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The Neutronium Alchemist (Night's Dawn Series #2)
     

The Neutronium Alchemist (Night's Dawn Series #2)

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by Peter F. Hamilton
 

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The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world.


On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces

Overview

The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world.


On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously over-stretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night.


In such desperate times the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr. Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist — so she can complete her thirty-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated.


But he's not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to use the ultimate doomsday device.


THE NEUTRONIUM ALCHEMIST is the second novel in the Night's Dawn Trilogy, an extraordinary feat of storytelling on a truly epic scale.

Editorial Reviews

Locus
This series is taking on one of SF's (and maybe all of literature's) primal jobs: the creation of a world with the scale and complexity of the real one.
VOYA - Marsha Valance
Hamilton's two volumes provide a painful example of the traditional space opera. Together, this 1,162-page work features undead souls "possessing" the bodies of the living, an escaped scientist with a superweapon (the neutronium alchemist) bent on revenge for her planet's genocide, and mechanically augmented pragmatists allying with genetically engineered philosophers to save the Confederation--and the universe. If better written, the entire work would call to mind the star-smashing world-building of another Hamilton (Edmund, who delighted readers in SF's golden age). Instead, readers encounter cardboard characters--including an arrogant sentient habitant in conflict with his possessed, revengeful grandson; two naive young noblewomen rescued by the spirit of Fletcher Christian possessing another's body; a sensation-seeking rock star who allies with the spirit of Al Capone (possessing another body) to conquer the universe; and many others--all of whose dialogue could be lifted from a 1930s pulp magazine or a Harlequin novel. The breakneck pace and frequent scene changes could appeal to young military SF fans, but since the writing and plot are on the level of a 1930s Flash Gordon serial, there are many other authors whose purchase would be preferable in these days of limited budgets--for example, Lois M. Bujold, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, or S. M. Stirling. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: The Neotronium Alchemist Part 1: Consolidation and Part 2: Conflict. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316021814
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Series:
Night's Dawn Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1168
Sales rank:
182,797
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.36(h) x 1.97(d)

Meet the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife and two children.

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The Neutronium Alchemist: Part 1: Consolidation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Dan42 More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Hamilton's books. This series is excellent hard scifi. The plot is complex and very involved. Just when you think things are going to go a certain way a whole new plot twist takes you off in a new direction. This is a very hard book to put down. The length may be intimidating to some readers but this is no russian novel, droning on about some boring subject before giving you another snippet of plot. This is actually a fairly fast paced book with many simultaneous plots intertwining around and through one another. The characters are both believable and interesting. While there is a fair amount of science the story is built on, there isn't so much and such depth as to make it hard to understand. Its like warp drive in Star Trek, it just works. At the same time it isn't simplified to the point of insult to the readers intelligence. While the book does stand on its own the series is more than worthwhile in acquiring and reading. This will make a welcome addition to your permanent library and is destined to become a classic of hard core science fiction.
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