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  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Sutherland; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SWE452
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John-Paul Cleary lives in the small town of Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland.

Interested in most fiction genres but specialising in science fiction, his biggest sci-fi influence is the Culture series by the late Iain M Banks.

His debut novel Convergent Space peaked at number 1 in the Space Opera charts on Amazon UK in 2012 and consistently featured in the top five for more than six months.

The second book in the Convergent Space series - The Shadow Ship - will be released on 26th October 2014.

You can contact John-Paul @ConvergentSpace on Twitter or via his blog

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John on October 20, 2011
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To quote from the author himself, "fantastic view from the edge." The characters and plot were very well thought out and written very well also. The story flows well, there is no real problems like some have changing scenes. I believe that John-Paul Cleary had made a transiion to another scene very well and it did not take very long to get back on the right track. Very few authors that I have read so far have been able to do this sucessfully.

Amazing conglomerate of action, suspense, mystery, and science fiction. If you don't feel the adrenaline rush, or the mass of different emotions whil reading this book, please, sit back and check your pulse!

I would have to use the authors own words to describe this book, "the fantastic driving struggle for an elusive object and the ambition, the faith, the adventure, the frustrations, the disappointment and the occasional ecstatic victory that all went with it." This story will take you on a whirlwind ride to the end of the universe and back again. It will have you on the edge of your seat and beg for more. You won't be able to put this book down, I know I couldn't and spent nights reading until I passed out with my kindle in hand.

I am a post apocalyptical sience fiction author myself, and I love to read books like this that share some of my own views along with giving me a wild ride into things I have not thought of. As a fellow writer I will say that this is by far the best book I have read in a very long time and can only hope that I can even shadow it with my own.

Even though misguided, I think we all need a little Herneses from time to time. I like how the end is opened for other adventures and can still be the end even if another story is yet to follow. Great story and in all it was amazing even the thought of a sentient companion had arroused my curiosity.

Best wishes John-Paul Cleary, and I hope to see more books like this to follow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Doll on February 11, 2012
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I was really into this novel for the first half or so, and then it seemed like it was written by a completely different author by the end, with timing, scale, and pacing taking a dive for the worse.

I came across Convergent Space while browsing Ian M. Banks novels on Amazon, and for the low price I couldn't pass up a novel that other reviewers were comparing to the inimitable Banks' work. At first I thought that Mr. Cleary was joining Banks' league in his vision and scope of the story, but by the end I was sad to find that, while a solid first effort, this novel is a bit of a mess.

The most frustrating problem with this novel is its wild inconsistencies in scale. In one section we are treated to a "burn ship", a long-distance, multi-decade mode of traveling far across the galaxy to remote reaches of space. Later in the book, other ships are able to catch up with these supposedly fast burn ships to destroy one. The author begins talking about "the entire galaxy" mobilizing or fleeing, after previously discussing taking decades to travel between regions. In one passage, he deals with refugees who are all fleeing to a specific region of space, and them worrying about what are essentially traffic jams... in the void of infinite space. Communications seem to be instant no matter distance, but are never explained. Travel speeds appear to be faster-than-light and yet events are described as though watching out a slowly-moving car window. In all, the author ends up treating "the galaxy" like a small rural town, where events are easily observed from afar.

All of that could be accepted if there was consistency or explanation but unfortunately there is none.

The other major problem I want to highlight is the massive use of deus ex machina ([...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Stronach on May 10, 2012
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The Galaxy was living in peace and harmony benevolently controlled, protected, and guided by The Guild.

200 years ago The Aveche threatened the peace and tranquillity of the planets within The Guild. Earth as the founders and most technologically advanced Planet develop a Shield that will encompass all of the Galaxy's and systems within The Guild, and after millions of relay stations are set up it is time to put the Shield in place.

The Earth fleet sets out with the final part but before it can be put in place a Great (shock) Wave spreads through known space destroying millions of planets and trillions of lives.

Earth is blamed for the catastrophe and ostracised and a new ruling class is born in the The Renaissance.

Earth spends the next 200 years sending out Archeosoldiers to track what actually happened in the belief that their technology and the Shield could not have caused the disaster, no one believed them.......

Convergent Space then, turns out to be a futuristic inter galaxy archaeological detective story, with one person Archeosoldiers sent out in their ships with nothing more than a micro companion, which is connected to them wirelessly from birth, and dies when its human companion dies.

As large parts of the remaining galaxy are still in turmoil and planetary wars and civil wars are ongoing, the attrition rate of the Archeosoldiers is high. Rone, a female Archeosoldier was badly injured during her quest and had managed to get assigned to a Renaissance station and was living with the leader of that part of space until a badly wounded soldier turns up in her front room.
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