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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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Great North Road is a sweeping science fiction novel set in the near distant future-- a world remarkably like and unlike our own. It masterfully dances between being a police procedural, a lost patrol, a mystery, a romance, and a hard sci-fi tale. As the novel opens a murder of one of the North family (almost all a series of clones due to their father Kane North’s military injury) launches a police investigation in Newcastle. Similarities tie back to the murder of Bartram North on the planet Saint Libra twenty years prior and soon the government, military, and multiple planets are pulled into investigations both of the murder and of St Libra’s uncharted northern continent. Questions remain about the lush world where the first massacre occurred, and while some of the evidence points to corporate espionage for the current murder, the idea of intelligent life on St. Libra and an alien attack soon gains momentum among various government agencies. Angela Tramelo, convicted of the first murder, joins the exploration group to try to locate the creature she saw kill the household around her. Augustine North in Newcastle is desperately searching for answers as the 2North who died in his city cannot be identified. No Norths are missing. On his Jupiter facility Constantine North begins to launch his own investigation into the mysteries, something he has been preparing for since his brother Bartram’s murder, for he has long been certain of Angela’s innocence and of the likelihood of intelligent life on St. Libra.
The main storylines (Sid Hurst’s police arc, Vance Elson’s exploration group with Angela, Saul’s village community in Abellia, and the various A, B, and C Norths) are fascinating and slowly fit together into an incredible picture. The universe is beautifully and thoughtfully constructed, and Hamilton thrusts readers into it trusting them to be smart enough to follow along, slowly learning bits and pieces about the people connected to the investigations now and the massacre twenty years ago as they search for answers and as politicians search for truths that fit their respective paradigms. The Norths are fascinating, both Augustine’s corporate family, Brinkelle’s (Bartram’s daughter’s) medical experts, and Constantine’s technological geniuses who have chosen a life without money focused on knowledge and exploration.
Brilliant, exciting, fast paced (even as groups slog through the grueling investigation), and beautifully constructed, Great North Road is a fascinating read. The plot lines are carefully interwoven and the mysteries remain as elusive for the readers as they are for (some of?) the characters. Everything is well thought out, however, and as the story closes things begin to come together for the reader as they do for the characters. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
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 |
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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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