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.
A reader of science fiction and other speculative musings for more than 40 years, I'm most fond of the grand themes found in space opera.
John Lee is my favourite narrator by far. I have, in the past, bought books purely on the strength of him reading them. He does a superb job, as usual.
Hamilton, similarly, ranks very highly in my author pantheon. He seems to have the ability to push my buttons and evoke an emotional response to his story. Again, he didn't let me down.
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.
I Struggled to finish this, actually listed to 3 others in between these chapters. I'm a huge fan of Hamilton and have read everything, recently though (these last 2). Maybe it was because i was listening to it and sometime found the elaborate descriptions hard to stay focused on. But this story was a step to far in terms of centurys past by and faller threat. Loved the last chapter but it felt like it was bolted on as a wrap up of the entire void series, a fast review of all characters and a where are they now. Not my fave but I had to listen to it
I was seriously discouraged by the summary. I enjoy the way John Lee performs, and I really like Peter Hamilton and I enjoyed the first book. The summary for this book really put me off though and I delayed by months before I decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did.
I've enjoyed the series so far but it's spoiled somewhat by the frequent and cringeworthy sex scenes. And the narrator's range of accents is unfortunately limited and stereotypical. Anyone from the countryside has a Somerset accent. Anyone in authority is nasal. Anyone foreign sounds like a Bond baddie. And sorry, but why does every female character sound like a camp version of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins?
I can't imagine anyone else doing Peter Hamilton books, for me John Lee is the commonwealth.
The Peter Hamilton/John Lee combo is just spot on, I love his books especially about the commonwealth. Such a rich and diverse universe he paints with his words. As for this book, it follows in such a tradition. Well recommended.
Another masterpiece from Peter F. Hamilton! it was really impressive. I could not stop listening! I hope he will come up with something more similar! I was just brilliant, like all his other books starting with the Night's Dawn Trilogy!
"Brilliant second part of the story"
The narration is excellent, the narrator knows how to do Peter f Hamilton stories.
The story is so rich and detailed. The future technology and not so future technology fits in so well.
I kept wanting to hear more of the story, it was hard to pause or stop listening as I wanted to know what was going to happen.
Just a brilliant page turner or just another few minutes of listening to find out the next amazing part of the story.
Gripping and thought provoking. The detail of the worlds and plots created is just mind blowing.
"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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