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The Neutronium Alchemist: The Nights Dawn trilogy: Book Two (Night's Dawn Trilogy)

The Neutronium Alchemist: The Nights Dawn trilogy: Book Two (Night's Dawn Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Hamilton
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Peter Hamilton's space-opera saga, which began with The Reality Dysfunction, continues in The Neutronium Alchemist. Now the battle lines are clearly drawn, and more than half a dozen plot lines are charging ahead as humanity's galaxy-spanning culture faces a terrifying revelation: souls of the dead are returning from the beyond to possess the living. The living, though competent and brave in the best sci-fi tradition, must contend with history's greatest generals and leaders, as well as some unexpected champions. Al Capone, it seems, makes an excellent interstellar emperor. How do you fight an enemy whose every soldier is also a hostage and who, if killed, will simply return to possess someone else? The dilemmas are not just technical, but moral, as people face the first real proof of life after death.

This conflict is far broader, though, than a simple apocalyptic battle of good versus evil. Among the possessors are some good souls who fight the risen dead even though it's against their best interest. Conversely, plenty of the living see siding with the dead as an opportunity to further their own interests. Action, wonders, and mystery continue to characterize this high-quality series. --Brooks Peck

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The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation’s peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night. In such desperate times the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist – so she can complete her thirty-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated. But he’s not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to sue the ultimate doomsday device. ‘Hamilton puts Britain sci-fi back into interstellar overdrive.’ The Times ‘Space opera has rarely been dealt with in such majesty... inventive, ambitious, and, like the greatest of tumbling acts, leaves you giddy for more.’ Daily Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1627 KB
  • Print Length: 1284 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22OS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel to a execellent novel 17 Feb 1999
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This is the sequel to "The Reality Dysfunction" and now I've read it I can say its just as good. The story jumps straight into the midst of the action, and grips you by the throat right from the first page. Best of all is the way the author builds on the personality of the characters, making them more real, with their own lives and backgrounds. You can see each of them develop and change throughout the story, giving it an extra dimension, making you really care about the characters themselves. There are new elements introduced into the storyline as well, none of which I'm going to discuss here - you'll have to find out about these yourself. All I can say is that together they make this book an excellent sequel to the first, adding to the story not "cashing in" on the success of the first as so many sequels do. My advice is Buy it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Investing time in Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy is heart-breaking. I finished Book 1 in fifteen days during a long holiday, but I polished off Book 2 during a month of full-time work--all 30 days of it. While reading the 393,000 words of The Neutronium Alchemist, I could have read six shorter (and better) novels in the same amount of time. At the same time, I'm trying to make space on my bookshelves; with these tomes will have been completed, and most likely sold to my favorite second-hand bookstore, they will free up some much needed shelf room... though not enough for the 50 books which are stacked elsewhere. Alas, another book, another review, another slot made available on my to-read shelves.

Talking about numbers here, comparatively, Book 1 (The Reality Dysfunction) has 385,000 words and is 1,094 pages long, which is 46 pages shorter than Book 2. As these books are part of a trilogy, they must be read in order, with a behemoth conclusion in Book 3: The Naked God that tips the scales at 1,332 pages and 469,000 words (!). This is a trilogy with a total of 1,247,000 words--be prepared for the battle: focus, focus, focus and frequently consult the "Cast of Characters" appendix (pages 1139-1144).

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"The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence.

On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the Final Night.

In such desperate times, the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 25 Sep 2013
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I've been away from the SF genre for years. Saw a copy of this book in a Charity shop, so decided to have a read + it was a big thick book (something to get my teeth in to). Then I realised it was available on my Kindle. I've thoroughly enjoyed the first two books and am looking forward to reading the "Sleeping God". Just wish the last 2 books in the trilogy had the Xray facility. It was very useful in the first book as I became familiar with all the characters and galaxy wide locations! Mr Hamilton is an excellent writer.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little overlong... 24 Nov 2003
By Simon
The Nutronium Alchemist follows directly on from The Reality Dysfunction and up’s the pace, introducing more characters and sub-plots that keep you glued to each page.
Joshua Calvert comes into his own, his jolly British witticisms are a breath of fresh air – no more American SF speak here at all - especially when he swears! It sounds like being in my local!
I found this instalment somewhat overlong. The whole story could have worked well at half the length. Though I suppose Hamilton wanted to keep the bulk of the novel in keeping with the blockbuster idea he started with TRD. The was no need for this to be so fat a novel and although well written it went on and on and…
The ideas behind TNA are sound and the science bits are intriguing to say the least. The characters run around and do their thing with zest and inventiveness that keeps the novel afloat, but why so long?
A good bit of editing is needed here…
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Part two of the saga and the tension continues to mount. There is a sense of helpless inevitability as the Possessed continue to breach the gap between the dead and the living. How can any society withstand such an overwhelming attack on the preconception that death is final, let alone deal with a physical assault by the dead?
Peter Hamilton is a consummate writer. His skill lies in his ability to develop and maintain all his characters throughout a constantly twisting and ever more convoluted plot. Having said that, he does not succumb to the temptation of sacrificing the plot to further his characters development, thereby allowing the story to run its course without too many miracles or last minute rescues. On a number of occassions I found myself putting the book down because I did not want to find out what was going to happen - but not for long, I always had to return to the story.
He has also, in my opinion, created a very believable universal order. He has produced societies and technologies that are conceivably the product of our current society. The split between Adamists and Edenists echoes the sentiments of our current growing dilemma with genetics. He also bows to the inevitability of the super-corporation and the probable reality that, ultimately, money will motivate our colonization of the stars. He has kept away from the utopias or lawless free-for-alls of other galaxy-colonizing authors and has written about a culture that has left Earth from a variety of motivations and using different technologies. This diversity makes his universe that much more believable as it mirrors our own historic development.
He also steers clear of blinding the reader with too much futuristic mumbo-jumbo science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a totally brilliant trilogy
I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I love his grasp of science with futuristic applications. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sylvia merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars A continuation
Just like the first book The Neutronium Alchemist is mind-bogglingly vast in the scale of the story and the area it is played out in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Green Ninja
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid sequel.
In the reality Dysfunction, Hamilton took three quarters of the book to really set the scene for his Confederation, even after the possessed emerged, a large part was still simply... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens
Went through this book at light speed!

Although the trilogy is quite long it does not feel like a chore due to the engrossing story and likeable characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by azzathedon
4.0 out of 5 stars great sequel
A great sequel, but less SciFi and more fantasy than the first book so far. I love the tech in this series.
Published 5 months ago by C. Freeman
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 5 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
One of the first of peter hamilton's trilogy books ive read, so many different story lines all revolving around a single event. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AndyC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...Awsome! **possible spoilers**
There was a lot more to the Capone organisation/invasion and characters than I remember from the first time I read this book. It was great! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bookloverxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent original storyline and developed characters that have got me hooked. So hooked that I am reading the trilogy back to back.
Published 11 months ago by Art
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in depth story
A fantastic book with lots going on. I really like how much depth and background information goes into peter f Hamilton books. Check out pandoras star and Judas unchained too.
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