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The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds; (P)2009 Tantor
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By C. L. Turner on 11-14-12

"Star Trek" Ending

I would write a review of the whole series...but why. Why? After spending so much time listening only to be left with something short of nothing as an ending.

Metaphor?'s a metaphor.
Lazy? That's what I don't quite understand! These novels were work for the writer, obviously. They were entertaining. Yes, there was some amount of over-explanation, but overall, enjoyable. Then, in the end? !Whomp! It's done and over without much of the careful description, back story, care and craft that's preceded the end credits.

Enough to make me pound my head against a desk until I work a better end through sheer delirium!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By David on 12-04-09

Absolution Gap - Review

I really expected to like this book, but as it turns out, this book crawls at a slow pace, to many plots and characters. With this many characters, John Lee has problem with the voice of each, John Lee is the one the saves this novel.

I'm a hardcore SiFi fan and I just could not listen to it more than a hour at a time, I would just drift off, especially during the very vebose discription of equipment or gadgets. I guess some readers like those details, but I like a good plot that moves me and keeps me sitting in the car in the drive way awaiting the next turn of the plot.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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By Yevgeny on 11-28-12

Too much left to the imagination

All three books do a great job at starting plot lines and describing minute details of the world, but in the end they all fizzle out. The reader is left to extrapolate the story from the established trajectory for themselves far too many times.

John Lee's narration is, however, somewhat improved over the previous 2 books.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By Neil on 07-27-10

Great start awful endings

I have listened to this entire series, and whilst the worlds and characters are well visualised, The author spends a vast amount of time describing walking and sludge yet skips over intense and pivotal battles and key plot climaxes. So despite a promising start it lacks an ending or closure. You are much better off with Peter Hamilton if your tastes run to space operas

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Fantastic Continuation

After listening to book 3, I didn't have the highest of hopes for book 4. After reading it however, I found my doubts dashed and my hopes for book 5 higher than ever. It's on par with book 2, my favourite so far.

Oh, and congratulations to John Lee for remaining my favourite narrator.

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By Matthew on 05-07-16


a good finish to the trilogy, although it seemed to end fast like it was rushed. worst part is it left me craving more of the story.
still a great trilogy.

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