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In the grand tradition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Frederik Pohl's Heechee chronicles, Peter F. Hamilton's shelf-bending Commonwealth Saga (begun in 2004's Pandora's Star) comes to its breathtaking conclusion as humankind, caught between two deadly alien enemies, must finally unite or perish… In the 24th century, the human Intersolar Commonwealth -- which stretches across hundreds of planets -- is at war. The Prime, a seemingly unstoppable predatory alien race, is systematically invading and annexing Commonwealth planets. With options quickly running out, the Commonwealth Navy decides to use "doomsday" super-weapons… But an even bigger battle is being fought behind the scenes as people like Paula Myo, an intrepid Senate Security investigator, begin to uncover a highly implausible conspiracy involving the Starflyer, an enigmatic alien species with mind-control abilities that has supposedly been secretly manipulating humankind for centuries. With chaos quickly spreading through the Commonwealth, humanity's only hope is to somehow stop the Starflyer's silent assault -- but with so many humans acting as alien agents, is it even possible?
As readers have come to expect from Hamilton (The Night's Dawn trilogy, Fallen Dragon, et al.), nothing about Judas Unchained is small; this is a jaw-dropping blockbuster of a space opera filled with weighty concepts and themes (rejuvenation therapy, wormhole technology, etc.), far-flung action, and intrigue that encompasses dozens of worlds and features innumerable alien and human characters -- and enough plot twists to satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur of epic science fiction. Looking for a super-sized saga? Come and get it. Paul Goat Allen