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About the Author
- ASIN : B00CYM192A
- Publisher : Tor; On Demand edition (September 12, 2013)
- Publication date : September 12, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #370,591 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Chronologically, it follows " Stealing Light ", " Nova War " and " Empire of Light ", but does not commence immediately after "Empire of Light" so you can read it standalone, though I don't recommend that as the preceding novels are excellent in their own right and there is numerous context that carries over into this novel.
With "Marauder", Gibson gives us two entwined story threads: one being the travails of Megan Jacinth, an FTL pilot down on her luck who survives on the fringes, but seems to be the only person who knows - and perhaps can do something about - an imminent alien invasion. The other thread is Speaker-Elect Gabrielle, a young woman whose entire life of privilege has led to her melding with a crashed alien space ship in order to extract high-tech secrets that can be used to advantage by the elite of her society.
Of course, Gibson loads up the politics, character count and action in his typical style, and the result is another engaging and exciting story.
I particularly like his strong and complex woman characters. Both leading ladies are fully fleshed and thankfully do not suffer from an over-abundance of tears, irrational behavior or sexual wantonness.
In fact, most of the major cast are fully fleshed, with Gregor Tarrant being one of the best baddies I've encountered for a while. He is tyrannical, temperamental and tarty by turns, an amoral monster for sure, but Gibson never draws him as a caricature and so he is a believable monster. Even Bash, Jacinth's comatose best friend, has a distinct and well formed personality despite spending most of the novel in a vegetative state.
Being fair, the plot does suffer from a few glitches and Jacinth has the habit of escaping dire situations by the skin of her teeth more times than is probable, but Gibson keeps the action - and the story - moving so swiftly that this is a niggle, not a structural flaw. And as with many high-tech adventure stories, the science behind a lot of the toys is glossed over...if you've read the previous novels you will be familiar with the degree of detail applied, if not, don't expect a fully 'hard' sci-fi story steeped in exotic physics and the like.
But overall, "Marauder" is a great example of the genre and if you like Peter F. Hamilton, early Neal Asher or Richard Morgan's sci-fi novels, you are likely to enjoy this as well.
If you've read the previous books , you have to read it; shes back!
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This novel, set in the future of the Shoal trilogy universe, reminds me a little of the way Peter F Hamilton also returned to his Commonwealth universe with a new story that gathered in the strands of his previous work. It isn't by any means a filler or add-on to a completed story arc, as it's a perfectly readable book in its own right. I would recommend, however, that you come into the Shoal universe at the beginning Stealing Light (Shoal Sequence) if you are new to Gary's work and worlds then work your way up to this excellent story as it will make it all the more enjoyable.
Five stars from me for a thoroughly excellent read.
I did find that the heroine did have one or two too many very remarkable close escapes. There's close, closer and getting quite implausible, and there's several of the latter. Think James Bond style "no i expect you to die Mr Bond" implausible escapes one after the other. WOudl be good to see her a bit more in control sometimes.
Having said that, really enjoyed it and hoping there's a sequel in the same story line.