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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter F. Hamilton Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commonwealth Saga Release Date:
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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star … vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship’s mission for its own ends.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth … and humanity itself. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The author’s expansive vision of the future combines action and intrigue on a panoramic scale.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Hamilton is] taking on one of sf’s (and maybe all of literature’s) primal jobs: the creation of a world with the scale and complexity of the real one.”


  • “Shows how thought-provoking yet entertaining science fiction can be. Some of the best fiction…in years.”

    Midwest Book Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 5/5/2011

    " This is a huge space opera. It did take me a bit to latch onto it, but it is a magnificent read and a true sci-fi classic in the best sense of that genre. Hamilton is a great writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 5/4/2011

    " Halfway through, the setup was fascinating but drawn out, now we're getting to the good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 4/2/2011

    " Outstanding epic sci-fi. Can't wait to read the second title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dezrah | 3/27/2011

    " If you like science fiction, even a little bit, THIS IS THE NEXT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ! "

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About the Author
Author Peter F. Hamilton

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.