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Fallen Dragon [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Hamilton
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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The acclaimed Peter Hamilton's standalone SF adventure Fallen Dragon sees him taking a breather after the immense, galaxy-spanning Night's Dawn trilogy, with a tauter story of future skirmishing in a mere few solar systems.

Centuries hence, despite faster-than-light travel, human interstellar exploration is stagnating. There's not enough money in it for the vast controlling companies such as Zantiu-Braun, now reduced to extracting profits via "asset realisation"--plundering established colonies that can't withstand Earth's superior weapons tech.

Lawrence Newton's childhood dreams were all about space exploration. Now he's just another Z-B squaddie, trained to use the feared, half-alive "Skin" combat biosuits, which offer super-muscles, armour and massive firepower, all queasily hooked into the wearer's bloodstream and nervous system. Commanding a platoon in Z-B's raid on planet Thallspring, Lawrence has secret plans to make off with a rumoured alien treasure.

But Thallspring resistance is unexpectedly tough, thanks to locals such as Denise Ebourn who have mysterious access to neuro-electronic subversion gear far subtler and perhaps more dangerous than Skin. Meanwhile, how fictional are the stories Denise tells her school pupils, about a fabled Empire that ruled our galaxy for a million years before becoming... something else?

Hamilton excels at violent action, but not with the dreadful simplicity of space opera. Despite his role in the explosive Thallspring situation, Lawrence genuinely hopes to avoid bloodshed--while Denise's lofty idealism results in chilling atrocities, and even Z-B may be less cruel and monolithic than it seems.

A breakneck interstellar chase leads to a satisfying finale and an unexpected romantic twist. This is solid, meaty SF entertainment. --David Langford

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The acclaimed Peter Hamilton's standalone SF adventure Fallen Dragon sees him taking a breather after the immense, galaxy-spanning Night's Dawn trilogy, with a tauter story of future skirmishing in a mere few solar systems.

Centuries hence, despite faster-than-light travel, human interstellar exploration is stagnating. There's not enough money in it for the vast controlling companies such as Zantiu-Braun, now reduced to extracting profits via "asset realisation"--plundering established colonies that can't withstand Earth's superior weapons tech.

Lawrence Newton's childhood dreams were all about space exploration. Now he's just another Z-B squaddie, trained to use the feared, half-alive "Skin" combat biosuits, which offer super-muscles, armour and massive firepower, all queasily hooked into the wearer's bloodstream and nervous system. Commanding a platoon in Z-B's raid on planet Thallspring, Lawrence has secret plans to make off with a rumoured alien treasure.

But Thallspring resistance is unexpectedly tough, thanks to locals such as Denise Ebourn who have mysterious access to neuro-electronic subversion gear far subtler and perhaps more dangerous than Skin. Meanwhile, how fictional are the stories Denise tells her school pupils, about a fabled Empire that ruled our galaxy for a million years before becoming... something else?

Hamilton excels at violent action, but not with the dreadful simplicity of space opera. Despite his role in the explosive Thallspring situation, Lawrence genuinely hopes to avoid bloodshed--while Denise's lofty idealism results in chilling atrocities, and even Z-B may be less cruel and monolithic than it seems.

A breakneck interstellar chase leads to a satisfying finale and an unexpected romantic twist. This is solid, meaty SF entertainment. --David Langford


