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Limit by [Schätzing, Frank]
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'Enthralling and visionary' Thomas Reiter, Astronaut. 'Full of excitement and danger. [A] complex and well-woven thriller [that] combines a thoughtful vision of the future with relics of the present and creates an atmosphere both alien and familiar' Library Journal.

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An elevator that links the Earth to the Moon; A rare element that promises to solve all the world's energy problems; a secret society that has its own plans for both. This is the limit - how far would you go?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3743 KB
  • Print Length: 1249 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EDOBZQM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The volume I read was large and heavy and so was the scope ot the story. The sub-title of Limit is "How far will you go ?"
The author went quite a distance at rather a slow pace; the characters buzzed around on a variety of vehicles that were "Tomorrow's World" out of "Flash Gordon" with some of the empty optimism of the former but none of the pzaz of the latter and many concepts first and better seen in classic Sci-Fi. Several seemingly disparate story lines were slowly developed - some on Earth, some on the Moon and some at points inbetween and beyond. It was past one thousand pages before something like a denoument surfaced and it became apparent that was what all those pages of print had been leading towards. It could all have been so splendid, limitless in scope but the net result is a grand idea spoilt by mundane writing.
Of course being translated by several people did not help; one wonders whether the many translaters each took a character (and the oft obtuse musings and strange behaviour of same) or whether the opus was simply divided up amongs the work force - which is rather how it reads. What a pity. DJG
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so much potential and some good characters and fantastic ideas sadly spoiled by being three times the size of a normal book. unevenly paced and too much filler meant I only half read the more boring parts to get back to the more exciting space based storyline. Would have been a classic in the hands of a better thriller writer like Michael Crichton but in the end just average.
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This is one of the best science fiction novels I have read. It is also one of the longest, however it is worth perservering with it (this is only part 1) as the whole story is so well written.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi based left wing tree hugger tirade meets Kill Bill 11 Jun. 2014
By CloudSmasher - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has writing skill, I kept reading his story until the books end. Usually I tear thru a book, this one I had to read in chunks and then put down for awhile. Especially when I got to the political rants where Bush ruined the planet, while The One setup up it's recovery. Really? There's neither escape from the real world in this book, nor the ability to escape from the authors opinion. That almost made me stop reading completely right there. And now after getting to the end I wish I had. The author took almost sadistic pleasure in developing characters only to ruthlessly kill them off. All this to set up who gets to live at the end. I kept hoping the end would have some redeeming value to make the long tortuous journey worth it. But no. Rich people are inherently evil, and big oil companies are raping and running the planet. If you have any conservative values, let this book pass you by.
5.0 out of 5 stars Invest in this massive tome! 12 Aug. 2014
By gtvManager - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is enormous. I saw it at the store as a hardcover and couldn't buy it due to the fact that I would have to leave it on a desk to read it. Imagine my surprise when I found the Kindle edition at a steep discount. I clicked buy in an instant.

This book is not fast-paced. This is more like an older Stephen King tome mixed with Michael Crichton. The story is very well-researched, and the characters are large in volume. It took a little bit to get going, but I'm so glad that I started this. If you're an average reader like me, it will take a while to get through this suspenseful book, but it is worth it in my opinion as the story is so layered.

A space elevator has been built to get to the moon, and a resort is being opened there. Lots of prominent people are showing up to this state of the art place, but of course, disaster strikes. If you like suspenseful sci-fi, definitely give this one a shot.
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Swarm" was hard to top 22 April 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Schatzing writes yet another well researched and founded novel. The reader gets the feeling that he binge watches a well written 2 season series with fast changing scenes. The plot on the earth, especially in Shanghai is faster paced and more suspenseful than the one developing on the moon. At some point during my read through the moon plot I found myself not caring who dies or who survives, which is a problem. However, I would highly recommend this book for those readers who are interested in politics meets science fiction meets corporate greed, and so on.The author's "The Swarm" was hard to top, but this book comes close.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended 7 Aug. 2015
By Harry - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was one of the longer ones I've read, with very little of the extra length of any real use to the overall story line. Some of the sub-stories would have made ok reading on their own but each line would be abandoned at points to pick up another and you'd lose the thread, over and over again. On a positive note, Schatzing's writing is technically well done otherwise it might have gotten only one star. Will probably not check out this writer again.
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 13 Aug. 2015
By Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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Complicated plot, interesting characters and an overwhelming flood of detail. A space elevator, a hotel on the moon, sinister forces at play. Very near future, 2025! A bit optimistic but by say 2045 ... could happen. Very detailed plausible scenarios. Politics, technology, spy agencies, nuclear fusion, web technologies. And a bunch of driven, distressed individuals pushed to their limits. Recommended.
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