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Great North Road

By Peter F. Hamilton

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Format: Paperback, 926 pages
Published In: United States, 31 December 2013
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 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 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. Praise for Great North Road A mesmerizing page-turner. Publishers Weekly (starred review) A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling. Library Journal (starred review) A perfect introduction to [Hamilton s] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling. Booklist (starred review) Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action. SFRevu One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel. SF Site Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement. Tor.com From the Hardcover edition."

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton is the author of numerous novels, including The Evolutionary Void, The Temporal Void, The Dreaming Void, Judas Unchained, Pandora's Star, Fallen Dragon, and the acclaimed epic Night's Dawn trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God). He lives with his family in England.

Reviews

"A mesmerizing page-turner."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling."--Library Journal (starred review) "A perfect introduction to [Peter F. Hamilton's] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling."--Booklist (starred review) "Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action."--SFRevu "One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel."--SF Site "Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement."--Tor.com From the Hardcover edition. A mesmerizing page-turner. Publishers Weekly (starred review) A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling. Library Journal (starred review) A perfect introduction to [Peter F. Hamilton s] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling. Booklist (starred review) Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action. SFRevu One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel. SF Site Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement. Tor.com From the Hardcover edition." "A mesmerizing page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling."--"Library Journal" (starred review) "A perfect introduction to [Peter F. Hamilton's] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling."--"Booklist" (starred review) "Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action."--SFRevu "One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel."--SF Site "Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement."--Tor.com "From the Hardcover edition." Praise for Peter F. Hamilton's "The Evolutionary Void" "Satisfying and powerful . . . Space Opera doesn't get much more epic."--SFFWorld "Spiced with plenty of action and intrigue."--"San Jose Mercury News" "The Temporal Void" "Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling."--"Publishers Weekly"" " "A great, sprawling, ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction."--SFCrowsnest "The Dreaming Void" "A real spellbinder from a master storyteller . . . dozens of scenarios, a surprisingly well-delineated cast of thousands, plotting enough to delight the most Machiavellian of readers."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) "Peter F. Hamilton [is the] owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction, author of immense, complex far-future sagas."--Ken Follett, author of "World Without End"

EAN: 9780345526670
ISBN: 0345526678
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Dimensions: 17.65 x 10.79 x 3.3 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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