The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict (Gap Series #1)

The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict (Gap Series #1)

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by Stephen R. Donaldson
     
 

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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.



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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 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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307573858
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Series:
Gap Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
70,538
File size:
2 MB

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The Real Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
1 sentence paragraphs. No logic to the story. Wasted money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done.
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Jeff Falconer More than 1 year ago
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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