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Matterbeam

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Masterful writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-19

Strong characters, rollercoaster plot, gripping descriptions of food (yes) and a sci-fi setting that doesn't take shortcuts around the science.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

We need more hard SF!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-19

A very interesting setting, with plenty of realistic space battles and in general, an action-packed plot.
Some more time could have been spent developing the characters.

It made getting here worthwhile.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-19

It flips the table on the events of the previous 2 books while following the stories of the 'main cast'. The tone has derinitely shifted to alien-mystery space opera, but the transition is smooth and logical.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A gripping tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

What Ian does best. Hard science, a carefully crafted world, inhabited by real people. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, especially thanks to the skilled narration by what feels like a 20 person voice cast.

Great beginning but ends poorly.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

It starts off very well, with no reason to doubt the events, even if it labels them strangely. The last third, written 10 years after the first, is a notable break with a descent into self-aggrandising conspiracy theories.

Stealing is good! China is #1! Send me money.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-19

A failure in trying to convince you that the author is special, that amassing data magically produces results, that stealing is good and China is magic. It's best taken as a propaganda piece by an apologetic self-promoter.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful