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The first instalment in Peter F. Hamilton's epic Commonwealth Saga
It is AD 2329 and humanity has colonized over four hundred planets, all interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth has grown into a quiet, wealthy society, where rejuvenation allows its citizens to live for centuries.
When astronomer Dudley Bose observes a star over a thousand light years away vanish, imprisoned inside a force field of immense size, the Commonwealth is anxious to investigate what actually happened. As conventional wormholes can't reach that far, they must build the first faster-than-light starship. Captained by Wilson Kime, an ex-NASA astronaut a little too eager to relive his glory days, the Second Chance sets off on its historic voyage of discovery.
But someone or something out there must have had a very good reason for sealing off an entire star system. And if the Second Chance does manage to find a way in, what might then be let out?
'Anyone who begins this won't be able to put it down . . . Hamilton proves that "intelligent space opera" isn't an oxymoron'
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Life is too short, this book is way too long.
Though I did learn to gaze at pages picking out the plot, which is quite good. Read more
I am sorry I bought this book. It rather boring. Too much bla bla. I have read better SF books.Published 28 days ago by ernst van der lingen
If you enjoy wide sweeping space opera in a realistic universe - than this is a treat. Thoroughly enjoyed this and am glad I bought the second book already!Published 1 month ago by Wendrie Heywood
Super sweeping 2 parter which covers so much and projects a future that is incredible but believable - dont take my word read!!!Published 1 month ago by keith
I gave up after the first 600 pages. Too many characters. Too convoluted plotting. Moves too slowly. Far too much tedious description of things. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fred the Oyster
I enjoyed this epic saga which is set three hundred years in the future when humanity has colonised a new Commonwealth of hundreds of planets all linked together by wormhole... Read morePublished 2 months ago by I. D. Watson
Third reading of this book. Brilliant top quality SF. Hamilton is a master of his craft. My favourite SF author by farPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer