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The Great Long Grind,
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This review is from: Great North Road (Kindle Edition)
Gosh this book drags. I love a bit of epic Hamilton space opera, but this story fails to reach the heights set by his previous work. The underlying story isn't actually that complex and has some neat ideas, but it just felt like Mr Hamilton then set out to try and make it as needlessly complicated as possible.
The laborious details of the North family tree (a family of super powerful industrialists) stood out as an example of this, combined with a, frankly, stupid naming convention (their first names begin with either A,B or C depending on the branch of the family; I defy readers not to get mixed up between the Aldred's and the Abner's)
Then there was the most boring murder investigation I've ever read. The future setting is exciting, but the minute of the details the detectives go through was most certainly not. There really is no need to have to read about every dead end their investigation takes.
The whole "Gospel Warrior" plot thread was just bizarre. Not sure if Mr Hamilton was trying to get at something, but I felt it stood out badly.
The mission to St Libra felt like a bad Predator rip off at points.
Things start to pick up about two thirds of the way in, but in a book this long it is a hell of a slog to make it that far. I did enjoy the latter chapters, but the various pay-offs were not enough to make up for the previous hard going.