To save their civilisation he must destroy it. When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.
With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there's any truth to the visions they've received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?
But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn't even know existed, he finds so much more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they've been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure - that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death - they are by far the greatest threat to humanity's continued existence on this planet.
But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he'd never hoped to find - the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it...
©2014 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
I enjoyed this book, much like Hamilton's other books. I would recommend reading the Commonwealth Saga and Void series before this one, although it might not be essential. This book is more of the same, except with less of the "converging storylines" that the previous books utilized (get comfortable listening to the same character's perspective for much of the book).
Love the narration, in line with the other series.
Wonderfully narrated, unfortunately the bulk of the book focuses on non space faring characters involved in planning a planetary revolution, with too little attention to space opera or previous characters in the Commonwealth Universe for which Peter Hamilton & this series is known. Enjoyed far less than the previous books in the series.
One of my most favourite authors with a new book that is great, performed well with enough feeling to give the characters life, loved it
Great book, great story, great narrator - its just great! If you dont like a long streichers story this might not be for you, But if you do, try it! Commonwealth saga is absolutely great too if u get hooked like i have !
I've read some comments that compared Peter F Hamilton with Asimov and I am a huge fan of Asimov). I would say Peter Hamilton's books have a richer content, more action and stories teaming with liveliness and inovațive detail (understandable given the time distance they wrote their books). Whole new worlds recreated in excepțional detail yet perceivable by the reader.
I fully recomend the Commonwealth series and the alternative void series ( the original void and this new one).
"Good Void alternative story"
I would recommend it to people who allready read the Void series.
I thought he he did a great job. I don't understand the problems other people have with him.
Someone said it's the same old story reinterpreted. He's right. It even has a chase in the final. Yes. It involves trains.
But in the end, if you are looking for an answer to the question: "Should I buy it?", then I say YES if you enjoyed Peter F. Hamilton's books before and only if you read the Void series. Otherwise you may find yourself lost in this small story from a big Univers.
"Immersed in the void."
I love this series of books and have listened to all the others available and was delighted to see another arrive. This one is slightly different in that almost all of the story is within the void - no trips out to the commonwealth really aside from the start. The start of the story we see some of the familiar faces from the series, then this story introduces a whole new set of characters to get to know, aside from one, a favourite of mine - who plays a key role in the void. Personally I would be distraught to hear anyone but John Lee read these books now having invested so many hours with him I find him very easy to listen to. I can imagine at least another book in the series after this one. If you haven't listened to or read the others I would strongly advise you do, really needs all the background to make sense and it is a superb series of books. The story in general did bear a passing resemblance to the story of Edeard - which is not a problem for me, was just delighted to be back in the Void :)
"Return to the Void with a fresh twist"
I enjoyed the Void Trilogy and was worried that this book would feel second rate, as if often the case with prequels. I was wrong as this book is a stand alone great addition to the Void Trilogy. I am only disappointed that I will have to wait for the next one to be released.
"Ever wonder how Marx would have dealt with aliens?"
PFH's writing and storytelling just keep getting better as the decades pass, and with this novel he's being more adventurous with the construction of the narrative too. It's a wonderful mix of hard SF and political fantasy, with a dollop of Ankh Morpork and Marxist revolution in too. Thoroughly enjoyed, as expected, and brilliantly narrated.
"More of the same, but who cares?!"
Another story from the Void with many similarities to the last Void series, but who cares, it's great stuff. Hamilton is hitting his peak as a story-teller with more character development, more plotting and less pure technical detail (but plenty enough for those that love it). The only problem is after devouring it in the week since its release I now have to wait ages for the next one to get some resolution.
The usual excellent narration from John Lee, with my only minor gripe being the slightly arbitrary use of regional accents to discern different characters leads to me wondering why an ANA droid would sound like Sean Connery, and two people from the same city would sound respectively Scottish and Cornish.
It is another excellently structure and read story. It kept me wanting more right upto the last sentence, disappointed that it came to an end,
Complex but easily followed plots with excellent detail
The whole book was enjoyable.
I hope Peter has another in the series lined up.
"Another great story from a master storyteller"
I have been a fan of Peter F Hamilton for a long time and the latest book is a great addition to my library.
Set in the same universe as the previous Abyss series, The Abyss Beyond Dreams is the first of a great new story. Great characters, great plot and John Lee as the narrator.
Look forward to the next book being released.
Maybe it's just me, but I find John Lee's narrations to be so flat, monotone and lifeless. I think I'd prefer to listen to Stephen Hawkins narrate this book. Having said this, if you're a sci-fi fan, the book is worth sticking with. After 12 hours I managed to ignore the voice and enjoyed the listen!
"Best book of the series"
Extremely well read and a very involving storyline
The story has many memorable sections, very well combined.
John Lee has a great repertoire of accents and intonations bringing characters to life, just wouldn't be the same without him.
Oh yes...i am fulfilled.....read the series then you will understand.
I need more Mr Hamilton...please :)
"A welcome return to the void"
Having really enjoyed the Void and Commonwealth books i was really excited to see another trip in to the void was on the cards and honestly i wasn't disappointed. John Lees delivery was as flawless as ever and he is the voice of the commonwealth.
If you enjoy Peter F Hamiltons work you will really like this one, thanks and lets have part two soon !
"It starts slow but well worth it!"
I have to admit that the story started too slow for me but I'm glad I persevered over the first 2 hours ... Afterwards it was a fantastic ride and you think you know what's coming next but you will be wrong!
Absolutely loved how apparent distinct story lines intertwined giving new insights into events from previous chapters.
Kudos also to the narrator for doing a superb job setting the tone for each character and keeping it consistent throughout the entire book.
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