entertain and stimulate the imagination.
This was Hamilton's debut novel. In his later works, especially in "The Reality Dysfunction" Hamilton improves on his characterization without loosing the ability keep the action and ideas flowing...starting with his first book will only whet your appetite for Hamilton's writing.
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Mindstar rising was the first Peter Hamilton book I read - but not for long. As soon as I had got past the first couple of chapters of this book, I went out & bought the rest of the trilogy ('A Quantum Murder' and 'The Nano Flower'). All concern a 21st Century dramatically changed both Politically and Environmentally. The main protagonist is Greg Mandell, a veteran of the second Gulf war, who has some enhanced psychic ability - due to experimental surgery performed on him & others who tested 'positive' for the basic capability. Due to this ability (and the fact that he has become a private detective), he gets pulled into a world of high-powered politics & intrigue, with the action mainly taking place in the Rutland area of England. If you haven't read any of his books, this is good one to start with; but don't forget to buy the rest of the trilogy. The book is handled well, with the characters being believable, & having a depth to them that you will find in all his books.
Any complaints? Ony one - that I hadn't read it sooner. This trilogy is one I keep coming back to (8 times so far), and has become one of my firm favourites. Saying that.....which bookcase did I put them? I think I'll start them again, ta ta.
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