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Redemption Ark (Revelation Space Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    What a world maker

    This book challenged and engaged me. I highly recommend to all sci-fi fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    If you like Revelation Space

    A good read, i made the mistake of trying to read Chasm City before this one thinking it was a necesarry sequel, even though the chapters about Sky Hausman or however you spell it are interesting it almost killed the trilogy for me. But this book brought me back into his amazing univers of inhibitors, demarchists, conjoiners and even pattern jugglers! Im going to start the finaly now!

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Solid book.

    You can start here if you must. But the first really does a good job of setting this story up. This story is a greater exploration of his universe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Dark and Glorious Space Opera

    The Cojoiners and Demarchists are slugging their way to the conclusion of a long war when the Cojoiners learn of a threat to all humanity. Machines called the Inhibitors are approaching from the dark reaches of space, intent on wiping out space-faring life. The Cojoiners make plans to protect themselves by launching a mission to retrieve a long-lost cache of hellish weapons. But one of their military experts, Clavain, believes that all of humanity deserves to know about the threat. Clavain launches his own operation to retrieve the weapons and is soon in a desperate race against his former allies. But it¿s not going to be a simple race ¿ the weapons are being held in the Delta Pavonis system by the damaged ship Nostalgia for Infinity. The dread machines are already there and are in the process of taking apart the entire system. The much-reduced crew of the ship is working on a plan to evacuate the planet before the Inhibitors can complete their work, a plan that includes their own use of the powerful weapons. Although it¿s not immediately obvious, Redemption Ark is a sequel to Reynolds¿s first novel, Revelation Space. A dark space opera with a grand scale and realistic science, the book has an interesting film-noir feel. None of the characters are entirely sympathetic and this future is definitely not a shiny feel-good place. However, it is full of fascinating technology and interesting people. The characterization is fairly good - definitely more than one-dimensional, although sometimes the motivations seem a little off. Redemption Ark suffers a bit from middle-book malady. While it¿s action packed and chock full of challenging concepts, the ending is disappointing ¿ it feels rushed, nothing is really resolved, and you¿re stuck waiting for the next book. There are also several points where the book builds up to what should be frenzied action sequences and then instead of the actual action, you get a passive recap that throws a wrench into the pacing. However, I do like the universe that Reynolds has created and I¿m looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    hard core futuristic outer space action thriller

    Light years ago, the Inhibitors feared intelligent species and built machines to stop any from developing. These killing machines traveled the universe to destroy intelligent life. Eons later, the machines must have failed as intelligent species have arisen including humans advancing throughout the cosmos. <P>Late in the twentieth-sixth century, the human crew of the Infinity learns why a sentient race suddenly vanished, but the crew also innocently rouse the Inhibitors. The death killing machines turn towards mankind for total annihilation. Planets are eradicated to tap into the raw material to build a doomsday destruction device never seen before by humanity. As humans compete and even kill one another to escape the coming genocide, only war criminal Clavain seems remotely capable of stopping what looks like human extinction. <P>Though there is a bit of the middle novel syndrome to REDEMPTION ARK, fans of hard core futuristic outer space action thrillers based on scientific theory will relish this Reynolds universe tale. The exciting story line picks up about fifty years after the events of REVELATION SPACE, but for the most part can stand on its own though reading the debut novel first is recommended. The key human characters are fully developed and make the audience believe that they the readers too are part of a doomed future because the Inhibitors seem so authentic. Those fans who want premium outer space adventure will peruse Alastair Reynolds¿s powerful two novels and its companion but independent tale, CHASM CITY, as well as some related short stories. This will have to satiate the audience until book three is released next year. <P>Harriet Klausner

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