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The Gap Series (2) - Forbidden Knowledge Paperback – 2 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; (Reissue) edition (2 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006470203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006470205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, a medical missionary, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant.
He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers.
He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in 2000.

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‘The essence of Donaldson’s artistry – and the key to his success – is his ability to construct narrative crescendos that build and build and keep on building, unremittingly, until they have reached a pitch which no composer of texts has ever attained before.’
Interzone

‘Fascinating… the best thing Donaldson has ever done.’
Oxford Times

From the Back Cover

BOOK TWO OF THE GAP SERIES

Stephen Donaldson’s ambitious space epic has not only been acclaimed by critics as an outstanding literary achievement, but has also become a worldwide bestseller. In 'Forbidden Knowledge', the far future first depicted in 'The Real Story' is further revealed in all its astonishing absorbing complexity, as the author spins a galaxy-wide web of intrigue, deception and betrayal.

Morn Hyland has survived a terrible ordeal at the hands of one pirate, only to find herself trapped in the ship of another. Nick Succorso rescued her from Angus Thermopyle, but for what purpose? He and his crew are all illegals, and she is a cop – a cop with gap-sickness. Just having her on board puts all their lives at risk. But Nick knows that Morn possesses something that could be of value to them all – and he has every intention of exploiting it.

On the long and hazardous voyage to forbidden space, Morn will hear shocking rumours of high-level corruption, and even more alarming tales of a shadowy alien force – the Amnion – and their all-consuming mutagens. All too soon, the bizarre stories will become terrifying reality …

“Stephen Donaldson, a master of cybernetic horror, writes in overdrive … corruption is rife, gangsters and fraudsters abound, layer upon layer of environmental and moral pollution … life in the uncontrollably fast lane”
DAILY TELEGRAPH


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
Stepehn Donaldsons gap series provides for through provoking and entertaining reading. The characters are well developed allowing the reader to understand and relate to the events taking place. The gap into vision provides an excellent coninutation from the first book allowing the story to unfold in increasingly unpredicatable ways. I could not put the books down as I moved from the first to the fifth, turely excellent Sci-fi adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RCS Young on 28 Nov. 2006
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This is a wonderful second book in my favourite series of books.

The first book sets the scene and the second slowly starts to peel away the top layers of this many-layered delight. You will struggle to find a character to like and if you're anything like me you'll find yourself asking "Who's the good guy? Who am I rooting for here?"

Again this is a short-ish book and opens the doors for the following three which are stupendous. The story alone is worth five stars but even the short descriptions of some of the science (the gap drive for example) are incredibly well researched and innovative.

Just buy the lot, take a week off, sink in to your favourite armchair and wallow in these wonderful books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RCS Young on 12 Feb. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like your science fiction dark and gritty then this is the series for you. If you're considering this book then you've probably already read the first book, The Real Story, so you already know what you're in for - more of the same except that Donaldson starts to expose more of his world and the scarred characters that inhabit it.

The Gap Series is probably the finest science fiction I have ever read and the pace picks up right the way through to the fifth book. Throughout the characters are subjected to all kinds of horrors until the manipulative politics at the root of it all begin to shine through.

I'm glad I had the next book ready after each one as I found them almost impossible to put down.

If you liked the Assassin Trilogy by Robin Hobb then you will probably like these too. If you haven't read either then do yourself a favour and make Amazon a bit richer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2001
Format: Paperback
what can I say.... I was introduced to stephen donaldson through the mordants need series and although slightly dissapointed, still found them easy reading book's with a difference. They however, were only an insight to this series. with amazing characters and unbelieveable settings donaldson delves deeper into his world of piracy, mistrust, conspiracy, phisical and mental torture and anguish. His imaginative portrayal of characters such as Nick succorso and Morn hyland drag you in with him.... I could not put this or any of the gap series down!
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I enjoyed the prequel to this a lot and was not disappointed by this, the second book of the series. It is better than book1 and surpassed my (already quite high) exxpectations. Once again Donaldson delivers breath taking pace and excellent story development. Action, combined with in depth psychology and a fascinating future tech world make for a compelling read! I could not put it down.
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