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A Quantum Murder is the 2nd book in Greg Mandel trilogy. Although, this is a standalone story, all the relevant characters from Book 1, Mindstar Rising, are back, so the background is useful. The story occurs about 2 years after the 1st with the same general conditions in place. This time around, Greg is dragged into a murder investigation of a prominent physicist who was doing work for Event Horizon. In spite of appearing to crack the case, his intuition suggests something is amiss and he pursues justice with a Mandel doggedness.
Hamilton introduces some bizarre physics dealing with apparent time travel without the typical causality paradox. In addition, he explores the world of designer synthetic chemistry (probably around the time that ecstasy was becoming popular in England) and the biology of memory. Surprisingly (for Peter Hamilton). the sci-fi components are not only underwhelming, but nearly fade into the background as the mystery deepens. At its heart though, this is an engaging and erudite who-dun-it. The only slight detriment is the "Night of the Living Dead" scene close to the end which was just a bit over the top..
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I didn't do my research when I selected this book. I thought it was a new Peter Hamilton and jumped into it right away. It didn't take long for the dated buzz words and clumsy writing to convince me this must be an ancient book. A little research and yes, this book is more than 15 years old.
Peter F. Hamilton has certainly grown as a writer. But knowing the proper frame of reference for this work I able was to sit back and enjoy this young work. If you listen real close you'll be able to hear the beginnings of characters, situations, and technologies that would be showcased in the Commonwealth Sagas and in the Void books.
I downloaded this book on the day Audible made it available and there were a few technical issues with the recording (especially, part 2 of the download). Audible may find these and fix these but if they don't you'll be able to hear the narrator turn pages and hear the narrator mock the writing (don't remember the exact quote but the narrator disapproved of the author's describing a character's hair as "manes"). Unfortunate, as the reading by the narrator was excellent - he did a great jump picking "voices" that match the persona the writer had wanted each character to project.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent series and this one was my personal favourite out of the three. It is a little slower paced and is as much a mystery story as a sci-fi one. There is plenty of science in there including the science of designer drugs and some aspects of time travel. The time travel element is done in an intriguing way as it avoids many of the cliched paradoxes with the subject.
This book could be read as a stand-alone story but would be more satisfying as part of the series due to the additional background and character history.
The narration remains entirely suited to both the genre and the characters.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Another great story by Peter Hamilton. You don't REALLY need to have read the first of the series, but it definitely helps you relate to the characters, as they all (more or less) come back again in some part. Wasn't as good as the first I believe, the ending was a little abrupt but still brilliant. A bit of a "whodunnit" with some good sci-fi twists. A great read/listen and Toby Longworth reprises the excellent voice acting from the first book. this trilogy is a must have for Sci-Fi enthusiasts
3 of 3 people found this review helpful