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The Prefect

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent whodunit in Outer Space

    Panoply Prefect Tom Dreyfus is a highly regarded law enforcement official whose beat is the Glitter Band habitats that surround Yellowstone planet. His superior Jane Aumonier assigns him to investigate the shocking destruction of Ruskin-Sartorious Bubble habitat that left over nine hundred dead in a mass murder attack. Tom understands the signifcance of the motive is not just to help identify the culprits, but to understand why so as to prevent more assaults on innocent people. ---- At the same time that Tom begins his inquiries into the horrific case, Deputy Field Prefect Thalia Ng works on programming to prevent fraudulent voting following an incident at the House Perigal in which six died. As Tom works his case and Thalia tests her patch, Jane is removed from duty at a time she is considered critical by field prefects. Tom believes an unknown person or group has put together a clever diabolical plot to take control of the entire Glitter Band. ---- The latest Revelation Space thriller is an excellent science fiction police procedural as Dreyfus is at his best uncovering a conspiratorial scheme one clue at a time. The story line is fast-paced as the Prefects investigate several goings-on besides the prime mass murder case interestingly Alastair Reynolds cleverly uses the cases to provide some history and geography enough for newcomers to understand the Glitter Band and for long term fans not to be irritated. Although the conspirators remain for the most part behind the scenes so never flushed out beyond their objective, fans will appreciate this excellent whodunit in Outer Space. ---- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    His worst - his lump of coal

    Stupid characters make stupid decisions to keep the plot moving
    Annoying and incomprehensible villains
    Dissatisfying ending

    Reynolds is a wonderful author who writes beautiful prose, but this book just sucked.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    The Prefect is P The Prefect is perfect

    I read it a couple years ago through a sample in an online book club. It completely consumed my imagination. It was all i thought and talked about for weeks. Back then i hadnt either heard of Alastair or his revelation series. But neither of those facts stopped me from loving this book! Afterward i went backwards and im currently starting Absolution Gap. Im as excited now as i was back then for his books. Its does have a slight Asimov feel, ive read the entirety of his Foundation series but i think i like the Revelation Space trilogy even more, thats saying something.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    Gripping read

    Great 'noir' SF read - couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

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    Great SF read.

    Alastair Reynolds once again delivers a strong scifi story set in his Revelation space universe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

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    I hate myself. I was at the library last month and had a chance

    I hate myself.

    I was at the library last month and had a chance to buy almost all of Alastair Reynolds' novels in hardcover for about a quarter a piece. I didn't buy them because I didn't know who he was at the time. You know those people who live their lives with no regrets? I will not be one of them.

    Cripes, this book is GREAT. There is not one thing I would change about this story. It's smart, imaginative, surprising, and completely engrossing. I didn't find out until halfway through that this is part of the "Revelation Space" universe. I don't really know what that means, but I will, as soon as I track down and read all of this guys books. Wow. Masterfully done.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Entertaining and engaging, highly recommend!

    Dovetails nicely with his other books.

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