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Author: Peter F. Hamilton Narrator: Toby Longworth Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781452680903
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/5/2014

    " Loved it and was also thrilled I did not have to wait another year for a satisfying conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/3/2014

    " If you can cope with 948 pages of intense plot, this is a superb story. It is set in a far future Earth where moving off-planet is normal. This was a rare book for me, because I discovered that skimming over descriptions meant I missed information needed to move the plot, explain a character, or understand the world setting. I had to slooow down and read every word! I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to those who like strong people, involved plot lines, and a well developed world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart | 2/3/2014

    " Heb ervan genoten. Was niet zo groots en fantasierijk als de Night's Dawn trilogie, maar wel goed op zich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 1/19/2014

    " A big big book, that during reading I was worried it was close to the end I realised i was only 60% through (I was reading on a kindle). I love the quirkiness of setting part of a science fiction novel in Newcastle. Loved the character Sid and just thought this was exactly what I want from the genre, futuristic but with a real thriller plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/15/2014

    " A solid Hamilton with great characters, aliens and a suspenseful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oystein | 1/6/2014

    " Decent, but about twice as long as it should've been. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 12/4/2013

    " Got upto the 28% point on my kindle and gave up,2 storylines which should have progressed by page 50.My mind wondered continually while reading with characters i couldnt care less about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 12/3/2013

    " For those of you who want to get into Peter F. Hamilton writing this is a good entry point. It has a detailed world and is a stand alone book. So I'd recommend this is a great starting point if you are not up to a large trilogy like his Void trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andre | 10/16/2013

    " Excellent book. Lots of intrigue, great technology. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/11/2013

    " This reads like a good police procedural with alien accoutrements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 6/25/2013

    " Once again, Hamilton provides a sprawling scifi tale. Perhaps not as broad in vision as Pandora's Star, but certainly an interesting take on how society may develop in the next hundred years (hint: not much) and people may react (poorly) to encountering a truly alien entity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/13/2013

    " Sci-fi AND a murder mystery! Lots of interesting ideas and characters in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 6/3/2013

    " Underwhelming ending, not enough detail of St Libra basically. Too much driving around in the snow. Wasted opportunity. Still a decent sci-fi read, though. I get the feeling that Hamilton could just write these universes of his forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 5/25/2013

    " Classic Peter F Hamilton but with an ending that is much better tied in to the story than he has done in the past. Well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 3/12/2013

    " This is really quite a good book, and I would have given it 4 stars except it was about 300 pages too long. I like a good long book, but I agree with many of the reviewers in stating that it could have been a better book if it were shorter. "

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the anthologies In Dreams and New Worlds, as well as in several small-press publications. His novels include the Greg Mandel series—Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder, and The Nano Flower—and the bestselling Night’s Dawn trilogy, The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God. He is also the author of A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night’s Dawn trilogy.

About the Narrator

Toby Longworth is well known for his voice work, including Lott Dod and Gragra in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. His television credits include an appearance on Nighty Night.