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5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favourite books, 5 Jan 2007
This is one of my favourite books. It is more than simply Science Fiction and is as much a thriller as any other genré. Banks' easy style compells us to read on as the story unfolds, twisting and spiralling with past and present, revealing to us the 'hero' Cheradenine Zakalwe.
This book, as has already been suggested, does benefit from some knowledge of the Culture and I would repeat that Consider Phlebus and The Player of Games would help expplain some of the other characters.
It does stand alone however and the story is so rich that I have been drawn to read it all over again.