- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (15 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575094702
- ISBN-13: 978-0575094703
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
War in Heaven Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011
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Gavin Smith's writing is a brutal kaleidoscope of imagination, with the raw energy of a heavy metal album cover: equally dazzling with bloodthirsty ancient Picts and the fallen post-humans of tomorrow. (Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Causal Angel)
Age Of Scorpio announces loud and clear that in Gavin Smith an exceptional talent has arrived to uplift SF. The book is a master class of twisting plot lines that celebrate both the weird and astounding, amid a future that's deeply unnerving yet equally compelling. (Peter F Hamilton) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
VETERAN was a slam-bang dive into a violent SF future. Now things get serious.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Finally add to this a better product than the original for me (as most of the work for the set-up has already been done) and it was a title that I enjoyed reading. Great stuff.
Two stars, because I think I enjoyed the first book.
If you found the first book dark, which I did, then the second book is even darker. It is leavened by moments of humour, but even they are not for the faint hearted. The book is powerful, visceral and never lets up for an instant. It is like being on a massive, dystopian roller coaster, mostly where things go from bad to worst for the protagonist and his team.
It is brutal, bloody and heavy on the violence. There is no let up of pace and you really are committed for the whole thing. My husband read it in a weekend and loved it. I read it afterwards and thanks to the interference of children took longer which made things more disjointed for me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had been able to read it as a whole like he did, as it is something you really need to immerse yourself in, the world that Smith creates is so total and very demanding.
"Veteran" was good but "War in Heaven" is so much better. We get to know the main characters a lot better and being already filled up with "Veteran" there is no time lost in getting into the flow of the story. Gavin Smith has managed to write a fantastic action packed space opera of a truly magnificent format and you just can't relax and leave the book. The Bad guys are truly bad, the heroes are somewhat better but above all people that feel real. The Technology is fantastic without making you feel unable to understand how it worked. The Story line flows perfectly and there are enough surprises to make you jump again and again. I truly loved how he made the future Russian Spetsnaz forces appear.
Of course you wonder why they all refused to use nuclear weapons (they were "bad"?) even if the destiny of the Earth were at play. But ok, lets accept that as a fact. You also wonder why the hero and his girl-friend are driven by a moral code from 50 years ago instead of a future one but I found it charming.
Given the end these two books are probably not going to be followed by another one with the same main characters but I am not worried that Mr Gavin will run out of ideas to build his next book around.
If you like science-fiction and space opera do not miss these two books. I will not miss his future works. Amazon UK already lists "The Age of Scorpio" as coming out in November.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got half way through the sample before giving up. An over complicated mess of a back story in the first few pages, appears to have been written by a teenager on speed.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books are well written from an author with intelligence and imagination. They dark and violent futures, hopefully that won't come to pass.Published 12 months ago by COBBY
Liked both books, good action fun characters and fast paced action.
I think the author has a great imagination and should churn out some great reads. Read more
So having leapt back into Sci Fi with Veteran, in what turned out to be very much the deep end, I found that despite the violence and the darkness I found myself clinging on with... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2014 by Flailing
Great follow up to veteran, Smith does a superb job of moving the story along and brings it to an excellent ending.Published on 25 Aug. 2014 by P. Gallacher
Mr Smith really finds his feet with this novel. Any of the rough edges that may have been found in the first book have been filed smooth for this one, with a flowing narrative... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by Baron
Really enjoyed this, even if the hard-edged violence isn't something I normally go for. By itself this would have been cause for me to drop this like a stone, but the sharp,... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by paul crowe