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Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

Great North Road (edition 2013)

by Peter F. Hamilton

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Title:Great North Road
Authors:Peter F. Hamilton
Info:Del Rey (2013), Hardcover, 976 pages
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Huge book about a murder mystery with clones, mixed in with interstellar colonization in the near-mid term future. Very interesting ideas and well written with lots of flashback to explain the past. ( )
  Guide2 | Jan 21, 2015 |
This is a very large door-stopper size book -- something you won't get through in an evening or two. It really had several different story lines that could almost have been split off into separate books. That being said, all of the story lines held my interest and remarkably kept me from putting down such a large tome unfinished. Really should have been called 'Angela vs. the Norths' or something along that line as the book really was about her; even though it starts off being a police investigation headed by Sid Hurst. Very good tech throughout, although it was portrayed as being somewhat unstable and easy to hack which doesn't feel right for the year 2143. Sure, we can pick on some plot flaws, but all and all a solid book. ( )
  skraft001 | Aug 25, 2014 |
This one was going to get a higher rating until the very end. It was an extremely well done blend of high tech/science fiction and crime procedural. Unfortunately, the very end went way too deus ex machina, with a minor character swooping in with private, unfathomable technology that the entire rest of the human race wasn't capable of producing. I would have loved it except for that. Hamilton did a great job of keeping things close to the vest and maintaining suspense until the end. ( )
  TadAD | Aug 21, 2014 |
I had high hopes for this book when I saw it was a mystery since I really enjoyed his Greg Mandel books. If you don’t mind tons of flashbacks and how many of the characters end up knowing one another it is a very long but entertaining read. I did get the feeling that several minor plotlines could have been cut out and not hurt the storyline one bit. All in all an enjoyable read even if it was a bit long.

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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
Awesome storyline, really nice ending, solid stuff again, I can't wait for Mr Hamilton's next book ! ( )
  Lorune | Jul 6, 2014 |
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This one's for Lizzie, Tim, Judith, and Alan. For all the quiet support down the years.
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As midnight approached, the wild neon colours of the borealis storm came shimmering through the soft snow falling gently across Newcastle upon Tyne.
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New York Times bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton’s riveting new thriller combines the nail-biting suspense of a serial-killer investigation with clear-eyed scientific and social extrapolation to create a future that seems not merely plausible but inevitable.

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family—composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone “brothers” have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that’s what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who’d like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he’ll make enough enemies to ruin his career.

Yet Sid’s case is about to take an unexpected turn: because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime.

Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world’s political and economic elite . . . all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.
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Futuristic speculation combines with murder when a scientific expedition on a faraway planet searches for an alien species only to be stalked by a determined killer who may be a hostile alien or a member of their own team.

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