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (21 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21CG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Like all Hamilton stories, it's not the writing style that will capture your heart. It is the story.
Any fan of the 'Night's Dawn Trilogy' will find this book instantly likeable, due to Hamilton's trademark consistency with technological detail. But its strongest point comes through the book's main protagonists. They become humane and likable as you follow their stories across different periods of their lives.
Fans of 'Night's Dawn' may find that some of the technologies in Fallen Dragon are simply old concepts that have been given new names. But don't be put off by this, as Hamilton's real talent is for characterisation and story-telling. And the love story in this book puts many romance novels to shame.
Anyone who was moved by the emotional roller-coaster that was 'Reality Dysfunction' will undoubtedly be touched by Fallen Dragon. If you can forgive the sometimes-tedious detailing of this book, you'll be absorbed in a very decent plot that was created from a very good idea and has been told in a very touching manner.
Like all Hamilton stories, it's not the writing style that will capture your heart. It is the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars epic space opera with good, unusual ideas 6 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
"Fallen Dragon" is an epic space opera with a positive plethora of good, unusual ideas. The plot is a mosaic of separate viewpoints and timelines in a 24th century universe where large corporations are major powers involved in piracy on worlds settled by colonists. Faster-than-light travel has shrunk the distances between planets and systems, but attacking corporate forces and revolutionary settlers have very different outlooks, which support the tension throughout the narrative.
The novel centres on a corporate soldier and former idealist, Lawrence Newton, whose experiences provide the fulcrum for the novel which otherwise suffers from a lack of characterisations, in places. Other characters' cardboard cut-out attitudes with insufficiently illustrated justifications occasionally interrupt the flow of the tale. Nonetheless, this novel provides something for action-adventure fans along with hard-core sci-fi nuts and lovers of epic alternate societies, which is a hard act to follow.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best work 21 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
Fallen Dragon is Hamilton's best work so far.
Why?
It actually has an ending. The writing is more concise than his other works. It feels like it has been edited. The characters are believable. There is actual exploration of real feelings and issues. The protagonist is not perfect, not super skilled in some way. He is torn by his beliefs and his experiences.
I felt betrayed by the Night's Dawn series - I read 3500 pages (paperbacks) and got crap at the end.
I really think Hamilton is a fantastic writer...I just really have a problem with buttoning up a saga in a few pages. Fortunately Fallen Dragon doesn't fall into this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Night's Dawn? 4 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback
After a gap in writing following 'The Naked God', Peter.F.Hamilton bursts back into the genre with a book which will have you craving for more.
'Fallen Dragon' is set in the 24th Century, long before the Confederate Navy, in its place is the Zanti-Braun Corperation, which uses soldiers in near inprenertable armour, called 'Skins' in missions known as asset - realization, which involves they taking back the technology they lent to corperations to help them colonise planets.
The main character, Lawrence Newton, is such a soldier. A runaway at the age of seventeen, he joins the Z-B Coperation to get back at his parents. Years later, on a seemingly routine asset - realization mission, Lawrence and his squad meet with stiff resistance, and there seems to be more than a simple rebellion going on.
Good so far, if only Mr. Hamiliton could have gotten the timeline sorted out at the start of the book, it would have been a better read, and would have got 5/5. But, the problem is on possibly more than four seperate occasions, the book jumps back into Lawrence's flashbacks, quiet often in the middle of an action paragraph. True, all but one of the flashbacks, (the only really annoying one been the thing with Joanne), are certainly entertaining, especially the two detailing previous missions.
Most of the characters are good and varied, and while Simon Roderick is a good character, it is not established from the beginning that he has several clones, which leads to confusion later on in the story.
I must say, I bought and read this before I ever got the 'Night's Dawn Trilogy', but must say that 'Night's Dawn Trilogy' is better than 'Fallen Dragon'. Don't get me wrong, 'Fallen Dragon' is an excellent read, but certain faults prevent it from been exceedingly excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard 7 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
Hamilton's earlier works convinced me that there was room for massive space operas on our bookshelves. The Night's Dawn trilogy managed to be be huge without ever being flabby, sadly the same cannot be said of Fallen Dragon. There's probably a decent 400 page novel in here but sadly it's swamped in an improbable tale of corporate raiders and an alien that barely makes it past the status of plot device.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As has been said in other reviews, those familiar with Night's Dawn and Greg Mandel will be familiar with Hamilton's technological future. What is new - and what makes this such a thoroughly enjoyable read - is that the familiar technology is simply a backdrop to a well thought out plot. Having loved every page of Night's Dawn, the conclusion left me feeling slightly cheated - the simplicity of the ending didn't match the complexity of the build up. Not so Falled Dragon. In this one, Hamilton's got his ending right. Furthermore, like Kim Stanley Robinson in his Mars trilogy, Hamilton has written Fallen Dragon in a political, and above all economic paradigm which is entirely plausible. Don't let the reworking of existing themes put you off - this is SF at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton's Best?
I think I've read most of Hamilton's output and whilst almost all are very good there are some standouts. This is one of them. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. G. Chisholm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
So good I could .hardly put it down. Feel like I need to find out if there is a sequel even though it's 1-30 am
Published 2 months ago by MR RUSSELL JOHN JENKINS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story about the dangers of commercialising space.
Probably would have given it 3.5 stars if that were possible due to the ending for the main character, which I didn't like. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. A. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Guerrilla resistance at its best
As an antidote to a world where unreasoned violence kills and maims indiscriminately, we have a book where finely honed resistance orchestrated by the weak controls the powerful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LCB
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A good, fast paced read. Enjoyable, not too taxing. Sometimes a little thin on character reasoning, but it's a story not real life, so if you go with the flow you'll get the most... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SeanG
5.0 out of 5 stars a real masterpiece
Properly, a masterpiece is an artisan's proof of his entitlement to professional status. here the author shows off his brilliant portfolio of skills to my entire satisfaction. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Hamilton
Fallen Dragon is classic Hamilton and again confirms the author as a major science-fiction writer. At 600+ pages plus, it is actually quickly read, and you might consider it if you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by reader 451
4.0 out of 5 stars reasonable read not his best work
Light read but poor plot consistency over the whole book. If you have read his books
before them you will find it ok. If not try earlier work its much better
Published 10 months ago by Linda Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
There is definitely a good story lurking within this book. The underpinning ideas and the characters have plenty of potential. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb read
A fantastic read from start to end. Another Hamilton masterpiece. Would love to read the further exploits of Lawrence Newton, considering the transport facilities available to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tony Smith
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