Chaos and Order: The Gap into Madness (Gap Series #4)

Chaos and Order: The Gap into Madness (Gap Series #4)

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by Stephen R. Donaldson
     
 

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As the planetoid Thanatos Minor explodes into atoms, a specially-fitted cruiser escapes the mass destruction and hurtles into space only a step ahead of hostile pursuit. On board Trumpet are a handful of bedraggled fugitives from an outlaw world - old enemies suddenly and violently thrown together in a desperate bid for survival. Among this unlikely crew of allies are… See more details below

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As the planetoid Thanatos Minor explodes into atoms, a specially-fitted cruiser escapes the mass destruction and hurtles into space only a step ahead of hostile pursuit. On board Trumpet are a handful of bedraggled fugitives from an outlaw world - old enemies suddenly and violently thrown together in a desperate bid for survival. Among this unlikely crew of allies are Morn Hyland, once a UMC cop, now a prisoner to the electrodes implanted in her brain; her son, Davies, "force-grown" to adulthood by the alien Amnion and struggling to understand his true identity; the amoral space buccaneer Nick Succorso, whose most daring act of piracy could be his last; and Angus Thermopyle, unstoppable cyborg struggling to wrest control of his own mind from his UMC programmers.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fourth installment of Donaldson's Gap series may at first confuse even those who have read the previous volumes, since there's no summary of what has gone before and the plot is extremely convoluted. Once it gets going, though, the action moves forward like a juggernaut. Pursued by a police battle cruiser, by a bounty hunter and by a ship commanded by human agents of the dreaded Amnion, an alien race, Angus Thermopyle heads his ship, Trumpet , for an illegal lab hidden in a chaotic asteroid belt. There, Thermopyle, once a fearsome pirate, now a cyborg partially controlled by police programming, plans to have the secret ``antimutagen,'' which protects humans against the forced mutation practiced by the Amnion, replicated for mass distribution. Aboard Trumpet are the survivors from the pirate ship Captain's Fancy , including Morn Hyland (the series' long-suffering heroine) and her erstwhile tormentor, Nick Succorso. The larger conflict between Warden Dios, head of the United Mining Companies police, and Holt Fasner, CEO of the powerful megacorporation, moves closer to its climax; but the real excitement comes with the extended chase and battle in the asteroid swarm. Series readers will be glad to see that this installment, which at last begins to resolve the overall plot, offers plenty of thrills and an exciting finish that will leave them eager for the fifth and final volume. (June)
Library Journal
Donaldson, a ``powerful, though morbid storyteller'' ( A Dark and Hungry God Arises , LJ 10/15/92), continues his space adventure series with this tale of fugitives who flee an exploding planetoid.
Ray Olson
The best parts of the fourth installment in Donaldson's space-piracy saga about the Gap (a phenomenon by which faster-than-light travel is possible) are the chapters given the general title, "Ancillary Documentation." In them, Donaldson explains one or another of the scientific phenomena thanks to which his personae go rocketing (figuratively) from one side of the Milky Way to the other, his two races of protagonists (human and Amnion) communicate, etc. For readers outside of the uncritical fandom that has ensured each Donaldson opus its berth on the best-seller lists, however, there aren't enough of these chapters and they're too short. We have to wade through page after page (any two of which seem interchangeable) of pirates and cops screaming, swearing up a storm, bashing each other (that is, supposed allies in each camp bash each other, not supposed adversaries who, after all, are on different spaceships and don't have their supposed enemies at hand), and dragging their broken, sleep-deprived bodies into yet more screaming, swearing, and bashing. At least Donaldson has largely dispensed with the sadomasochistic sexual high jinks that made earlier hunks of this monster so distasteful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307573049
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Series:
Gap Series , #4
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
684
Sales rank:
164,525
File size:
3 MB

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