Fallen Dragon

Fallen Dragon

by Peter F. Hamilton

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Overview

Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation. When his platoon is sent to a distant colony to quell a local resistance effort, it seems like a stroke of amazing fortune, and Lawrence plans to rob the colony of their fabled gemstone, the Fallen Dragon, to get the money he needs. However, he soon discovers that the Fallen Dragon is not a gemstone at all, but an alien life form that the local colonists have been protecting since it crashed in their area. Now, Lawrence has to decide if he will steal the alien to exploit the use of its inherent biotechnical processes — which far exceed anything humans are capable of — or if he will help the Resistance get the alien home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316021838
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Pages: 825
Sales rank: 511,118
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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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Fallen Dragon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Nobody does space opera of the quality of Peter F Hamilton. Solid characters, complex but logical plots, excellent and inventive technology. He does fantastic fantasy, too, but not in this novel. Some readers complain of the complexity and numerous characters and interwoven plots. That's why I love his stuff. I read for entertainment, not speed. The Nook gives the ability to quickly look up characters who might not have appeared for a few chapters so you can remind yourself of their role, should you forget or get confused. No big deal. Just slow down and enjoy the ride. The biggest problem I have with PFH's books is that I've read nearly all of them. Anyway, Fallen Dragon is a very enjoyable coming of age story (as was Star Wars...) written for adults, though teens could also enjoy it if they have the vocabulary. Hamilton doesn't dumb it down. Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Interesting characters
MyOpinion More than 1 year ago
The story was pretty complex with some very interesting technology. I would have given this another star if the writer had made it more obvious when it went into a flashback. I was confused in the first third of the book because the timelines just didn't seem right. Call me simple, but I read SF for entertainment, and I don't want to have to over analyze a story just to follow it. That said, the story is captivating and exciting in places. If you are reading this and decide to read the book, then spend a little extra time at the beginning of each chapter to figure out when it belongs. They are not in chronological order. It will be more enjoyable.
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