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Limit [Kindle Edition]

Frank Schätzing , Shaun Whiteside , Jamie Searle
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'Full of excitement and danger. [A] complex and well-woven thriller [that] combines a thoughtful vision of the future with relics of the present and creates an atmosphere both alien and familiar' Library Journal.

'Enthralling and visionary' Thomas Reiter, Astronaut.

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The first space elevator connects the Earth to the Moon, prompting a
breathless race between the Americans and Chinese to get to the Moon's helium-3 - the rare element that promises to solve all the world's energy problems.

In Shanghai, cyber-detective Owen Jericho has been hired to find Yoyo, a missing girl, but what started as a routine investigation soon develops into a nightmarish hunt. There's a crazed assassin hot on his heels, all because Yoyo accidentally stumbled onto a secret society called Hydra - and now it's not just her life at risk.

Following the Hydra trail takes Jericho and Yoyo round the world and finally to the Gaia, the Moon's very first hotel, where a billionaire entrepreneur is entertaining some of the world's richest and most influential men and women

But the secret society that is Hydra has its own plans for the Earth
- and the Moon. And nothing and no one will be allowed to stand in its way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 1249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1623650445
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (7 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The volume I read was large and heavy and so was the scope ot the story. The sub-title of Limit is "How far will you go ?"
The author went quite a distance at rather a slow pace; the characters buzzed around on a variety of vehicles that were "Tomorrow's World" out of "Flash Gordon" with some of the empty optimism of the former but none of the pzaz of the latter and many concepts first and better seen in classic Sci-Fi. Several seemingly disparate story lines were slowly developed - some on Earth, some on the Moon and some at points inbetween and beyond. It was past one thousand pages before something like a denoument surfaced and it became apparent that was what all those pages of print had been leading towards. It could all have been so splendid, limitless in scope but the net result is a grand idea spoilt by mundane writing.
Of course being translated by several people did not help; one wonders whether the many translaters each took a character (and the oft obtuse musings and strange behaviour of same) or whether the opus was simply divided up amongs the work force - which is rather how it reads. What a pity. DJG
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept for a thriller but way too long 15 Mar 2014
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so much potential and some good characters and fantastic ideas sadly spoiled by being three times the size of a normal book. unevenly paced and too much filler meant I only half read the more boring parts to get back to the more exciting space based storyline. Would have been a classic in the hands of a better thriller writer like Michael Crichton but in the end just average.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Earth to the Moon by Elevator 19 Nov 2013
By George Webster, Ph.D., - Published on
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I first heard of a space elevator to the moon while I was working at the Space Center at Cape Canaveral. The engineers discussing it seemed to think that it was possible. Thus, although I seldom read science fiction, I thought this book might be interesting. And it has been. The author has constructed a thriller involving entrepreneur Julian Orley, who in 2024, has constructed a space elevator cable to the moon and then built a hotel for the very rich on the lunar surface. Naturally, an accomplishment like this is going to attract all manner of odd people doing bad things, and that (plus the setting) provides plenty of action and suspense. Now, a word of warning. The author does a very thorough job on details, so the tale is long. The print copy is 1229 pages, so if you are going to read it, relax and take your time. I also advise getting the E-book version. The print edition is so heavy that I could only read it at my desk. Still, I found the story to be enjoyable.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish the entire book was written like the prologue 12 Dec 2013
By Ron Cole - Published on
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This is the English translation of Limit, originally written in German by author Frank Schatzing. I am a fan of both fiction (especially Sci-Fi) and German authors (example: Markus Heitz's translated Dwarves series), and was looking forward to reading this book when I first heard about it. So, when this massive 950+ page tome arrived in the mail, I was elated. After reading 200 pages, though, my enthusiasm had declined significantly; by the time I was half-way through, I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.

But let's start at the beginning. The prologue, which details the happenings of one very unlucky astronaut, is incredible. Highly descriptive, it contains action, character development, interesting sci-fi, and (*GASP*) an actual story arc where things happen at a reasonable pace. If the entire book had been like this prologue, I would have been extremely happy!

But it wasn't. So I'm not.

Limit is a book of uneven pacing with painfully long stretches of nothing important happening. It also needed a better editor. There are chapters that are flooded with newly introduced cookie-cutter characters that will overload the short-term memory of readers. Other chapters are devoted to painfully long dialogues that are supposed to inform readers of world happenings, but just drag on over superficial points. The worst part is, hundreds of pages pass with almost no advancement of the main storyline. It speeds up towards the end of the book, but you have to read a lot of pages before then - and most people just don't have the time and patience for that.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I liked the Sci-Fi concepts introduced, but the book just moves too slowly for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good near future science fiction thriller 13 Feb 2014
By S. Crouch - Published on
There are a few problems with this book, the main one being that it's much longer than it needs to be. There are large sections of the narrative throughout that don't advance the storyline much. Another problem is the extremely optimistic timeline. We have a space elevator with bases and facilities for mining Helium 3 for fusion power on the moon and it's set in 2025! Something like 50 years in the future might be more realistic but I suspect the author picked a date near the present so that the geopolitical situation could relate to the present more closely.

Those criticisms aside, I found it a very good story that was difficult to put down. The size of the book is a problem though and it might be easier to read as an e-book. There are lots of characters but the two main ones are Owen Jericho, a web detective based in Shanghai and Julian Orley, a British space entrepreneur who reminds me of Richard Branson on steroids. Jericho is in the process of finishing a case where he was instrumental in closing down a particularly nasty pedophile ring when he is asked by his rich businessman friend Tu Tian to help in finding the activist daughter of a friend who has disappeared. At this time we get the hint of a deeper conspiracy because the daughter Yoyo is being hunted by a psychopathic assassin, Kenny Xin, who pops up very frequently in the rest of the book. In the other storyline Julian Orley is taking a group of billionaires on a tour to his luxury hotel on the moon Gaia.

The moon part of the story is handled very well with lots of high tech but the pace doesn't pick up until it becomes clear that there is a traitor on the moon and there is a connection with the missing girl (who by this stage is no longer missing). There's not much more I can say without injecting major spoilers but there is lots of action. It does sound a bit like a disaster movie at times though.

Overall I was pretty happy with this book but it could have done with some editing. I think it's a comfortable 4 stars though.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limit 28 Nov 2013
By Brendan Moody - Published on
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1240 pages of techno-thriller, translated from the German. That would be enough to put a lot of people off right there. And like many a techno-thriller, this one has its deficits: exposition worked awkwardly into the prose, strained dialogue, odd variations in pace. But if you enjoy this sort of thing, LIMIT has its charms as well: poetic asides that, despite uninspired translation, balance the more workmanlike elements, and the slow unspooling of an elaborate mystery. This is, obviously, not a book to be undertaken lightly; my softcover review copy has the heft of a phone book, and some will feel that it reads like one too. But if the opening pages intrigue you, this may be worth the many hours you'll invest in it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad 12 Feb 2014
By Fosseldorf - Published on
This is one of the most badly written books I have ever seen. One star for effort, or at least something like that.
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