Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Title: Mindstar Rising
‘Its the 21st century and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they’re calling the shots now.’
It took me a while to get into this. The first section of the book, setting up Greg Mandel as a character and slowly revealing his skills was a little bit slow for me. However, once I got past the hump of his first assignment, Hamilton tossed me right in at the deep end of his world and slowly revealed how to get through it piece by piece.
I loved this book!
Its one of the ones I picked up from Alt Fiction and I do believe it was the one in my goodie bag. Mindstar Rising is the first of the series featuring Greg Mandel and I’m definitely going to be giving him more attention.
I’ve not read much SciFi before, its not really my thing, but part of what helped is that Hamilton is from Leicestershire. He lives near Rutland now, and so all of the places he talked about are either right on top of wear I live or just up the road. It makes it so close. And because the world that the story is set in is not actually a completely impossible look at the future (come on, with global warming the way it is, who is to say that we won’t completely loose loose the ice caps?) it was very easy to put yourself there.
The story is deep and involved; starting on the surface and then quickly diving down, down through the murky depths of a man who has the ability to read emotions, brain signatures and thoughts (to some degree) to the point that he is considered psychic. All from the enhancement of a gland in his brain which allows him to secrete a hormone to help him out.
He is investigating the mercenary sabotage of a multi-billion pound (new sterling) company and the subsequent attempted murder of is owner. Investigative SciFi all rolled up into one.
The action is fast and exquisitely written, the characters are well rounded and built well enough that I did find myself caring about each and every one. Hell even the villains! The story itself is clean and tight. To coin a phrase, a real page turner. I dare you to put it down once you’ve started. I dare you!