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The Gap into Madness: Chaos and Order by…

The Gap into Madness: Chaos and Order

by Stephen R. Donaldson

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Series: Gap Series (4)

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Probably the weakest book of the series, the motivations are slightly spurious and the science decidedly so. However the drama is perhaps all the more intense to counteract that. It's proper spaceship battle time.

Morn and crew have fled to an illegal lab deep within an asteroid belt in order to release the formula for the anti-mutagen that's been denied to the rest of humanity. From the wreckage of Thanotos Minor they're trailed a few ships after them: the police are there, with Min Donner in person, and also covertly in an unknown secret operative, in addition the Amnion have sent two ships: their largest warship and a human vassal, coincidentally a long time enemy for different reasons of both Nick, and, Morn and Davis. Their desires remain unfulfilled (as urgent a drive as they possess) because Angus' enhanced abilities (and diminished volition) have denied them yet again. They are prepared to gamble valuable material in order to seek restitution. Meanwhile the humans are profligate with material, but equally frugal with lives (and an individual's volition) that they can control, and so another theme is revealed.

By the dramatic conclusion you as a reader realise this was a far more complex and convoluted story, planned way in advance than you'd been expecting, strands coalesce, motivations become revealed and the intensity of personal actions triumph over some unlikely adversities. Nothing remains but to dive into the last volume and find out how it all plays out. Ensure you've got several free days to enjoy and marvel in the final volume. ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Apr 3, 2018 |
Murder, mystery, metaphysics, psychology. A sci-fi re-take on Wagner's Ring Cycle. This series is long, dark, absorbing read. Better read together and in order than as individual books, as the many-threaded plot winds through the whole series.
  Scribble.Orca | Mar 31, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Here we go. With the fourth book in the Gap series Donaldson seems to have finally gotten whatever it was that was bothering him off his chest. This book is classic space opera through and through. He complicates some of the characters that seemed overly simple in previous books, and begins to give a more satisfying background to the aliens. I'm glad he was able to salvage this series. ( )
  danconsiglio | Apr 1, 2010 |
See This Day All Gods Die. ( )
  TadAD | Jan 4, 2009 |
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Battered, weary to the bone, and profoundly baffled, Min Donner joined Punisher shortly after Warden Dios returned to UMCPHQ from Holt Fasner's Home Office.
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Punisher is on the run from Billingate Space Station, as well as other predators that follow: UMCP Enforcement Division director Min Donner aboard a crippled Punisher, Nick's archenemy (and slave to the aliens) Sorus Chatelaine aboard Soar, and the mysterious hired gun, Free Lunch. Corrupt cyborg Angus Thermopyle and ruthless Nick Succorso battle for control of the ship and the situation. Their trail leads to Valdor Industrial, where geneticist/engineer Vector Shaheed seeks to redeem himself by manufacturing an antidote to the mutagen used by the alien Amnioni to mutate human beings against their will. Brutalized yet resilient Morn Hyland, her clone/son Davies, tough officer Mikki, Pup, Sib, and the rest continue their suffering and sacrificing.

Meanwhile, back in Earth space, police and politicians battle for power as UMCP director Dios continues his grim revolution against the Dragon. Assassin kazes, political fears, and provocative bills threaten to paralyze the Governing Council for Earth and Space.

Ships battling in space? Laboratory space stations developing antimutagen antidotes against the aliens who seek to conquer humankind by mutation? Outrage, brutality, betrayal, and secrets? Donaldson lays it all out with sharp dialogue, tense scenes, and zippy action.

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As the planetoid Thanatos Minor explodes into oblivion, a handful of fugitives--Morn Hyland, her son Davies, Nick Succorso, and cyborg Angus Thermopyle--escape in a specially fitted cruiser, one step ahead of hostile pursuit

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