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Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
Judas Unchained
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Peter F. Hamilton's flair for huge, star-spanning SF adventures continues with Judas Unchained. This concludes the single long novel--over 1,800 pages in all--whose first half is Pandora’s Star. Humanity's interstellar Commonwealth is in serious trouble. Thirteen of its hundreds of worlds... show more
Peter F. Hamilton's flair for huge, star-spanning SF adventures continues with Judas Unchained. This concludes the single long novel--over 1,800 pages in all--whose first half is Pandora’s Star. Humanity's interstellar Commonwealth is in serious trouble. Thirteen of its hundreds of worlds (linked by wormholes and high-speed trains) were lost to a first mass attack by the insanely hostile alien Primes. The controlling Prime intelligence, MorningLightMountain, can imagine no way of dealing with first contact but genocide--and has the resources to do it. Amid political and personal chaos, it's becoming clear that the war was arranged by a third party. For centuries, only the fanatical, outlawed Guardians cult believed in this mysterious influence called the Starflyer. New evidence emerges, only to vanish again. Key figures are destroyed by near-invincible assassins crammed with inbuilt "wetwired" weaponry. One determined detective is on the track, but she faces massive political opposition. The multi-stranded action follows many criss-crossing human stories, with fights, pursuits, quests, deaths, resurrections, exotic landscapes and armaments, good sex, and several interesting aliens. Betrayals are frequent, thanks to brainwashed Starflyer agents in positions of trust. Only the Guardians have a scheme to deal with the Starflyer itself--a grandiose strategy known as "the planet's revenge"--but no one trusts those crazy cultists… In space, the arms race becomes dizzying, with Prime doomsday weapons used against suns while frantic human research leads to "quantumbusters" so appalling that there's serious moral debate about their use. Can we face the guilt of total genocide, even against a horror like MorningLightMountain? Or is there some way to force this psychopathic genie back into the bottle? The action climaxes in a long, exhilarating chase sequence spiced with ultra-violent skirmishing as the Starflyer comes into the open at last. Stormgliding, an extreme sport introduced in book one, becomes vital to the race against time. Meanwhile, rival starships with different plans chase one another to the Prime system. Hamilton delivers the expected multiple payoffs with suitable pyrotechnics and a satisfying scatter of happy endings. A long, colourful, suspenseful example of modern British space opera. --David Langford
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781405000369 (1405000368)
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages no: 949
Edition language: English
Series: Commonwealth Saga (#2)
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Tannat
Tannat rated it
1.0 Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton (audiobook)
Series: Commonwealth Saga #2 It's finally over. The ending wasn't even all that interesting; stuff just happened and then things finally ended. Even the stuff with the Prime aliens and the Starflyer wasn't all that interesting in this one, so everything that bugged me about the world Hamilton crea...
IntheZone
IntheZone rated it
5.0 Judas Unchained
Wow!! This book (and I include the continuation novel Judas Unchained) is the kitchen sink of sci-fi ideas and implementation all incorporated in a highly entertaining story.This was the first novel I read from Peter F. Hamilton and he gives you plenty of aliens, a new twist on travel between worlds...
IntheZone
IntheZone rated it
5.0 Judas Unchained
Wow!! This book (and I include the continuation novel Judas Unchained) is the kitchen sink of sci-fi ideas and implementation all incorporated in a highly entertaining story.This was the first novel I read from Peter F. Hamilton and he gives you plenty of aliens, a new twist on travel between worlds...
Only the good stuff
Only the good stuff rated it
5.0 Judas Unchained
Magnificent. This story is amazing, and I imagine it would have been even better had I read every word instead of skimming just to get through the massive bulk of pages. I recommend it. But be patient.
Strong tea and good books
Strong tea and good books rated it
5.0 Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga)
Epic. Absolutely epic. The conclusion to the Commonwealth Saga just leaves me wanting more even though the story, which neatly tied up at the end and came into a cohesive whole, came to a satisfying conclusion.There are so many characters in the two novels, which explains the character list at the b...
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