Following the astonishing The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Night Without Stars is the epic second and final part to Peter F. Hamilton's Chronicle of the Fallers.
The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it's millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society - hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family.
A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance. She's helped by forbidden Commonwealth technology, which gives her a crucial edge. But the government obstructs the Angel's efforts at every turn, blinded by prejudice and technophobia. As Fallers also prepare to attack from the skies, she might need to incite rebellion to fight this invasion. But the odds seem impossible.
Then astronaut Ry Evine uncovers one last hope. On a mission against the enemy, his spacecraft damages an unidentified vessel. This crash-lands on the planet, carrying unexpected cargo: a baby. This extraordinary Commonwealth child possesses knowledge that could save them all. But if the Fallers catch her, the people of Bienvenido will not survive.
©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Peter F Hamilton via his superb Commonwealth series of books has become one
of my favourite science fiction authors. I was blown away by the first part
of the Fallers Chronicle sub-series of books that form part of the
Commonwealth saga and eagerly awaited the final part. In short, Night
Without Stars was an absolutely superb conclusion to this sub-series and
every bit worth the wait.
What I absolutely love about these stories is how Hamilton really takes the
reader on a journey. We see so much and travel to so many places in the
pages of this story that I find that the reader is immersed into the varied
and vivid worlds so skilfully depicted.
Anyone reading this review who has read the previous books in this series
can rest assured that this one is a real cracker and ranks right up there
with Hamilton's best work. Night Without Stars is an epic rip-roaring
adventure that will keep you hooked right from the start. I was unable to
put this book down and finished it in 3 days flat which translates to 8 plus
hours a day of listening!
Narration is provided by John Lee who has voiced most of Hamilton's books
which is also a welcome consistency. lee's narration is either one you love
or hate. Fortunately, I like it and although it can sound a little odd in
the style of its delivery, Lee is superbly competent.
Night Without Stars was a compelling, thrilling, exciting and addictive
read and I would highly recommend it. My hope for the future is that
Hamilton decides to continue the Commonwealth series so we can meet many of
our favourite and much loved characters once more while throwing some new
nasties into the mix.
Brings together strands from both The Commonwealth Saga and Chronicle of the Fallers seamlessly.
John Lees performance was always very good but has improved throughout the previous book culminating in a fantastic delivery this time around.
Having waited for the second book, I was glad to discover that the wait was worthwhile! A great read!
Fantastic story, took a little while getting going but once going really grabbed you. Great charecters that seemed very real in a very believable future scape.
"amazing space opera!"
Omg, just went out for Japanese. Pretty sure this is what second trimester feels like. I think I just felt it kick
"One of the best things you can listen to."
If you don't like grab space opera than Hamilton is not for you.
But if you do, the commonwealth series is possibly the best you can find. And this latest installment holds up wonderfully.
"A bit rushed for my opinion"
I like all of the author's books, and this is a decent conclusion to the previous book.
but I fill it was stretched to much and concluded in a hurry.
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