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This hefty novel of interstellar war and alien contact in the 25th century, a sort of Starship Troopers as if written by Charles Dickens, ranks as one of Hamilton's best. Though he's a mercenary for the Zantiu-Braun corporation, which gets its profits by periodically looting old interstellar colonies, Lawrence Newton has his eye on picking up a treasure trove of alien technology not on his employer's approved list of loot. When the Zantiu-Braun Third Fleet descends on the planet Thrallspring, the invaders unexpectedly find the inhabitants, who have access to some of that lost alien technology, prepared to fight back. After several hundred pages of well-depicted action and intrigue, the technology of the "dragons" makes the war superfluous, a definite victory for all opponents of the corporate pirates. It also makes it possible for Newton himself to travel in both time and space, and to put right the mishandling of a youthful love affair that forced him into exile in the first place. Ignoring conventional wisdom about expository lumps, flashbacks and viewpoint shifts, Hamilton (The Reality Dysfunction) nicely develops character while he also does some fine world building that's as good as it gets in space opera short of Lois McMaster Bujold. Despite the somewhat uneven pacing, the book is undeniably a page-turner and should provide many absorbing hours for the author's existing readers as well as a salutary introduction to a major SF author for a new audience. (Mar. 11)Forecast: With a five-city author tour and national print advertising both mainstream and genre, expect this one to rack up strong sales.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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In a far future, where interstellar trade has devolved into legitimized piracy, the Zantiu-Braun Corporation sends an elite troop of Skins, nearly invulnerable soldiers, to the planet Thallspring to collect their periodic dividends. The residents of Thallspring, however, have different ideas, as well as a secret weapon that has the potential to change not only the future but the past as well. The author of the "Night's Dawn" trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God) offers a standalone novel that combines personal drama with high-tech military sf and political intrigue. Hamilton has a knack for complex, believable characters; his heroes have flaws while his villains act according to their own codes of honor. A good choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2318 KB
  • Print Length: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (November 15, 2008)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling 'Night's Dawn' trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction , The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God. Also published by Macmillan (and Pan) is A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy. His most recent novels were Fallen Dragon, Misspent Youth, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought "Fallen Dragon" on the strength of Hamilton's previous works, especially the Reality Dysfunction series. When Hamilton is writing at his peak he is superb, throwing off new ideas like a shower of sparks, and generating gripping plots and fascinating characters. Other times Hamilton will become a bit long-winded, or will paint himself into a corner which requires a deus ex machina to extricate things.
I wasn't sure how "Fallen Dragon" would measure up, especially since interspersed flashbacks are not my favorite format for storytelling. But Hamilton was a good enough writer to pull me through the doubts I had early in the book. Pretty soon it turned into a "can't put it down" novel, costing me significant sleep time. I can't even complain too much about the deus ex machina aspect of "Fallen Dragon". It was carefully foreshadowed from the very beginning, and it made sense within the context of the story.
The surprise ending caught me completely by surprise. It did a beautiful job of tying up all the loose ends, and it was very satisfying.
My reaction upon finishing the book was, "Damn, that was good!" It was much better when viewed as a whole, which was pretty impressive considering how good the individual parts were. It far exceeded my expectations going in. It left me eager to read Hamilton's next new novel, and simultaneously apprehensive that he'll be able to maintain the high standards set by this and previous works.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James D. DeWitt VINE VOICE on May 1, 2002
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If you assume we can have interstellar colonies, how do you keep mankind from simply creating its old problems on new worlds? In a world of nanotech, artificial sentience and customized genese, what's really important?
Hamilton doesn't dodge the Big Questions in "Fallen Dragon." The book intertwines four stories: Lawrence Newton as adult, a pirate for a multi-national, interstellar corporation that engages in colonial piracy at an interstellar scale; the same Lawrence Newton as a youth, a child of the ruling class in one of those colonies, obsessed with interstellar exploration; Denise, a colonist on another planet, who tells children the most amazing stories and may or may not be more than she seems; and Simon Roderick, a director of the the corporate pirates that employ Newton. Each has a different view of his or her universe, each has a different set of goals and each has a different set of means to those goals. Who's right and what's right are the heart of this story, as well as what's a legitimate way to pursue those goals.
Hamilton's concept of multi-national corporations whose shareholder return is based on a eumphemistic "asset realization" - simple piracy - of interstellar colonies is plausible, and has precedent in the British East india Company. The development choices made by the colonists on each of the colonies Newton visits to loot are imaginative; the colony of Santo Christo is especially interesting. "Skin" is the next obvious step after the armor in Heinlein's "Starship Troopers." And Hamilton does a nice job of tying the various plots together at the end, in a climax somewhat reminiscent of Iain M. Bank's "Use of Weapons.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have read several other works by Peter Hamilton like the Reality Dysfunction, Neutronium Alchemist, so I am very familar with his writing. I was very excited upon reading the dust jacket. I was prepared to read a ripsnorting tour de force of military sci-fi like Hammer's Slammers or Starship Troopers. Instead I got a very personal tale of one man's life journey to fulfill a dream. The main character Lawrence Newton gives up home, family and love to get the chance to become a starship pilot. Then years later, he discovers all that he gave up is all he ever really wanted in the first place. I also saw a repeat of a message that seems to recur throughout Hamilton's work - What is the good of technological advances, mastery of the physical world and exploring space if humanity's heart doesn't change and become better? Or as one character asks Newton 'You would sell your soul to go home?' He replies 'I left my soul at home'. This is a great book about shattered dreams and second chances.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Morris on November 5, 2002
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I found this book to be a startling refreshing variant of the coming of age story set in a military background in an age of space travel (R. Heinlein's Starship Troopers comes to mind as a stellar example of this).
Before reading Fallen Dragon, I noted that several other Amazon readers lamented the relative lack of battle sequences in Fallen Dragon (as compared to Hamilton's other books) and the burden of a ponderous storyline that included unnecessarily diverting story threads that merely confused the reader. My curiousity was piqued, however, so I boldly bought it anyway and read it.
Much to my pleasant surprise, Fallen Dragon was revealed to be a finely woven story. Sure, there were stereotypical figures like calculating corporate executives, aggressive and unfeeling soldiers, fanatical ecolitans, manipulatable politicians, and dysfunctional families. And sure, there was a scattering of expected military sequences like the "drop assault", "aliens attacking marines in a space station", and "superior firepower against crafty indigenous peoples". Not expected though were twists like an altruistic corporation that advanced a positive agenda through short term ruthless and barbaric means, ecologic societies that ironically devolve after embracing radical environmental technologies, a superior and ancient alien race that is indifferent as to the advancement or decline of humans, and a main military character whose life is amply peppered with dramatic but instructive setbacks rather than artifically steady promotions and impossible battle victories.
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