Great North Road

Great North Road

Book - 2014
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

New York Times bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton's riveting new thriller combines the nail-biting suspense of a serial-killer investigation with clear-eyed scientific and social extrapolation to create a future that seems not merely plausible but inevitable.
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A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family--composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.
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Or maybe not so friendly. At least that's what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who'd like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he'll make enough enemies to ruin his career.
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Yet Sid's case is about to take an unexpected turn: because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime.
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Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.
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Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world's political and economic elite . . . all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.

Praise for Great North Road
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"A mesmerizing page-turner." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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"A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling." -- Library Journal (starred review)
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"A perfect introduction to [Hamilton's] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling." -- Booklist (starred review)
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"Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action." --SFRevu
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"One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel." --SF Site
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"Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement." --Tor.com


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, 2014
Edition: Del Rey mass market edition
ISBN: 9780345526670
0345526678
Branch Call Number: F HAM NVD
Characteristics: xvii, 926 pages : map ; 18 cm

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multcolib_rossb Dec 01, 2015

We have two theories about the murder: either it's a clone dynasty corporate cover-up, or... there's a humanoid alien with knife fingers that likes to shred human hearts. This book manages to generate over 900+ pages of suspense and science fiction thrills.

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pinky0203
Jul 05, 2015

What a great book. Part Murder Mystery/Who Done It and part Secret Alien Invasion. It starts out slow and gradually picks up speed. It has some heartbreaking moments as well as some that will just make you laugh out loud. I really do wish there was a sequel. The worlds he creates are so real, with their own cultures, histories and beliefs.

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zenonbudzey
Jan 22, 2014

If you are the impatient/ADD type that wants everything to happen fast, you will not enjoy this book. This book is for true sci-fi fans that can just sit back and enjoy the journey. Peter Hamilton is a living legend and the fact there is a ridiculous amount of description in his books just goes to show how much thought he's put in to creating his universe & characters for us to enjoy.

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siharris
Jul 01, 2013

Enjoyable, if not exceptional SF saga from PFH, one of my favourite "Space Opera" type authors. As with a lot of his books the pace is such so that the 900+ pages doesn't feel like a drag. Features the standard PFH super rich interstellar dynasties, and although it always makes for engaging reading, I can't helping wishing he'd try out a different angle for a change. Worth a read for fans of this genre, if you're new to PFH try one of his earlier series, they're better.

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3dblus
Feb 13, 2013

A well organized and well written science fiction murder mystery. Multiple story lines are easy to follow and the flashbacks help develop the story line.
On the detrimental side: 940p and a weight of about 5lbs (Yes, my arm tired from holding it as I read)
But, still all and all, well worth the read!

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SWSCHUMACK
Feb 03, 2013

EXCELLENT. SPOILER: THE HAPPY ENDING IS JARRING, BUT STILL SATISFYING.

rosebud161 Jan 11, 2013

terrific book . held my interest through all 900+ pages. succeeds as both pure science fiction and a s a novel with well developed characters.

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