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Well constructed Science Fiction story,
This review is from: Evening's Empires (Quiet War 3) (Kindle Edition)
This is cerebral, imaginative and ambitious. Author Paul McAuley has built fantastic worlds, with impressive geology and eco systems. His focus is not just on exotic planets, but also beaten up old space stations and desolate wastelands. None of this would grip by itself, so it is also a bonus that at its heart, Evening's Empires has a mystery for its hero, Hari to solve. He must go on an intergalactic `walkabout' to unlock the secrets of his family's past, to better understand himself and his current predicament.
This is full of high drama and interesting locations and set pieces, yet I did feel a little detached from many of the characters. They walk in and out of the plot and introduce new problems or situations for Hari to escape from or solve, but they were not as fleshed out as they perhaps could have been. That said I really enjoyed the journey, following Hari's progress as he navigated his way through the minefield.
Clearly McAuley is a very skilled writer, and here he has constructed an interesting and original universe, so fans of this genre will not be left disappointed. This is not just a space opera, but also it's about families, companionship and the past's influence on the present. McAuley proves that you do not need epic space battles to make an exciting and gripping sci-fi story.