Judas Unchained

Judas Unchained

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Peter F. Hamilton's superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes-and he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence. His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the twenty-fourth century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.

The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.

Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than a hundred years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist-the Starflyer-has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along, and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth-agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?

Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before.

This will be humanity's finest hour-or its last gasp.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345461674
9780345461667
0345461665
Branch Call Number: HAM
Characteristics: xi, 827 p.

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mvkramer Mar 10, 2015

This volume started off well, with some great action sequences and plot advancement from volume one, and then fizzled out and disappointed me in many ways. I will not be reading more by Hamilton.

Derek Gau Mar 10, 2012

Hamilton has a lot of original scifi ideas and concepts, which made me want to continue the Commonwealth series. Here he continues to juggle a lot of characters and plot lines, but the dialog is tedious and overbearing at times, and doesn't really advance the novel, except to slow it down. This novel felt like it should have been completed in 300 pages, not 827.

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