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Great North Road

Written by Peter F. Hamilton

Average Score: 73(3)

This is a new book from the bestselling Science-Fiction author Peter F. Hamilton. St Libra is a paradise for Earth's mega-rich. Until the killing begins. In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones - but none have been reported missing. And the crime's most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation - claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra. Investigating this alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency's top priority. The bio-fuel flowing from St Libra is the lifeblood of Earth's economy and must be secured. So a vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and teams of engineers, support personnel and xenobiologists are dispatched to the planet. Along with their technical advisor, grudgingly released from prison, Angela Tramelo. But the expedition is cut off, deep within St Libra's rainforests. Then the murders begin. Someone or something is picking off the team one by one. Angela insists it's the alien, but her new colleagues aren't so sure. Maybe she did see an alien, or maybe she has other reasons for being on St Libra...In this stunning standalone adventure, Peter F. Hamilton blends fast-paced narrative with vividly imagined future-worlds.

Book Details

Science Fiction
Hardcover, 976 Pages
Published by Del Rey on December 26, 2012
ISBN-10 034552666X
ISBN-13 978-0345526663


SFX | Jonathan Wright
Review Rating: 80
Doling out its revelations slowly enough to keep the tension high without slowing the story, Great North Road builds confidently towards a conclusion that's arguably a little too neat, but that doesn't lessen the achievement here.
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 80
In most respects, this is Peter F. Hamilton at his traditional, page-turning, easily-readable, SF blockbuster best.
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sffworld.com | Mark Yon
Review Rating: 60
In summary, Great North Road is quite fun but too long and with some questionable choices made along the way.
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