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The Naked God (Night's Dawn) [Hardcover]

Peter F. Hamilton
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30 Mar 2012 Night's Dawn
The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the 'possessed' to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind which hasn't been seen by humankind for six hundred years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction.Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God - which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed.
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  • Hardcover: 963 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Sgd Ltd edition (30 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159606420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596064201
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 15.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,170,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy--The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and now The Naked God--is ambitious in its galaxy-wide, multiple viewpoint plot, its political and metaphysical subject matter, its sheer 3,000-page scope. The damned have broken out of the afterlife and possessed whole planets; a gallant and untrustworthy space captain is haring off after alien sorts; and for the resurrected Al Capone, the secret masters of Earth and the government of the human Confederacy, it is business as usual...Hamilton's super-charged villain, Dexter Quinn, arrives on the home planet of humanity with a mission--to convert enough people to his Satanist creed that Earth can be taken out of the universe altogether: "Quinn raised an arm, his sleeve falling to reveal an albino hand with grizzled claw fingers. Three thin streamers of white fire lashed out from the talons, searingly bright in the gloomy, smoke-heavy air". The many fans of Hamilton's high-octane gloomy space opera will find this finale a worthy successor, and thrill to its many surprises; Hamilton's evocation of the depths of space and the strangeness of alien races has rightly won him much praise. A certain moral ambiguity has also crept in to what was at first a black and white universe--some of the returned damned are heroic and compassionate, and many of the living are not as nice as all that. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and still lives in that county. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has written many bestselling novels, including the Greg Mandel series, the Night’s Dawn trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga, the Void trilogy, two short story collections and several standalone novels. Find out more about Peter F. Hamilton at www.peterfhamilton.co.uk or discover more Pan Macmillan and Tor UK books at www.torbooks.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing 22 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
As a suggestion it's probably best to read the three novels in the series back to back, or at least with minimal intermissions. The vast numbers of underdeveloped cut-and-paste characters tended to blend together after a while, and I spent a good proportion of this final novel trying to remember events in the previous instalment (read about a year previously) and who these individuals who appear with no introduction actually were.
Even more than before, The Naked God reads like a collection of a dozen or so sensibly-sized novels thrown up in the air and the chapters shuffled into random order. On the down side, that did leave me wishing that the author wouldn't keep switching away from a plotline as I was just getting into it, but on the other hand it did create an sense of anticipation and a desire to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.
Anyway, having enjoyed the first two books I knew what to expect, but I soon discovered that it was starting to turn into a soap opera with each return to a familiar scenario giving me my momentary fix before hauling me off somewhere else without very much having occured. I also found myself becoming increasingly alarmed as the number of pages remaining started to shrink with no sign of an impending conclusion, or indeed any indication that the plot had any intention of wrapping up. So the fact that the ending was rushed was not a surprise - the fact that it was so implausible and unsatisfying undoubtedly was. As others have suggested, the author seemed to have tied himself in knots with no way to untangle the various strands of plot without using a big pair of scissors.
Anyway, despite the lingering disappointment, and despite the impression I may have given up to now, I did enjoy the majority of this book and definitely the series as a whole - I just wish the author hadn't let it slip so far out of his control.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect... 26 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
...right up until the very end, when the 'deus ex machina' conclusion (and it's too-neat tying up of loose ends) spoiled it all.
Which is a shame, because up 'til then this had been an almost faultless series -- right up there with Julian May's 'Many-coloured Land' saga as my all-time favourite sci-fi.
