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  • Hardcover: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (21 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345547195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345547194
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. 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 work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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Another stonkingly large and addictive SF thriller from one of the genre's leading exponents. Huge cast, enormous canvas, big ideas - mega in every way. Daily Mail A thoroughly enjoyable and unstoppable work that will leave you craving more. Fans will adore it and whilst it is also quite friendly to new readers, those new to his work should start at the beginning of the Commonwealth series with Misspent Youth and enjoy the entire wild ride. Starburst A satisfying and well-oiled story, with potential for more epic adventure to come. Booklist Quite simply, this is a novel whose world-building and story have been masterfully interwoven with previous Commonwealth novels, as well as one that stands alone in delivering a complex and immersive narrative, and shows a master at the top of his game. It's intelligent and gripping, action-packed and emotional, but most of all it's a shining example of what science fiction has to offer.I can't recommend this novel highly enough. Peter Hamilton doesn't just write Space Opera, he defines it ... Imaginative, intelligent and accessible, The Abyss Beyond Dreams hits all the right notes. If you like your science fiction in shape of epic, sprawling, interstellar space opera things can't get much better than with new novel by everyone's favourite Peter F. Hamilton ... Quite simply, The Abyss Beyond Dream is Hamilton's love letter to his readers. It's set in everyone's favourite universe and it has everything you'd expect from Peter F. Hamilton's book - epic scope, engaging story and twists to die for. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there's any truth to the visions they've received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn't even know existed, he finds so much more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they've been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure - that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death - they are by far the greatest threat to humanity's continued existence on this planet.

But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he'd never hoped to find - the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it . . .

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E M Aldred on 10 Oct 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The story begins as spaceships have been accidentally pulled into the Void, a mysterious black hole-like anomaly in space, constantly monitored because of its potential threat to the Commonwealth. Centuries later Nigel Sheldon, the creator of the Commonwealth, is sent in to investigate the expansion of the Void and the disturbing visions emanating from it.
This is not the first book in the Commonwealth series, but it is possible for a reader to get into the world and orientate themselves fairly quickly, because the exposition is competently woven into the ongoing story. Although, the uninitiated may have to hang on in there to keep up with the slippage between factual and fictional technical details or they might miss something important. However, the author has a practised world building technique that really helps with the visualisation process.
‘The Abyss Beyond Dreams’ is a well-honed mix of space opera, horror, and political thriller, with several strands to the overall story arc. Despite the expansive storyline, there is attention to detail and the characters are written in a way that makes the reader feel emotionally engaged with them. The horror element is effective and there is an underlying sense of disquiet rippling through the course of the book, as the author plays with releasing and reeling in the tension.
At 750 pages it is an epic, but one that rattles along at a good pace, considering the action moves from a highly technical, advanced world to one that resembles an old frontier town. There is a sequel and a reader will certainly want to know what happens next.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who decided to begin this novel without prior knowledge of any book in the Commonwealth series I'm glad to tell you that, for the most part, you can pick the story right up and not have any problem. At the beginning of the book there is a Commonwealth Time Line which I didn't understand until I was well into this novel and then began to go back and pick up on when previous important events had occurred. Otherwise, you will find that the novel is divided into six Books, some with chapter designations, some without. This story takes place in 3326 with Nigel Sheldon going on a mission to find the truth about what happened to Captain Cornelius Brandt and all those aboard the seven starships which disappeared into the Void. The novel moves back in time to relate incidents that happened relating to Brandt and his crews but it also moves forward to find what is happening on the planet Bienvenido. The Raiel aliens consider the Void the greatest evil possible because it seeks to dominate the Universe. That is why the Raiel have joined with the Commonwealth and Nigel Sheldon to force a way into the Void so that Nigel will survive the journey long enough to find out what happened to the starships and how it happened. Any planet or starship entering the Void is considered lost forever. That might not actually be true.

This was an enjoyable novel which continues to build on a world and societies created in previous books. I certainly did like the depth of the world these characters live in and the uniqueness of the scientific advancements was excellent. Once the action moved to Bienvenido the mystery surrounding the Fallers unfolded slowly enough to extend the suspense of what was happening with them and yet it held my interest throughout.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on 16 Oct 2014
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This is the first book in Peter F. Hamilton’s new Chronicle of the Fallers series. It is set in the same commonwealth universe as a few other books written by him. The main focus of the book is about humanity learning more about the void and how to defeat it before it consumes our universe.

As usual Peter Hamilton is a master at creating a detailed and rich universe. This is not small book by any means with the hardback coming in a massive 674 pages. There is a nice amount background about this new planet in the void and the people that inhabit it. All this extra detail is great to have, making the world much easier to visualize. I wont add spoilers in this review. This book expands on Peter Hamilton Void universe with some old characters coming back such as Nigel Sheldon, there are also quite a few new ones added. This book is a nice blend if science and fantasy, with things like the neural implants and the telekinesis.

The only real dislike was that I am not too keen on how the different perceptions were laid out in the book. It gives you one characters story for part of the book. It then jumps back in time to give someone a different characters story of the same time. Then towards the end of the book it all comes together with both perspectives becoming one.

This is a really good first book in Peter F. Hamilton’s new Chronicle of the Fallers series. It is definitely worth the money to buy this book.

I was a little worried when I picked this up having not read books from the same universe for several years now, as too whether I would get lost or confused. I needn’t had worried as returning characters are introduced and enough background given for the memories to come back from other books in the series.
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