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Marauder Hardcover – 12 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748903
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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’

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‘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’

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

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This breathtaking stand-alone novel is far-future drama at its most thrilling - and Neal Asher has called it 'Enjoyable far-future adventure among the stars'.

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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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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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Marauder is the latest installment in the Shoal Sequence. Set over 200 years after the original trilogy, it revisits well-known places (Redstone), concepts (the Makers, Nova drives, etc.) and characters, after a fashion (with a twist I won't mention here to avoid spoilers). The Shoal are gone and the Accord has filled in the void it left behind. On Redstone, Uchidan has won over the Freehold. All this provides the setting for an interesting book, albeit a somewhat predictable one.

The characters' motivations are clear and the story proceeds at a good pace throughout the book. Readers of the previous books will be able to foresee some of what is about to go on, which may have depleted some of the impact expected for some passages. On the other hand, I'm not sure to what extent will someone that hasn't read the other books enjoy this one. Most of my motivation to read the book was to see what had happened since Empire of Light and to "revisit the familiar". I fear the lack of referents may hinder the enjoyment of newcomers to the Shoal Sequence.

The book leaves open the door for a new installment in the sequence that I would very much like to read. As foreshadowed, it could be a good story full of new exciting concepts. As for Marauder, it was a nice book I'd recommend to readers of the original trilogy but perhaps not to those that haven't yet read it.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I only read it as part of a book challenge and actually loved it! The book has two main characters Megan and Gabrielle.

Megan is a pilot that can communicate with her ships due to implants in her head. Megan and her friend Bash are asked to communicate with a ship that has been flying around space for thousands of years with no apparent mission. The first attempt leaves Bash effectively brain dead and Megan running for her life. But Megan knows that she will need to find a way back to the ship and learn a way to communicate with it before a bigger threat destroys the entire solar system and everything Megan holds dear.

Gabrielle has been groomed for the huge honour of ascending to the top of her culture. All she has to do is take on the thoughts and personality of another person and lose everything that makes her her. Her story is about her trying to escape from this fate while being betrayed at every step and not knowing who to turn to until she meets Megan.

The whole story is a complex tale of cloning, mass genocide and saving the solar system from a threat it doesnt even see coming. The characters are well rounded and realistic. The science isn't too technical and the story sucked me in completely. I cannot wait to read more by this author.
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Although a sequel can be read standalone, though probably best after the other books in the series, rather than before.

I did find that the heroine did have one or two too many very remarkable close escapes. There's close, closer and getting quite implausible, and there's several of the latter. Think James Bond style "no i expect you to die Mr Bond" implausible escapes one after the other. WOudl be good to see her a bit more in control sometimes.

Having said that, really enjoyed it and hoping there's a sequel in the same story line.
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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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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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