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The Naked God is the final installment of Peter F Hamilton's lengthy Night's Dawn trilogy. With possession by the formerly dead from the beyond seemingly unstoppable as well as Quinn Dexter's invasion of Earth to effect an even greater horror on humanity, things are pretty grim. In addition, Valisk is under attack in another universe, while the Mortonridge liberation and Norfolk are going badly. Joshua Calvert is sent on a mission to find the sleeping god and uncovers another alien species along the way that fills in gaps about the origin of the Taraftca and the Kindt reveal they are not what they seem.
The sci-fi elements continue and extend the strange mix of physical and metaphysical. The aliens become more alien, but not in a weird or bizarre way, but just different in both form and behavior. Hamilton also explores the concept of alternative universes with differing "universal" laws. The nature of the beyond is also more fully explored with the notion of a soul taking substance as well as a terrifyingly basis for their return (along with an explanation for the mostly lack of decent souls). The idea for the sleeping god is simply awe-inspiring. Along the way, Hamilton intersperses the grand with the mundane and the banal. With so many intersecting plot lines, the visual of a stage performer spinning multiple plates comes to mind. Each thread is both captivating and cerebrally engaging.
John Lee's performance is simply magnificent with the only ding for production quality for the lack of pauses between scene shifts, which are numerous. The multiple characters of both sexes and ages, including children, along with several alien species surely has set a record. Despite its length, a sense of emptiness awaits its conclusion as Hamilton's universe seems more real than reality. It's pity that tale cannot be savored with glass with Norfolk Tears.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
the first three quarters of the book are good. towards the end of the book however it starts to feel a little rushed and Deus Ex machina. however if you made it this far already it's certainly worth finishing. the narrator is as always fantastic
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