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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,843 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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5 of 5 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 27 Oct 2013
By Beckers
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The Nova War story arc continues here with another satisfactory entry. Gibson does seem to tripping over his ancient, galaxy spanning civilizations in this episode, with every indication that we'll meet another, hitherto unannounced race in the next installment.

It doesn't quite hit the frenetic pace and energy of Nova Wars for me, but does serve as an entertaining bridge to bringing Dakota's story to a close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 Mar 2014
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A great story with multiple threads to it. The backdrop is a little like the Progenitors. Interesting aliens and mad tech appeals to my inner sci fi nut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Information Space 15 Mar 2014
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I haven’t read a science-fiction novel since Blade Runner (nearly 25 years ago). Before that, I think the only sci-fi novel I read was a Star Trek story written by William Shatner. I enjoy science-fiction films and television shows, or some, but for whatever reason, SF-lit never really appealed. But I might have to reconsider that perspective after reading Marauder, written by Gary Gibson, a rising star in the UK’s sci-fi literary scene. Marauder was fast-paced, impressively detailed, and well-conceived. The writer has it mapped out, and the reader is jolted and jarred through a series of dramatic events toward a spectacular conclusion and the hint of stories to come. Gary Gibson’s Marauder was highly entertaining. I give it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of wonders 27 Sep 2013
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Gary Gibson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, let alone favourite science fiction authors. He has the considerable, not-to-be-underestimated talent of bringing lightness and accessibility to hard science fiction. While I will always enjoy a good SF bookbrick, there is something to be said for a SF novel that you can hold in one hand without it having lost any of the wonder and vision and clever depth of novels often twice the size. Marauder is a novel that I have been waiting months for, the pressure of the wait intensified greatly by reading The Thousand Emperors (Final Days 2) this summer. The joy of finally having Marauder in my hands to read was heightened by the gorgeous glow of the cover. It's a goodlooking book and the insides are just as appetising.

Marauder is set within the universe of the Shoal Trilogy and yet it is also a standalone novel. Earlier this year I read the first of the trilogy, Stealing Light, because I wanted to be well-acquainted with the universe, its beings, planets and terms, before reading Marauder. There is mention of the people and events of Stealing Light in Marauder, as well as reference to the other two novels in the trilogy, but you could quite happily read Marauder without any knowledge at all of the earlier books. Mind you, I'll be back to finish the trilogy.

One of the strengths of Gary Gibson's writing is his characters - a mix of strength and vulnerability, and they're satisfyingly complex. The principal characters are often on their own journey to self-knowledge and so it's not surprising that they surprise us just as much as they astonish themselves.
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