A space adventure on galactic scale from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers.
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
The authors imagination of the technological innovations of the future is quite exceptional. Succeeding in being completely believable and totally cool!
The social ramifications of these changes give the technology an even more believable slant. And his ability to keep one interested in seemingly completely unrelated subplots, which give you a background in how things got to where they got is just awesome!
Do not be put off by the technological jargon, this book is a rip roaring read, with blood, guts, love, hate, heroes and evil dudes galore!
If you havent read the 'Nights Dawn Trilogy' Do it NOW, P F Hamilton is essential reading for anyone who is remotely interested in Sci Fi, this boy has a fantastic imagination! When is the next one coming out?
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.