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Convergent Space by [Cleary, John-Paul]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Sutherland; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SWE452
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a well written post-apocolyptic trek around the Galaxy. Highly original and great fun to read. There were a couple of incidents where the science was ever so slightly off but these are easily forgiven and forgotten.

The storyline was highly original with some really great ideas, some of which could be developed further in a sequel (that I am certainly looking forward to). Wonderfully interesting and colourful characters introduced throughout keep the pace flowing smoothly.

All in all, a well worthwhile read that leaves you wanting more at the end.

If you like your sci-fi with a good mix of action and adventure but not too much tech then this is the book for you. It's also amazingly good value for money.
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The Galaxy was living in peace and harmony benevolently controlled, protected, and guided by The Guild.

200 years ago The Aveche threatened the peace and tranquillity of the planets within The Guild. Earth as the founders and most technologically advanced Planet develop a Shield that will encompass all of the Galaxy's and systems within The Guild, and after millions of relay stations are set up it is time to put the Shield in place.

The Earth fleet sets out with the final part but before it can be put in place a Great (shock) Wave spreads through known space destroying millions of planets and trillions of lives.

Earth is blamed for the catastrophe and ostracised and a new ruling class is born in the The Renaissance.

Earth spends the next 200 years sending out Archeosoldiers to track what actually happened in the belief that their technology and the Shield could not have caused the disaster, no one believed them.......

Convergent Space then, turns out to be a futuristic inter galaxy archaeological detective story, with one person Archeosoldiers sent out in their ships with nothing more than a micro companion, which is connected to them wirelessly from birth, and dies when its human companion dies.

As large parts of the remaining galaxy are still in turmoil and planetary wars and civil wars are ongoing, the attrition rate of the Archeosoldiers is high. Rone, a female Archeosoldier was badly injured during her quest and had managed to get assigned to a Renaissance station and was living with the leader of that part of space until a badly wounded soldier turns up in her front room.
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This is the most fun I've had reading a sci-fi novel in ages. Lots of spaceships, galactic conquest, ancient mysteries, superweapons, and believable and engaging characters. Intelligently written and it cracks along. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Clever and imaginative. At times I had to flick back to understand who was who and what was the ultimate goal of the characters. Above all it was not difficult to read, and JPC has a relaxed style of writing that I found myself saying,.....Yeah that's pretty smart piece of writing.
It's an intense piece of speculative reading although fundamental laws of physics seem at time to be ignored.....so what? its a spaced time adventure where anything is possible....read....enjoy...I did
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Convergent Space is set in the universe thousands of years into our future and two hundred years after a galaxy wide cataclysm which destroyed thousands of worlds and trillions of people. The Earth is blamed for this disaster even though at the time it was our technology and resources being used to perhaps protect once and for all our part of the galaxy from an invading alien race. Branded with this disgrace and shame for two centuries the Earth has sent out teams of investigators to sift through the rubble and discover the truth about the "Great Wave" to discover exactly what it was and who or what was responsible for it.
That's the basic premise of the story and it's certainly an interesting idea and one I personally have not come across before in scifi literature and the Earth humans we encounter including the central character of Rone are very believable with traits very common in our culture right now. The addition of alien races expands the scope of the story telling adding conflicting motivations, dreams and desires and that includes the great Nimits and certainly includes the people who are slowly but surely sterilising worlds and slaughtering millions of people. It was very easy to imagine how these people would be written like when they were revealed in all their glory but I was delighted to be proved so wrong, in fact I thought it was the biggest joke in the galaxy but actually when the facts were bared it made a lot of sense and still does.
Convergent Space is full of good ideas and characters, a little sluggish to begin with but once the main characters and story are outlined it picks up pace and never stops with good characters in interesting situations not to mention a few twists and turns.
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This is a piece of space opera reminiscent of golden age sci-fi. The characters are a bit backgrounded (although not weak, just not the most important thing in the story) but the plot and most of all, the universe it happens in, are lovingly-well imagined and described. I really enjoyed reading this. Earth occupies an interestingly ambiguous position for most of the back-story, which is a nice touch and definitely had me intrigued to find out what had really happened.
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