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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
Collections:Stirling Library Borrowed
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Sci-Fi, Alien Contact, Newcastle, Future Crime, Future Police

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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 |
Amazingly detailed work by Peter. Among the best in hard science fiction writers, Peter Hamilton manages to build a remarkable story around energy, ecology, and space exploration. ( )
  seanvk | Jun 30, 2014 |
Excellent book, long and detailed but that just makes it more enjoyable. An uncrushed story.

I liked all the arcs, and alternative views and story lines linking into the whole. I hope there will be a further book linking into the new world and characters / technology.

Well worth it, and glad I have a kindle. The book must weigh a tonne!
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  robjallen | Jun 27, 2014 |
Hamilton spends nearly 1000 pages telling a fantastic story that could be told in 400. Hamilton's world involves clones, chromosonal fountains of youth, colonization, discovery of aliens, and many other classic tropes. The mystery part of the story is fantastic and the reveal is very well done. The role of the multiple main characters in the story is built little-by-little in a fashion where the reader is left wanting and wondering at the end of each chapter. The problem is that an editor should have helped him pare it down by half. It tended to drag during the middle 50% of the book. All-in-all I am anxious to read more written by this author. ( )
  DrBrewhaha | Jun 9, 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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