The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict (Gap Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Author of The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson retums with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.



Angus Thermopyle was an ore ...
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The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict (Gap Series #1)

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Overview

Author of The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson retums with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.



Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way.  Those who didn't ended up in the lockup--or dead.  But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side the regulars had to take notice.  Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer--until she met up with Thermopyle.



But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated.  Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space.  Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course.  What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over--or how devastating victory would be.  It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge--or so everyone thought.  The REAL story was something entirely different.



In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Donaldson ( The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant ) launches his new five-book series with a short futurist novel of almost no substance. The plot is presented in its entirety in the first chapter: Robin Hoodish space pirate Nick Succorso cleverly steals the beautiful female prisoner Morn Hyland from the brute space pirate Angus Thermopyle, and has him thrown in jail. The rest of the book retells the same story in more detail. But it is mightily dull detail--Donaldson imparts neither warmth or humanity to his characters; it is all but impossible to care what befalls them. Information about their backgrounds serves as mere padding; their pasts rarely bear a relationship to their current actions, which often seem rash or out-of-character. Nor does the author delve far into the technology or culture of the society in which faster-than-light travel afflicts some with irreparable brain damage. A Zone Implant can turn such a person into a zombie, to protect his shipmates, but is otherwise illegal. From high technicalities to simple human truths, Donaldson has much to develop in sequels. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307573858
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/21/2009
  • Series: Gap Series, #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 70,799
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    If you like Donaldson = read this

    I was disappointed, at first. It was so short. Then I read Donaldson's statement that it was only a novella and a start for the rest. THEN I read the rest which were based on this and which were really DONALDSON. If you loved Thomas Covenant, you do not want to miss this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Not What You Expect

    There's the dashing space hero, the beautiful damsel in distress and the Toady-looking villain. So you think you know where the story is going. But this is Stephen Donaldson, the man who brought you Thomas covenant these psychologically damaged, leper anti-hero of his fantasy series. The Real Story is the opening salvo of Donaldson's Gap series, an epic sci-fi adventure. It's an examination of character that takes you into the depths of unknown space and the politics of corporate earth. As you read the three characters each move from villain to damsel to hero in surprising ways. And like covenant, he spends pages and pages agonizingly describing the depth of the characters torment and pain. It's grand. It's satisfying. And it's as deep as it is long. It may not be for everybody but those who have found it have loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    How many times can the main character be raped?

    This books characters give you no reason to become imotionally involved in there story. Read the editors review its the most accurate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Blown away

    I first read this series in 2004, and I couldn't put them down. 8 years later this is still my go-to series if I want to cleanse my reading pallette of other written garbage. I love the characters, appreciate how raw and real their actions and circumstances are, and although the story is generally dark and brutal it still offers the hope of something positive ahead. This is definitely not for kids because it contains extreme violence, especially against women, and sexual passages. S.R.D. is brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Great story

    Well done.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Loved It!

    This is a fascinating story told from opposite points of view. While it is a sci-fi book, it is not good for kids due to the extreme violence. When done, you will want to read all books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2009

    Brutal and violent.

    The brutality of this book surprised and shocked me. Donaldson takes a simple premise and winds a ultra-violent and action packed tale around it: An unlikely couple are seen walking in to a bar together. The average patron speculates why they're together, but they don't know the "real story" until Donaldson lays it all out. The book reads more as an intro to the main characters of the series than a standalone book. As such it works. I've not encountered a more vile antagonist in a book in a LONG time. Angus Thermopyle fits the bill.<BR/><BR/>Parents and/or prudes: Be forwarned, this book isn't for kids. It's full of murder, rape, violence, and language that would make a (space) pirate blush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Donaldson releases his darker side

    I have been and remain a true fan to the Thomas Covenant series. So few can tap into the darker aspects of human nature and STILL create magic. Donaldson does just that. And with The Real Story he goes in deeper still. It has a visceral, and at times vulgar staging to it. Which is rather refreshing compared to so many other candy cane SF's out there. Allot of authors CLAIM to hit you hard, but Donaldson delivers. And it's nice to see a fullness of both weaknesses along with strengths in the main characters. He gives them a reality check which may disappoint the usual SF fan, but if you enjoy the darker aspects of human nature then you WILL enjoy The Real Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    Intro to an excellent story

    This book is merely an intro to an unbelievably intense series. If you read this, you must go on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Wish Donaldson would do more SF....

    I hated the Thomas Covenant series; I feel like it is the 2nd most overhyped SF/Fantasy series of all time... narrowly being beaten out of that honor by Card's uninspiring 'Ender's Game.' My expectations for this book were pretty low... unnecesarily so, because THIS BOOK ROCKS. I'd put this among the best SF of all time... the characters are well-developed and interesting, the aliens are, well, alien; and the action is non-stop. The Real Story is the Real Deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    I couldn't put it down!

    Amazing book.. amazing series. Very dark ..not your usual candy sci-fi. In fact I think the thing that sets this series apart from most sci fi books is that its a character driven story.. not a technology driven story.

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