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on 16 February 2007
Following on from 'Mindstar Rising', Greg Mandel is once more persuaded to leave his farm and use his special interrogatory talents and techniques. Dr Edward Kitchener has been found in his home, ritually slaughtered with the MO of a serial killer. The house was thoroughly secure, however, and the killer in question locked up in a secure facility at the time of the murder. The only possible suspects were Kitchener's six students. Greg, via his empathic gland, has already determined they are all innocent.

One has to applaud Hamilton for not only creating a page-turning sequel to Mindstar Rising, but also for placing it in such a realistic setting with a detailed back story.

Hamilton's Britain is about thirty years ahead of when he wrote this. The ice-caps have melted, the sea level has risen, Britain has shrunk to a shadow of its former self and is recovering from several years of dictatorial rule by the People's Socialist Party and their thuggish black-shirted People's Constables.

In fact, the novel begins with Greg having to rescue a neighbour in his village from a lynch mob who believe him to be ex-PSP, which sets the tone very well for the background of the story.

Hamilton still seems to be finding his feet plotwise, since it's not that difficult to guess how Kitchener was murdered, although the why of it thankfully remains a mystery to the end. As a kind of light relief counter-tale to the main plot Julia Evans plots to bring down a media commentator who seems to revel in criticising Julia's choice of outfits for public appearances.

What is exceptional about this book, and in a sense heralds Hamilton's later work and his multi-character epics, is the characterisation. He certainly seems to have a gift for bringing personality and individuality to even the smallest characters.

Once again, perhaps the only failing in the novel is that Greg Mandel is just too damned happy. He has his own farm, a gorgeous wife, the friendship and patronage of the richest woman in Europe and everyone likes him, apart from those who are a tad nervous of his spooky Jedi mindtricks.

A little traditional gumshoe loneliness and angst might have made Mandel's character more convincing and enhanced the sexual tension between Julia and himself, but it's a small quibble. The book is a solid and enjoyable piece of work.
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on 11 August 1999
Set in the same universe as "MINDSTAR RISING", this is a sort of cyber /detective novel hybrid. An emminent professor has been brutally slaughtered, the main suspect is one of his brilliant students. Greg Mandell Psi enhanced ex soldier, now a private detective is bought out of self imposed retirement to investigate. I enjoyed this book, though unfortunately you can work out whodunnit halfway through. Not as good as his first but still a worthwhile and sometimes exciting read.
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on 4 June 2007
In Mindstar rising PFH introduced Greg Mandel an empathic PI. The story was convoluted and full of brilliant twists. I am not knocking the book as it is excellent but all too often authors go for more of the same, bigger and worse. PFH works the opposite direction, keeping it down to a single twist. It is more like sherlock holmes with a hint of sci fi. Suffice to say if you like the first one you will like this.
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on 6 February 2016
A QUANTUM MURDER is book 2 in the terrifically written, fast paced, excellent sci fi series of Detective Novels featuring psi - enhanced agent Greg Mandel. This time around, murder is afoot with the grisly demise of Academic Genius Dr Edward Kitchener, found torn to shreds in the bedroom of his exclusive manor and resort for fellow academics who are under the watchful eye of Kitchener as they finish their studies.

It turns out, however, that Kitchener was working on a top secret project for the much acclaimed Event Horizons conglomerate. So top secret, in fact, that even Julia Evans wasn’t on the know. And it turns out that the project in question related to wormhole discovery, FTL Travel and the commercialisation of space. We ain’t playing with Monopoly money any more, kids. So with Event Horizons linked to the murder, the obvious presumptions of murder aren’t quite as valid as they appeared a few moments ago, so one has to think in terms of industrial espionage and all of the drama that brings to the stage.

The book is a joy to read. Those with a love for all things science fiction in their souls will find their heart rates jumping as they finish chapter three, when the true nature of the book is revealed. Lovers of the classic crime novel, however, will also get their money’s worth, as the book on one level is a classic whodunit.

But the book is so much more than the sum of its parts. Characters grow and develop. Friendships are made. Enemies are sworn. The true brilliance of the author’s imagination is on display with just about every page, every flash of insight he blesses the reader with, and every major and minor plot twist he uses to keep us enthralled until the very last page.

I must admit that the opening two or three chapters were a trifle slow, but once the body was discovered, even the few twists and turns merged into the story leading up to that point, the reader knew they were holding something truly special in their hands. And of course none of the magic lets up until the story’s end. And even then, it is bound to stay in your consciousness for weeks after you have stopped reading.

The major question I have for Mr Hamilton at this stage, is not whodunit, but whenisit? That is, when is Book Four Of the Greg Meandel series coming out please? I said please!

Full marks for this fantastic novel.
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on 6 July 2015
It's very well written, but I fear the conclusion is not very convincing, the hero surviving against all the dads and perhaps the laws of physics! I can't say too much about the murder itself or the murderer without giving away the quite simplistic - within the concepts of the story - plot.

It was a good read though.....
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on 4 March 2016
More Great Stuff... as good as (or better than) the first book in the series ... and as soon as you've finished it you will be ordering the third. Excellent, fast paced, big imagination, rattling good read
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on 13 August 2013
Imaginative, well written and based on science.
The best of science fiction!
Another Greg Mandel book, one of my favorite characters
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on 11 April 2009
This guy is amazing,great continuity and involving story lines with good depth of character,will suck you in,you have been warned.
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on 18 September 2013
Hamilton has a way of drawing you into his world and becoming involved with it. Another great book in the Greg Mandel series.
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on 24 June 2014
I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I can imagine that he could write great poetry because along with a rich and engrossing ability to write amazing stories he writes very good descriptive prose. I have everything he has published. No pressure Peter - but when can we expect the next one?
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