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A photographer returns to a near-future Britain after the death of his wife in a terrorist incident in Afghanistan. And finds that the IRGB has, itself, been suffering terrorist attacks. But no-one knows quite what is happening or how. Just that there are similarities between what killed the photographer's wife and what happened in West London. Soon he is drawn into a hall of mirrors at the heart of government. In the First World War a magician is asked to travel to the frontline to help a naval aerial reconnaissance unit hide its planes from the German guns. On the way to France he meets a certain H.G. Wells. In the Second World War on the airfields of Bomber Commands there is also an obsession with camouflage, with misdirection. With deceit. And in a garden, an old man raises a conch shell to his ear and initiates the first Adjacency.
Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel The Prestige is unique in winning both a major literary prize (The James Tait Black Award and a major genre prize The World Fantasy Award); The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.
©2013 Christopher Priest (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By davidwat on 04-17-15

Was this a a writing class seminar

on how to stretch a limited plot line? Write a story presenting multiple viewpoints of the same events, then skew the event slightly and rewrite. I must admit that he writes very evocatively, but of nothing. There is no "there" there once you get to the end. He writes well enough that I finished, but I don't feel any better for having done so.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 02-15-15

very good story.

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I love stories set in two time periods but this outshines them being set in the first and second world wars as well as the war which is set in the future.
I found it easy to follow as there are eight parts to the story, the main character tebor being the focus on every other part. it all comes together at the end as all good stories should.
john banks did a good job performing the book.


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2 out of 5 stars
By Si on 10-06-17

Bogs down

It starts out with promise and intrigue but half way through bogs down into interminable trivia and a torturous obsessing over Spitfires. I found this unbearable and pointless. It may be that the multiple questions raised in the first half are answered at the end but I can't see any conclusion that would justify the investment, so I am forced to leave this offering three quarters finished. In this way, after four novels, I also take my leave of Christopher Priest as an author, who in every book seems unable to capitalise on a compelling start, the tension dissipating as the narrative runs out of steam and loses its way.

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