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Not a big fan but I liked this,
This review is from: Evening's Empires (Kindle Edition)
I remember the first Paul McAuley book I read, Four Hundred Billion Stars. The gigantic concept as related through a Human protagonist blew me away. After that I found his writing disappointing. I just could not get engrossed. A couple I just binned (before Kindle). Despite promising starts every story I read seemed to fall flat.
Evenings Empires I loved and I really could not put it down. The tale is set in a crumbling solar system where millions of habitats from Mercury to the Kuiper Belt have been abandoned and those that are left trade and squabble. McAuley passes over advanced but ruined and pillaged technology like a peasant living in th ruined forum of Rome. His protagonist Hari has escaped from his hi-jacked family trade ship and now must find out why he is being hunted across the system.
Deceit and double deceit bring back reminiscences of Eric Ambler's spy fiction of the fifties and sixties. Even the most loyal of companions has a motive that might conflict with Hari's attempt to ransome those of his family who may (or may not be) left alive.