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Marauder [Hardcover]

Gary Gibson
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12 Sep 2013
Megan has a mission. But must she sacrifice herself to save a world? Pilot Megan Jacinth has three goals, and they all seem unattainable. She must find her friend Bash, who she’d left for dead to save her own life. Then she needs Bash’s unique skill-set to locate an ancient space-faring entity. Lastly she must use this Wanderer’s knowledge to save human-occupied worlds from an alien incursion. The odds seem impossible, but the threat is terrifyingly real. Megan finds Bash, but the person she’d known and loved is a husk of his former self. Bash is also held captive by her greatest enemy: Gregor Tarrant. Tarrant wants the Wanderer too, even more than he wants her life, with motives less pure than her own. And he’s close to finding Megan’s most closely-guarded secret. A race across space to reach the Wanderer seems Megan’s best option. But this entity is also known as the Marauder, and is far from benign. The price for its secrets may be just too high. Megan should know, as she still bears the scars from their last encounter … Megan has a mission. But must she sacrifice herself to save our worlds? Pilot Megan Jacinth has three goals, and they all seem unattainable. She must find her friend Bash, who she’d left for dead to save her own life. Then she needs Bash’s unique skill-set to locate an ancient space-faring entity. Lastly she must use this Wanderer’s knowledge to save human-occupied worlds from an alien incursion. The odds seem impossible, but the threat is terrifyingly real. Megan finds Bash, but the person she’d known and loved is a husk of his former self. Bash is also held captive by her greatest enemy: Gregor Tarrant. Tarrant wants the Wanderer too, even more than he wants her life, with motives less pure than her own. And he’s close to finding Megan’s most closely-guarded secret. A race across space to reach the Wanderer seems Megan’s best option. But this entity is also known as the Marauder, and is far from benign. The price for its secrets may be just too high. Megan should know, as she still bears the scars from their last encounter … The Times has said Gary Gibson is ‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher . . . a treat for all fans of intelligent space opera’ and SFX has called his work ‘Gripping, imaginative and morally complex’.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748903
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at www.garygibson.net.

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Review

Praise for Gary Gibson ‘A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure’ The Times ‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher . . . a treat for all fans of intelligent space opera’ Guardian ‘High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation help to make this a page-turning belter from one of our best exponents of hardcore SF adventure’ Daily Mail ‘Gibson has produced a seriously entertaining Sci-Fi page turner’ SFX ‘A satisfying and absorbing read from a hugely enjoyable author’ Interzone ‘Gripping, imaginative and morally complex’ SFX ‘A cracking holiday read . . . Gary’s best to date’ SFFWorld.com ‘One of the top SF writers active today…In the right hands SF can be wonderful, inventive, and hugely enjoyable - and Gary Gibson is just that sort of author’ WalkerofWorlds.com

Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch (SFX)

From the Back Cover

Megan has a mission.

But must she sacrifice herself to save millions?

Pilot Megan Jacinth has three impossible goals. She has to find her friend Bash, who she left for dead to save her own life. She needs to locate a space-faring entity, using Bash to do so. Then she must unlock this Marauder's ancient secrets. And if she doesn't, millions will die. An alien incursion is coming, and the Marauder's knowledge is the key to survival or annihilation.

When Megan finds Bash, he's being held captive by Gregor Tarrant. Tarrant wants Megan dead - but not before he finds the entity himself, for his own dark goals. Megan is desperate to reach the Marauder first, but the price for unlocking its secrets may be too high. Megan should know, as she still bears the scars from their last encounter . . .

'Well-imagined . . . space-faring action from an established name in the genre'

Independent

'Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch'

SFX

'A great high-adventure, action-packed escapade among the stars'

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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but somewhat predicatable 25 Sep 2013
By Ali
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I've really enjoyed all of Gary Gibson's books, and the Shoal Trilogy were my introduction to his writing.

Marauder is undoubtedly a good book, and it races along towards its conclusion. For those who have read his previous books, this is almost an epilogue to them. The one thing that lets it down is that several of the supposedly shocking plot developments are rather obvious from quite early on - not to spoil anything, but Megan's previous life and her means of escape from Redstone are things that had me thinking 'why doesn't she does do that rather go through all of this?'. Worth reading, and the first of September's onslaught of major SF novels.
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By Mr. Roy Ellor VINE VOICE
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To me, Gary Gibson and Neal Asher are the business at the kind of sci-fi I love to immerse myself within.

This novel, set in the future of the Shoal trilogy universe, reminds me a little of the way Peter F Hamilton also returned to his Commonwealth universe with a new story that gathered in the strands of his previous work. It isn't by any means a filler or add-on to a completed story arc, as it's a perfectly readable book in its own right. I would recommend, however, that you come into the Shoal universe at the beginning Stealing Light (Shoal Sequence) if you are new to Gary's work and worlds then work your way up to this excellent story as it will make it all the more enjoyable.

Five stars from me for a thoroughly excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mister or Misses? 13 Aug 2014
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This is a great book, a wonderful addition to a great space opera. But Gary has called one of the major bad guys "Karl Petrova" and he really should have checked this out first. Petrova is a woman's name, it's like this guy is called Karl Petersdottir or Lucy or Karlina. This is really jarring for me, it smashes the narrative flow... I live in Bulgaria and Petrov/Petrova is like Smith. Maybe it's intentional and Karl used to be Karlina, but in the family Petrovi there is Mr. Petrov and Mrs. Petrova. Apart from this I whole heartedly recommend this book, just buy all the other ones in the "Shoal Sequence" first, awright!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable 9 Dec 2013
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Exciting and with a protagonist one cares about, this is probably the best of the Shoal series. I really don't have more to say about it, but did want to add stars to the book as it is worth recommending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff 11 Nov 2013
By m. dosa
Format:Hardcover
this is an exciting and solid chunk of sci fi,great storylines and characters.the marauder is menacing and interesting the main characters carry the plot well even the bad guys are nice and bad.i was impressed with how it all worked so well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, fine series 25 Oct 2013
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This is the series that keeps on giving. Am loving the descriptions of space he's created. Full of aliens, space battles and great characters. I hope the Shoal will reappear soon; if there's a better alien than a superior intelligent fish, I've not yet met one.
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