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Absolution Gap (Revelation Space) [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They are ancient killing machines, designed to locate and destroy any life form reaching a certain level of intelligence. Now, stirred from eons of sleep, the Inhibitors have descended on their latest target: Humanity." "The first wave of Inhibitors has sent war veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy." As she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.





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From Publishers Weekly

The final volume in British author Reynolds's SF trilogy that began with Revelation Space (2001) fulfills all the staggering promise of the earlier books, and then some. The world Hela, an airless moon of the gas giant Haldora, is remarkable for two things: relics of the extinct alien race called the scuttlers, and the Quaicheist faith, whose observers (aided by infection with a virus that induces religious fervor) watch Haldora in the hope of viewing one of its mysterious, split-second disappearances. Church records show the disappearances are slowly increasing in frequency and duration. Rumors abound, and arriving pilgrims confirm that Haldora's changing behavior is a sign of the end times. When his indoctrinating virus weakens on occasion, however, Quaicheist founder Horris Quaiche has other ideas—as does young iconoclast Rashmika Els, self-taught scuttler archeologist. Meanwhile, unhappy war veteran Nevil Clavain leaves self-imposed exile on the planet Ararat to help his friend, human-pig hybrid Scorpio, and rejoin the battle against the implacable Inhibitors, "wolf" machines that seek out and destroy star-faring civilizations. From a slow start, Reynolds's plot rapidly builds momentum, hurtling to a stunning conclusion. Cinematic imagery and strong characters ably carry this juggernaut of a story, with Big Ideas strewn about like pebbles on a beach. It's not the best book to introduce Reynolds to those who've never read him, but it's without a doubt a fitting finale to the series, a landmark in hard SF space opera.
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Review

"A terrific treat...rendered with the authentic voice of a working scientist. Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic--it may really be like this Out There."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 31, 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ODO61G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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113 of 121 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why, Mr. Reynolds...why? August 9, 2004
By Gibbs
Format:Hardcover
Oh, the humanity! Everything everybody wrote below is true: great, gothic science fiction, creeping horror, technology, darkness. Wonderful, additional storylines thrown in. Oh, and real character development. The first two books (three, including Chasm City) sold me on the Epic Quest of mankind against the Inhibitors, with wonderful little mysteries thrown in, along with tantalizing hints that they all might be related.

But what do we have here? Toss the major connecting thread between the books... the Inhibitors explained away in less than four pages. Magical "out-of-nowhere" saviors who are hinted at only twice in the entire story, and done in a way that they seem nothing more than a callous afterthought.

Imagine this...you've worked your way through the first two (three, including Chasm City) books, slowly grown used to and then developed an affinity for Mr. Reynolds' wonderfully unique style. You're happy with the subtle hints at 700 years of human history, having been given enough of the details to fill in the dark, gothic story with your own imagination. But five hundred pages to go, you start thinking, "Now we'll see the culmination of it all!" Two-hundred fifty pages, and you're thinking, "Ok, anytime now..." One hundred pages, and there's a sinking feeling..." Fifty pages, with the ending to the central theme of the series nowhere in sight, you finally realize the awful truth: this whole storyline was *never* about the Inhibitors. It was *all* a mechanism to force us to fill in the blanks of the future history of humanity, with the Inhibitor battle only a convenient way to move things along.

Until, that is, Mr. Reynolds couldn't write about it anymore. So, with nothing more than a rubber stamp called "Epilogue", the story ends. No mysteries solved.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointing. September 11, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First, I'd like to mirror what many of the other reviewers have said. Specifically a correlary between Stephen Baxter and Reynolds. He does seem to have a bit of a problem continuing this story.

I think what nobody has mentioned here, and bears mentioning, is that Reynolds left his job as a scientist to pursue writing full time to write this book. It seems that perhaps he got a little cocky.

Where the previous two books (I disagree that this is a four book series) were cold, realistic, hard science fiction (with the notable, but forgivable exception of Skade's FTL escapades and the cache weapons), his resolve to write concise books simply disappears with the third. Bizarre weapons ("hypometric" weapons, "bladder mines", "cryo math", and so on) and forces peek out and begin to play very large parts in this book.

Additionally, characters are spun through very strange trajectories not expected from the previous books. Scorpio is nearly a different character entirely. Brannigan is, well, a person again. Khouri is almost maternal, and rather boring. Clavain is near useless, and certainly uninteresting, and Skade is implausible(er) and not nearly as formidable.

