- Hardcover: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230750052
- ISBN-13: 978-0230750050
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 6.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Great North Road Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton's
"The Evolutionary Void"
"Satisfying and powerful . . . Space Opera doesn't get much more epic."--SFFWorld
"Spiced with plenty of action and intrigue."--"San Jose Mercury News"
"The Temporal Void"
"Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling."--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great, sprawling, ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction."--SFCrowsnest
"The Dreaming Void"
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller . . . dozens of scenarios, a surprisingly well-delineated cast of thousands, plotting enough to delight the most Machiavellian of readers."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)
"Peter F. Hamilton [is the] owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction, author of immense, complex far-future sagas."--Ken Follett, author of "World Without End" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
St Libra is paradise for Earth's mega-rich. Until the killing begins.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It starts with a murder, and the body that is fished out of the river is a North, a family of genetic clones, and this corpse has had all the identity markers removed. There are five puncture marks on the chest, and the heart has been shredded. The last people to die this way did so 20 years ago, on the colony of St Libra, and the woman who was tried for the murders is still in prison. So begins the most sensitive, and politically charged investigation of Sidney Hurst's career.
With the new murder, the HDA decide that they need to go back to St Libra and fully investigate the claim by Angela that the murders were committed by an alien. She is pulled from prison and sent through the gateway, essentially a wormhole, with a crack team of legionnaires and back to St Libra to find this entity.
And so starts this epic story. It flips between Newcastle, and St Libra and you follow the ebb and flow of the characters in their successes and failures. The people on St Libra start to conclude that the plant they are on is a bioformed planet, and the alien is there as a guardian. St Libra`s sun suddenly red shifts, sending the planet into a mini ice age, and the alien starts to eliminate the legionnaires in the group. Meanwhile back on earth the investigation into the murder has become a lot more complex and charged, and it starts to look like the fall out between two corporations, and the police are playing catch up.
Apart from the fact that this is enormous, and took even me a while to read, I really enjoyed it.Read more ›
Talking of weaving, one of the most enjoyable and challenging things about Hamilton is tying his story threads back together using the limited (but very deliberate) clues he writes in before the plot is revealed. I got a fair few, but some of them eluded me until about page 930... It's always fun trying to guess, but I don't think I'll ever be able to call him predictable.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the way he wrote against a believable background, speculating on where modern science and technology might take us and describing how people will live in the near future; think Michio Kaku but with verve, humour, and a lot of very British style. Of course with sci-fi it has to go a little bit further and we have seemingly implacable aliens, spaceships and strange planets. However, unlike the Void trilogy, it doesn't stray into fantasy; believability makes this story more accessible.
Of course Hamilton already has a great reputation for his story-telling skills, but I think that with Great North Road he has improved his writing style. Recent novels have had a large cast of characters, which often led to uneven coverage.Read more ›
Read and enjoy.. If you like long stories. If you prefer them shorter, Look elsewhere. (Although he now caters to that market as well)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As with all Peter Hamilton novels excellent from start to finishPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a readable book with lots of interesting ideas. Unfortunately the central murder mystery plot, when it finally gets explained, has some fairly obvious holes, which rather... Read morePublished 1 month ago by eleorinde
A cross between a murder mystery and an alien hunt. The story has many layers that build as it goes along, with character back stories being drip fed in to provide detail at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Normally I would complain about books being a bit short or ending in ways that lead to a sequel but this one is well written, inventive with (mostly) believable characters but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Muskrat
I love Hamilton. but this was thin and not like him at all.
with characters doing things that just would not happen. Read more
Pages missing is my copy corrupt? Something isn't to chm t he tee w broken maybe Amazon fault normally isPublished 3 months ago by Me
Great read, a really long book but I really enjoyed it and can recommendPublished 3 months ago by Baggins
I was enjoying it, right up to the point where the alien became noble savage. The plot built well, for a while, but the resolution was just plain stupid. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rduck
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