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Marauder Hardcover – 12 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230748902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748903
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Gary Gibson

‘A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure’

The Times

‘To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher . . . a treat for all fans of intelligent space opera’

Guardian

‘High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation help to make this a page-turning belter from one of our best exponents of hardcore SF adventure’

Daily Mail

‘Gibson has produced a seriously entertaining Sci-Fi page turner’

SFX

‘A satisfying and absorbing read from a hugely enjoyable author’

Interzone

‘Gripping, imaginative and morally complex’

SFX

‘A cracking holiday read . . . Gary’s best to date’

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‘One of the top SF writers active today…In the right hands SF can be wonderful, inventive, and hugely enjoyable - and Gary Gibson is just that sort of author’

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Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch (SFX)

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This breathtaking stand-alone novel is far-future drama at its most thrilling - and Neal Asher has called it 'Enjoyable far-future adventure among the stars'.

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To me, Gary Gibson and Neal Asher are the business at the kind of sci-fi I love to immerse myself within.

This novel, set in the future of the Shoal trilogy universe, reminds me a little of the way Peter F Hamilton also returned to his Commonwealth universe with a new story that gathered in the strands of his previous work. It isn't by any means a filler or add-on to a completed story arc, as it's a perfectly readable book in its own right. I would recommend, however, that you come into the Shoal universe at the beginning Stealing Light (Shoal Sequence) if you are new to Gary's work and worlds then work your way up to this excellent story as it will make it all the more enjoyable.

Five stars from me for a thoroughly excellent read.
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I've really enjoyed all of Gary Gibson's books, and the Shoal Trilogy were my introduction to his writing.

Marauder is undoubtedly a good book, and it races along towards its conclusion. For those who have read his previous books, this is almost an epilogue to them. The one thing that lets it down is that several of the supposedly shocking plot developments are rather obvious from quite early on - not to spoil anything, but Megan's previous life and her means of escape from Redstone are things that had me thinking 'why doesn't she does do that rather go through all of this?'. Worth reading, and the first of September's onslaught of major SF novels.
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Although a sequel can be read standalone, though probably best after the other books in the series, rather than before.

I did find that the heroine did have one or two too many very remarkable close escapes. There's close, closer and getting quite implausible, and there's several of the latter. Think James Bond style "no i expect you to die Mr Bond" implausible escapes one after the other. WOudl be good to see her a bit more in control sometimes.

Having said that, really enjoyed it and hoping there's a sequel in the same story line.
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Marauder is the latest installment in the Shoal Sequence. Set over 200 years after the original trilogy, it revisits well-known places (Redstone), concepts (the Makers, Nova drives, etc.) and characters, after a fashion (with a twist I won't mention here to avoid spoilers). The Shoal are gone and the Accord has filled in the void it left behind. On Redstone, Uchidan has won over the Freehold. All this provides the setting for an interesting book, albeit a somewhat predictable one.

The characters' motivations are clear and the story proceeds at a good pace throughout the book. Readers of the previous books will be able to foresee some of what is about to go on, which may have depleted some of the impact expected for some passages. On the other hand, I'm not sure to what extent will someone that hasn't read the other books enjoy this one. Most of my motivation to read the book was to see what had happened since Empire of Light and to "revisit the familiar". I fear the lack of referents may hinder the enjoyment of newcomers to the Shoal Sequence.

The book leaves open the door for a new installment in the sequence that I would very much like to read. As foreshadowed, it could be a good story full of new exciting concepts. As for Marauder, it was a nice book I'd recommend to readers of the original trilogy but perhaps not to those that haven't yet read it.
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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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Gary Gibson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, let alone favourite science fiction authors. He has the considerable, not-to-be-underestimated talent of bringing lightness and accessibility to hard science fiction. While I will always enjoy a good SF bookbrick, there is something to be said for a SF novel that you can hold in one hand without it having lost any of the wonder and vision and clever depth of novels often twice the size. Marauder is a novel that I have been waiting months for, the pressure of the wait intensified greatly by reading The Thousand Emperors (Final Days 2) this summer. The joy of finally having Marauder in my hands to read was heightened by the gorgeous glow of the cover. It's a goodlooking book and the insides are just as appetising.

Marauder is set within the universe of the Shoal Trilogy and yet it is also a standalone novel. Earlier this year I read the first of the trilogy, Stealing Light, because I wanted to be well-acquainted with the universe, its beings, planets and terms, before reading Marauder. There is mention of the people and events of Stealing Light in Marauder, as well as reference to the other two novels in the trilogy, but you could quite happily read Marauder without any knowledge at all of the earlier books. Mind you, I'll be back to finish the trilogy.

One of the strengths of Gary Gibson's writing is his characters - a mix of strength and vulnerability, and they're satisfyingly complex. The principal characters are often on their own journey to self-knowledge and so it's not surprising that they surprise us just as much as they astonish themselves.
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