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Publisher's Summary

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.
©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2009 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"The best of the new breed of space opera. Wild action on a grand scale spans well-imagined and developed worlds." ( The Denver Post)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 05-22-10

Stick with this series!

I've gotten the three books in this series as well as Chasm City, a stand alone novel in the same universe. When reading these reviews, I notice many negative comments, and I actually, at one point, probably written the same.
However, after quitting the first book, and focusing on books by other "british space opera" writers such as Peter Hamilton and Richard K. Morgan, I went back to give it another try.
I think what makes these books great is probably the same thing that turns some listeners off. The mythology of the universe is so deep, that until you are familiar with it, it is overwhelming with the references to the different factions, planets, aliens, etc.
But once that familiarity is gained, the stories are so rich, that I am disappointed that I have finished.
And as far as the narrator goes, it seems as though people either love or hate John Lee. But he is incredibly talented with a unique style and once you get use to him, his narration is addicting.

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44 of 44 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By george on 05-13-13

84 out of 100.

I really liked Revelation Space, Chasm City, and even The Prefect. This is a small step backwards. I still think his best work is Pushing Ice, or House of Suns.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 06-26-09

Well written and brilliantly read

Just to put things right this book is the SECOND in the series. There are other books in the same universe parrallel to this one. However this one continues the story on most directly from "Revelation space" Time has moved on though and new charecters take the lead. Its as fantastic as the first and exceptionaly well read. Can't wait for the next installment. Wikapedia has a good entry on Reynolds and all his books and short stories.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 11-30-10

Good quality Hard SF

This is the sequel to 'Revelation Space', which was a truly terrific book. I enjoyed this one too but, frankly, it's not in the same league as 'Revelation Space' - narrative momentum does flag at times and the plot is not so skillfully knitted together, so you feel the length as it were. But still worth a listen.

The third book in the series 'Absolution Gap' is a mess by comparison - easily skipped.

John Lee does a fine job on the narration.

Recommended.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Thesle on 05-29-15

Reynolds continues a trend

This third instalment to the Revelation Space series begins to tie together some of the questions of the first to books as well as the story arks of these books. Alistair starts providing some answers, although these may not be as complex as some readers hope for. You can see in this story an inspiration from E E "Doc" Smith.

Unfortunately Lee goes back to his accented narration, with every sentence trailing off. This makes the books hard to listen to for longer periods. Lee's accents also make the mic preamp peak and introduces distortion into the narration, making the sound worse. If not for the difficulty in listening to Lee again, this book would have a five. I hope you are listening, Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-25-17

A solid sequel

It's a damn good book, like preceding stories in the Revelation Space series. However, it's not as good as the previous two. It's fantastic in that it links previous storylines together and ties up some loose ends, but there's really something missing that the others had.

Overall, worth listening to if you're a fan of the series. And John Lee scores yet another 10/10 for me, best narrator.

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