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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446612634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446612630
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,115,592 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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A space adventure on galactic scale from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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TIME WAS WHEN THE BAR WOULD HAVE WELCOME A MAN FROM ZANTIU-Braun's strategic security division, given him his first beer on the house and listened with keen admiration to his stories of life as it was lived oh so differently out among the new colony planets. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Semioticghost on 6 Sept. 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Waterlow on 18 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Peter F. Hamilton. Master of the multi-billion page sci-fi epic, as regards his massive Night's Dawn trilogy. In between those building-blocks of books I decided to read this most recent offering (to a small extent because it's that much shorter). Those who have read Hamilton's books before, this is very much more of the same, but his talent is such that this is no bad thing at all. Although this is meant to be a different universe to the Night's Dawn one, there really are a few too many repetitions of his previous inventions under slightly different names, such as neural nanonics' counterpart "Direct Neural Lace", and many others. Although this doesn't impact badly upon the story itself, I felt this new setting ought to have been more removed from his other works to feel properly apart from them. However, if you, like me, enjoyed his Night's Dawn universe, this is hardly going to be a bad thing.
Those who have not read Hamilton before - his books follow a certain pattern in the writing. There tend to be large chunks of background, where he insists upon outlining the history of a planet from its birth right up to the social and economic issues of its current inhabitants. In Fallen Dragon this can really wear a bit thin at times if you're not naturally interested in bouts of science-babble intake. His characters have a lot more depth than many a sci-fi novel, and he spends considerable time making the physics and biological aspects of his world believable; unless you know your space physics it's very easy to believe everything he says, such is the assured tone used and general sense most of it makes.
The story centres about Lawrence Newton, as you will have gleaned from the synopsis.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "generalblob" on 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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