Still well worth reading the trilogy though.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here ends the excellent Nights Dawn Trilogy 9 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When I first saw the size of "The Reality Dysfunction" (part one of this trilogy (Night's Dawn)) I was a bit wary about buying such a large book by an author I didn't know. It turned out to be a great decision. I couldn't put the book down. Even with so many characters and different threads of stories, the book is easy to follow with a gripping stroyline. Enough of the minor stories came to an end to make it an excellent book but the cliff-hangers ensured I bought the next book, "The Neutronium Alchemist". Once again I was not let down. This too was a brilliant book. The plot thickened as it developed. The carefully thought out technologies of the future become intriguing parts of the book as opposed to just being extras. By the time I had finished I was desperate to read the final part of this 3600+ page trilogy. The Naked God excelled where the other books shone and it brought together all the plot elements that had been so carefully seeded during the first two books.
The science-fiction I typically read normally comes either under 'hard science-fiction' (such as Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, etc.) or very easy going such as the Aliens and Predator books. The Night's Dawn trilogy (and especially the Naked God) manages to settle very comfortably in the middle. There is enough action, romance and horror to keep the easy reader attached to the book whereas at the same time Peter F. Hamilton manages to make his invented technology sound so real and so natural to the people who use it (while at the same time not so alien that we can't understand it), the typically 'hard sci-fi' reader will find themselves submerged in a believable far future of mankind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spiffing good read with a disappointing ending 18 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having enjoyed the first two parts of the trilogy a great deal, I came to the third part with great trepidation and excitement. I had had to put off the reading of it for a month because I had gone on holiday. On my return I picked it up from Waterstones in Brighton and started to read it on the train home. Hamilton has a significant talent for taking you out of yourself. I was instantly back in the universe I had enjoyed so much before. I finished the book in 11 days, which for me is an amazing pace (it took me a month to read the Neutronium Alchemist, and I could hardly put that down!)
Overall I think it is an amazingly good read, truly unputdownable, but as the novel progressed I did find myself increasingly disappointed. I thought the ending was too easy, too trite, with everything tied up too neatly, and too nicely. The homily about why people end up in the beyond made me cringe. I think it a shame, that the ending does come across as rushed. Tho' the ending wasn't inconsistent with what had gone on before I do get the impression that Hamilton could have gone on for another 1000 pages had he wanted to or had been contracted to. And that is where the other disppointment derives - the sense of relentlessness of plot. I love plot/story/narrative or whatever you want to call it, but by the end I was gasping for something more...
Anyway, I look forward to his next one with great anticipation nevertheless!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy progress toward a quick, flawed conclusion
How do you face 1,332 pages?
How do you confront 469,000 words?
My solution: Dedicate as many waking moments of my day for 16 consecutive days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M-I-K-E 2theD
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring vision
This is probably the best science fiction (all three books) that I have read. The scope and inventiveness of the multi-thread story line, the character portrails and outstanding... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars just a stunningly imaginative and powerfully written story that cannot...
just a stunningly imaginative and powerfully written story that cannot be recommended highly enough! A real shame I have finished it !
Published 2 months ago by Brigadier99
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
An excellent trilogy. Well written and imaginative storyline. For far above the usual tripe I read - a real treat!
Published 2 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars great so far.
Another great sequel, continuing the trilogy nicely. I think the first book was the best though. A must read if you have already read the first 2.
Published 4 months ago by C. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great final book to an epic tale.
I finally finished this awesome trilogy a few days ago. Just over a year it took me. Shame I know but I Was slacking a lot with the final book to be honest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. M. Gedeon
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting ending
Just glad that I could read all 3 books back to back not only because it was easier to keep track of names and places etc; I did not want to put it down until the story reached... Read more
Published 6 months ago by azzathedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Armageddon in Space! What an idea!
Far in the future Humans have spread, living on hundreds of worlds, inside millions of asteroids and even gargantuan, genetically engineered living, sentient bitek habitats. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars great saga, not quite perfect
The first book in the trilogy was amazing. The introduction of historical figures after that spoilt it a bit for me. The plot could have been developed without that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sherlock
4.0 out of 5 stars I haven't read it yet
haven't read it yet, but I was just looking to order the third part of night dawns trilogy.

I found the neutromen alchemist better written that reality dysfunction. Read more
Published 8 months ago by andy
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