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This book and it's sequels (Neutronion Alchemist, and The Naked God) are simply fantastic. In my opinion, this series is Hamilton's best work. Huge galactic scope, Elizabethan themes, 1940's gangsters, Interstellar travel, a very disturbing take on the Apocalypse, Sentient Cities, bio-engineering ethics (and advantages), telepathy, dystopias and utopias, interesting aliens, the Afterlife, cyborgs, cults, underworld syndicates, horror, etc, etc....
The page to page writing is arguably inferior to Hamilton's later stuff, but the ideas here are so dang grand! This is a Big Story with lots of point of view characters.
Like most of Hamilton's books, the start is a bit slow - with many characters and societies introduced, but once it gets going the momentum is impressive. Stick with it - it's worth it.
****As of writing this review you still need to download in parts, whole book download will not work (hopefully this is fixed soon). ***
Quick tip, I love John Lee as a reader, but I enjoy his reading and performance at 1.25 playback speed even more.
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Great story and reading performance, but there were no breaks between sub chapters. With so many characters and locations the scene changes were confusing without a audio break to signal them.
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