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The Naked God, Part 1: Flight Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000

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After invasions and battles, panic and horror, after denial and the revelation of ultimate truths, after four volumes and 2,300 pages, it all comes down to this: To stem the tide of souls of the dead who have returned to possess the bodies of the living, Joshua Calvert must take his ship, the Lady Macbeth, on a mission beyond the farthest reaches of explored space. His goal is to find the artifact/entity the Tyrathcans call The Sleeping God in the hope that this legendary presence can offer some kind of help, or at least advice with the problem. Otherwise human civilization is perhaps doomed. Meanwhile on Ombey, an army of bitek soldiers stages a counter-invasion of possessed-controlled Mortonridge--a strange battle in which neither side is completely human--but the gains are little and each victory dear. The best of Adamist "gray" technology and Edenist green biotech, now used together in willing cooperation, still offer little hope. Physics cannot overcome metaphysics.

This final installment of Peter F. Hamilton's Homeric space adventure, which began with The Reality Dysfunction, volumes I (Emergence) and II (Expansion), and continued in The Neutronium Alchemist, volumes I (Consolidation) and II (Conflict), is no simple winding up of the story. You'll be amazed to find Hamilton busily introducing new characters, new plots, and new enigmas up to the very end. After all this time can he possibly surprise us? Absolutely. --J.B. Peck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the massive conclusion to his elaborate metaphysical trilogy, Hamilton (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist) resolves the fate of humanity and its confrontation with the souls of its dead. In this volume, the Confederation's epic spiritual crisis reaches a climax: the tear in the boundary between reality and afterlife, a boundary that many souls cross to possess the bodies of the living and to use their energistic power, remains open. Petrified of being forced back into the beyond--a hell where all souls anguish in nothingness but can see the familiar universe just out of reach--the possessed withdraw entire planets from our universe to another. Two factions of the possessed, however, have no intention of leaving our universe: Al Capone's brutal, ever-expanding mafia organization and Quinn Dexter's cult of pain, which is trying to orchestrate a torturous apocalypse. Meanwhile, a Liberation Army attempts to forcefully remove individual possessors from their living victims, resulting in atrocities. GovCentral works on a weapon to extinguish a soul entirely from all existence, but is unwilling to commit itself to the kind of genocide the weapon would unleash. As a last hope, two starships are sent to hunt down a literal deus ex machina, another species's Sleeping God. Its existence is the only real hope that mankind has of surviving. Hamilton's work encompasses a broad sweep of philosophical and moralistic themes, yet he keeps a tight focus on his 100-plus "principal characters" and the highly fantastical universe they inhabit. His work requires slow, careful reading, but those who put in the extra effort will be paid back in full and then some. The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446608971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446608978
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,530 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric Oehler on January 16, 2000
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This gigantic (970-page) book is an intimidating read. With two equally large volumes of backstory, more characters and plot threads than you can keep track of without taking notes, and an admittedly hard-to-describe premise (merely saying that "the dead are coming back and posessing the living" sounds dumb), The Naked God is not at first glance an easy book.
But what a story. Hopping between the main protagonist's voyage into uncharted space looking for the Tyrathca god of the title, the posessed-ravaged Earth, the bitek habitats, the Kiint homeworld, the military campaigns agaist the posessed, and even entire other universes, the tale flies along at a breakneck pace. It's nearly impossible to expect all the plot twists and intruigues, and many of the climactic scenes have an edge-of-your-seat intensity. It's unapologetic space opera, yes, but it's absorbing in the complexity of the worlds and characters created.
The ending is a bit sudden, as is often the case with grand series like this...there's no way to do complete justice to such a grand tale with a few chapters of denoument (I personally was left thinking "alright, more! What happens next?" much as I was at the end of the Dune series). Admittedly, the solution to the posessed and the Beyond is a bit of a Deus ex Machina, and has a twinge of hokey sentimentality. That should not deter one from delving into this series - the solutions to the problem are less important to the story of the problem itslef and it's effects on the main characters. "The Naked God" examines the tales from so many angles and viewpoints - political, social, spiritual, economic, technological and ethical - that it is a deeply engrossing tale.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By illiandantic on February 24, 2005
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There are six books in Peter F. Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" series:

- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 1: Emergence,"

- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 2: Expansion,"

- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 1: Consolidation,"

- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 2: Conflict,"

- "The Naked God - Part 1: Flight," and

- "The Naked God - Part 2: Faith."

Be warned: you CANNOT read these books individually. They are, essentially, chapters in one whopping great book. If you like the first book, then you'll have to read the other five books in order. There's no tie-up of any sort between any of the books. The publisher just broke the story up because it totals over 3,000 pages. If you pick up a book before you've read all the previous books (in order), put it down. It won't mean anything to you. Since these books are entirely dependent on each other, I'm writing this review on the series as a whole, not on the individual books.

This is one of the greatest science fiction sagas written. It ranks up there with David Brin's "Uplift Saga." It is literally a story of good vs evil and shows some of the potential (and pitfalls) of the human race. Over the years, I've read the whole series five times, and I still love it. I really only have two gripes with the book. First, and this is unavoidable in what Hamilton is doing, the evil in the series is definitely, graphically evil. This is not a book where the villain twists his mustache and laughs "nyah hah hah" as he forecloses on the orphanage or ties the heroine to the railroad tracks. The writing is fairly graphic in a lot of places. After five readings, this gets a bit wearing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JP Marston on May 31, 2000
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Wow, what a let down of an ending. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely. However, the thrill came from the excellent adventure and detailed action which Hamilton is so good at describing. I was disappointed because of the total lack of exploration of the concepts that teased and awed in the first two books of the series.
For four books, Hamilton sets the reader up to expect an exploration of the concepts of life after death, eternity, the nature of evil, self determination, etc. The ending addresses none of these issues, completely bypassing the issue which created most of the tension in the first place -- the Kiints' insistance that humans must find their own solution to the problem of possession -- the Kiint won't even give them any hints.
Reading the Epilogue, my thought was "Gee, so there never really was a problem anyway."
Anyway, it's still a good book, hence the three stars. If you've already read the first four in the series, it's definitely worth finishing it up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
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Hamilton's ending to TNG may be unworthy of his own writing, but it's high art compared to most other SF writers. This is an author who succeeds at things most writers don't even attempt--and that scores major points in my book. If his next book is this good and has 50 blank pages instead of an ending, I'll still pay its hardcover price.
While I didn't consider this in my rating, I have to add that this book has more typos than anything I've ever read. If this book were any other product, you'd call it "broken" and return it. Missing words, double words, and misspellings abound (and no I'm not talking about British spellings). In places you don't so much read this novel as decypher it. I'd blame sloppy proofreading if I thought it was proofread at all (or even spell checked by a computer). It's embarrassing to have such a fine novel defaced like this. And it's a ripoff to the readers to deliver a book in this condition.
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