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Peter F. Hamilton
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February 11, 2009 0316021822 Reprint
The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the `possessed' to infiltrate more worlds.


Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind which hasn't been seen by humankind for six hundred years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction. Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God -- which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed.


THE NAKED GOD is the brilliant climax to Peter F. Hamilton's awe-inspiring Night's Dawn Trilogy.

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About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife and two children.

Product Details

  • Series: The Night's Dawn (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (February 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316021822
  • ASIN: B003STCQAW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the grand opus I was expecting... July 20, 2009
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed two of Hamilton's recent books (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained), so I've been planning to read his "Night's Dawn Trilogy" for a while, due to the many positive reviews here. Problem was, it was released as six books back in the Nineties, and they were out of print. Last fall, Orbit republished the series as a trilogy of massive 1300-page doorstops. I dove in eagerly, hoping for a good, long story. Two months and nearly 4000 pages later, I'm finally done. My main impression? Good, but much too long. There's at least a whole third that should have been left out; the entire Neutronium Alchemist thread has nothing to do with the rest of the story. So, right there, the trilogy could have easily lost 1000 pages or so and been a stronger tale for it. As for the remaining 3000-page story, here are my thoughts. (This review treats all three books as one long story. It can't be read any other way.)

The reading of this thing took so long, and I invested so much time in it, it was almost like a small relationship: at first, NDT seemed like a good, meaty space opera, and captured my interest. Hamilton is an excellent writer, with some faults, but he's good enough to make you overlook them. The book began as a standard sf novel, taking pains to sound authoritative and scientifically accurate. But then it suddenly veered off into Stephen King territory, which totally threw me. I had bought all three volumes, was hundreds of pages in, and suddenly I'm reading a story about possession, ghosts, and human sacrifice, along with FTL travel and galactic empires. I opted to see it through, despite some grave (no pun intended) misgivings. I wanted to see how Hamilton managed to explain, in a scientific way, how the "beyond" (purgatory, to you and me) worked. So I kept going.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cheap ending June 29, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked the first book a lot, especially the first half of the first book. Like many reviewers, I bought all 3 at once, and plowed thru. All in all, I liked the trilogy except for the ending, although there were a number of weak points.

SPOILERS AHEAD:

The main problem for me is how cheap, fast, and rudely he ends this book and the trilogy. After reading 3400 pages, and tracking 4 or 5 main plot lines that you just KNOW are destined to all meet up in some amazing conclusion: they don't.

All the way along you have various heroes and heroines exhibiting courage, cleverness, and determination to win the 'little' battles in their plotline. You just KNOW somehow, by winning some of those battles that lesser folks would have surely lost, it will somehow contribute to winning the overall 'war'. They don't.

Halfway thru this last book in the trilogy, I started thinking: Whoa, he BETTER hurry up and start converging these plots! He's running out of pages to bring all of this together! When I was 3/4 thru and there was NO converging in sight, I started to get confused: What? Is there a 4th book that ties this all up? When I was 9/10 thru and STILL no converging, my heart was sinking. Then in the last 10 pages of the 3rd monster book of the trilogy, literally a miracle happens. Then a few paragraphs are written on each plotline, showing how all is well for the good guys, and how the bad guys all got their just desserts.

Bottom Line: I felt like the author just got tired of writing this series, and wrapped it up as fast as he possibly could.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Epic Space Opera February 21, 2009
By Kevin
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the final book in his Night's Dawn Trilogy. I really enjoyed the scope of worlds and characters he created and the universe he put them in. He is able to do a great job bringing them all together. You'll obviously want to read the first two books first - The Reality Dysfunction and The Neutronium Alchemist. As a bonus if you are looking at this for the Kindle search for 'The Night's Dawn Trilogy' and you can get all 3 books together for $7.99.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Finished it...FINALLY! March 22, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the third and final book in Hamilton's three volume Night's Dawn trilogy, a 3,600 page behemoth to be sure. These are not stand alone novels and must be read not only in sequence, but in continuous, quick succession if you hope to keep on top of the various story threads.

I must say, that while I initially enjoyed this work immensely, the novelty and the outstanding hard science fiction concepts and practices began to wear a little thin after about 2,000 pages. Such things as medical and neural nanonics, anti-matter fuel and weaponry, Edenism, sentient habitats and space craft, human possession, non-human species (xenoc) and the various political subdivisions and splinter groups, while captivating for a time, ultimately become second nature. At that point, only the underlying story can support the reader's attention. While I was not in any way disappointed, as I said, by the time I finished the third book, two months after picking up the first (reading an hour or two every day) I was ready to be done with it.

About a third of the way through this final installment, I felt that several of the threads began to take bizarre, and at times ridiculous, turns (Mortonridge disappearance, Valisk dimension shift, to name a couple). I suspect that this could have been a perfectly satisfactory, three volume, 2,000 page story without some of the more extreme twists and turns that quite frankly detracted from my enjoyment of the experience. Glad I read it; glad it's over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Read
This series keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It deals in issues from the purely physical all the way into the philosophical.
Published 17 days ago by allen miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy progress toward a quick, flawed conclusion
How do you face 1,332 pages?
How do you confront 469,000 words?
My solution: Dedicate as many waking moments of my day for 16 consecutive days. Read more
Published 19 days ago by M-I-K-E 2theD
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible bloated
Don't waste your time. Not fun at all needs a plot. Horrible waste of money. Do not buy this book. Horrible.
Published 22 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great!
I am a BIG fan of hardcore scifi, I enjoy intelligent "techno-babble" books and the more distant the future they are set in, the better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mario Nano
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much story lines, too little space (no pun intended)
While the first two parts of this trilogy were very entertaining, the third does not entirely succeed in meeting expectations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Uytterhoeven
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent conclusion
The grand ole space opera comes to an end......!!

I have to admit that this series has a special place in my heart as it was my introduction to sci-fi. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RB
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Like I said - good stuff, very involved, full and fun. Very similar in tone and feel and concept as the Commonwealth Saga. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy
The naked God ends the confederation trilogy, and in doing so brings together the threads that made up this vast tapestry that is the story of the confederation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hector M. Lugo
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell apart in the last 20 pages.
It's as if after the huge volume of writing, the decision was made, "well, let's wrap this up!"
Very disappointing.
Published 2 months ago by Thor Dehr
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
This book was very hard to put down. The ending was surprising, but quite satisfying. I would highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Coe
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Help Please!
Yes, the Trilogy includes all 3 books. The "Part 1" and "Part 2" you see on each book was done for their release in the US (and in other countries, sometimes even in more volumes), as carrying around a 1200-1300 page tome for each book is a little much.
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