A Quantum Murder Hardcover – 1 Nov 1997
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"Peter Hamilton manages a very neat trick, combining deft scientific and social speculation with page-turning appeal of the best thrillers." --Tad Williams""Mindstar Rising" is more than a taut, suspenseful story--it's intellectually exciting as well, its future world full of surprises but all too plausible, its people made strange to us by this environment yet still disturbingly familiar." --Poul Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second in the classic 'Greg Mendel' series from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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One has to applaud Hamilton for not only creating a page-turning sequel to Mindstar Rising, but also for placing it in such a realistic setting with a detailed back story.
Hamilton's Britain is about thirty years ahead of when he wrote this. The ice-caps have melted, the sea level has risen, Britain has shrunk to a shadow of its former self and is recovering from several years of dictatorial rule by the People's Socialist Party and their thuggish black-shirted People's Constables.
In fact, the novel begins with Greg having to rescue a neighbour in his village from a lynch mob who believe him to be ex-PSP, which sets the tone very well for the background of the story.
Hamilton still seems to be finding his feet plotwise, since it's not that difficult to guess how Kitchener was murdered, although the why of it thankfully remains a mystery to the end. As a kind of light relief counter-tale to the main plot Julia Evans plots to bring down a media commentator who seems to revel in criticising Julia's choice of outfits for public appearances.
What is exceptional about this book, and in a sense heralds Hamilton's later work and his multi-character epics, is the characterisation.Read more ›
It was a good read though.....
It turns out, however, that Kitchener was working on a top secret project for the much acclaimed Event Horizons conglomerate. So top secret, in fact, that even Julia Evans wasn’t on the know. And it turns out that the project in question related to wormhole discovery, FTL Travel and the commercialisation of space. We ain’t playing with Monopoly money any more, kids. So with Event Horizons linked to the murder, the obvious presumptions of murder aren’t quite as valid as they appeared a few moments ago, so one has to think in terms of industrial espionage and all of the drama that brings to the stage.
The book is a joy to read. Those with a love for all things science fiction in their souls will find their heart rates jumping as they finish chapter three, when the true nature of the book is revealed. Lovers of the classic crime novel, however, will also get their money’s worth, as the book on one level is a classic whodunit.
But the book is so much more than the sum of its parts. Characters grow and develop. Friendships are made. Enemies are sworn. The true brilliance of the author’s imagination is on display with just about every page, every flash of insight he blesses the reader with, and every major and minor plot twist he uses to keep us enthralled until the very last page.Read more ›
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Another great story from Hamilton.
If you've read and liked his other booksl you should like this. Read more
A great who dunnit by a great author, Greg is a brilliant character with a lot of appeal just wish there was more royan....Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Although these are a lighter read than the Hamilton books I have read in the past, Peter Hamilton never disappoints me in the area of mystery & action!Published 13 months ago by Christine
Another Mandel book in near future. England in a post global warming world recovering from a disastrous flirtation with a Marxist government.Published 17 months ago by Rich