What happened? I don't think anyone but Reynolds can really answer this. As somebody who went to amazon.co.uk to get copies of his books which were unavailable here in the US, I am definitely somebody who is a fan of his. After reading this, however, I'm not sure I'd read another of his books. My hope is that he will realize from the vast majority of reviews of his recent book, that he has taken a turn that was unexpected, and that perhaps he should reconsider.

At any rate, I would also suggest buying as a paperback. Or borrowing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to level of previous books July 9, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
With this book, unlike the previous 3 of his I have read, I was disappointed.
The entire question of shrouder/mademoiselle penetration of the conjoiners vanishes. Presumably if the Night Council WAS mademoiselle, it still existed somewhere.
The protagonist AND antagonist from Redemption Ark are removed from the story early in a clearly contrived fashion whose only impact besides clearing the slate for new characters is to give scorpio periodic memories.
The Nestbuilders are only presented in an allusive fashion, but play a large role in the plot. Invisible Hand material (when the story goes to far to be recovered by characters in their enviroment, a new element will be used to resolve the conflict in the plot) in my opinion. The Shadow entities on the other hand at least were built up in the story some.
Greenfly seem to be thrown in after the fact as a way to not have a totally happy ending, particularly if he is planning on writing in this universe more, possibly about Sky Haussmann, assuming he is the person described in the evacuees from Yellowstone.
I would wait for paperback on this one if I had to do it again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A flawed novel... February 8, 2006
By rpbird
Format:Hardcover
Read the other reviews and you'll find the same complaints echoed over and over again. They can be reduced to this observation: there is a profound carelessness on the part of the author that cannot be hidden. Yes, the writing is mostly excellent, Reynolds has an exceptional skill with the written word. Yes, there are several interesting ideas and a vast cargo of cool SF toys for the discriminating gourmet of the apocalyptic. All of it is rendered irrelevant by disastrously bad story choices, sloppy workmanship at the conclusion, and a hackneyed reliance on what the fancy types call "deus ex machina," when he's stuck, the author pulls something out of thin air. Or maybe out of the lower orifice of his body. Doing it once is vastly irritating; doing it three times in a row can be classified as a true dirty deed. All within pages of each other. For those who actually liked this mash, I'll list them. First came the revelation about the shadows, then came the hidden race, then came the greenflies (Don't they have a spray for that?). True aggravation from a writer with a great deal of talent, who for some reason can't deploy that talent on a regular basis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 9 days ago by Carmen
2.0 out of 5 stars Be warned!
I'm not going to repeat and belabor what others have said, especially Gibbs, but I do want to warn potential readers that this novel is a huge ripoff. Read more
Published 3 months ago by F. Keppler
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of a series that starts with a bang but ends with a wimper
I should preface this review by saying I really like the Revelation Space series. Its one of the more interesting "worlds" I've seen constructed and the styling had an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BjamminD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a closer
No spoilers here. Alastair Reynolds writes interesting Space Opera but boy he closes a novel poorly. Fun, great concepts, interesting characters, and no end game. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy Burns PMP, PMI-ACP
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally immersive, totally wonderful.
I had read reviews that stated this book wasn't enjoyable, so I only bought this book when it was on clearance at a local bookstore. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephan van Coppenole
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but ultimately disappointing wrap up to RS
This was a moderately interesting read, but ultimately a disappointing wrap up to Revelation Space. Heading into this you'd think that there is going to be an all out battle for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Pause
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
This is the dramatic end to an inspired series in which many of the memorable characters recur throughout. Mr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dick Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars No reason to complain
I have read a number of the reviews on amazon about this book, and I just don't understand them. I almost didn't purchase this one because it was so poorly reviewed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dubinky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Makes me wish he wrote a fourth book telling what happened after the arrival of the greenfly, but the adventure was the best part of the book.
Published 16 months ago by Andrew lawson pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Cream of the crop in Science Fiction!
Alastair Reynolds takes me on an amazing space adventure once again! His attention to detail is incredible, making the whole adventure feel very real.
Published 17 months ago by God's Kid
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Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales in 1966. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy. From 1991 until 2007, he lived in The Netherlands, where he was employed by The European Space Agency as an astrophysicist. He is now a full-time writer.

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