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Publisher's Summary

Return to the Revenger universe, for another thrilling tale set among the stars....

Quoins are accepted currency throughout the thousands of worlds of the Congregation. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the Thirteen Occupations. Only now it's becoming clear they have another purpose...as do the bankers who've been collecting them.

The Occupations themselves are another puzzle. The rise and fall of civilisation may have been unevenly spaced across history, but there is also a pattern. Could something be sparking the Occupations - or ending them? And if so, what could it be, lurking far beyond the outermost worlds of the Congregation?

The Ness sisters are being hunted for crimes they didn't commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. If they're to survive, and stay one step ahead of their pursuers - if they're to answer the questions which have plagued them - it's going to require every dirty, piratical trick in the book....

©2019 Alastair Reynolds (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A swashbuckling thriller - Pirates of the Caribbean meets Firefly - that nevertheless combines the author's trademark hard SF with effective, coming-of-age characterisation." (Guardian)

"A blindingly clever imagining of our solar system in the far flung future." (Sun)

"A rollicking adventure yarn with action, abduction, fights, properly scary hazards, very grisly torture and even ghosts of a sort." (Daily Telegraph)

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great performance

I like revenger and alastair reynolds and this continuation is pretty good. the performance elevates it, the reader is fantastic.

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Strange emphasis.

Overall I very much enjoyed this series and this book in particular. The concept of this series is figuratively incredible, except for the part of the story concerning the currency which is literally incredible.

The narrator regularly puts emphasis on the wrong word in a sentence, showing that she does not understand the meaning of the sentence and making it more difficult for the listener to follow. I am surprised that something so fundamental would not be noticed by the editor or author before this was released. The quality of the audio is very good and the voice work is otherwise excellent.

The monetary aspect of the story doesn't work. The author doesn't seem to have much understanding of the nature and origin of money, particularly in a hard money society, like Britain in the golden age of sail, which is clearly inspiration for this series.

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Third Book in the Revenger Series

Completes the story of the Ness sisters and their adventures with the Revenger. High quality story and performance.

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Damn

I wasn't expecting a kinda boring YA book from Alastair Reynolds, Good performance but couldn't keep me interested.

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Anticlimactic

I really wanted to love this book and the build up from the previous two made me think of a great epic ending as is typical in an Alastair Reynolds novel compendium.
Performance is as always fantastic, I can always visualise the characters and who is talking just by hearing the accents being spoken aloud so 5 stars there.
However I must say that the excitement and mystery of the first two books was just missing in this one. No more bauble hunts or hidden identities or intrigues. The story sort of just dragged out a long while and this really should be the crowning jewel of the authors works up until now but it seems the story just had no where to go by the end.
But I had to listen to the end because completion is a compulsive companion and was the sole driving force behind my listening to this Audio Book.

Hope you enjoy this story although i can’t really say much here or else I may spoil the story for any newcomers to the series.

If this is your first foray into Alastair Reynolds than I recommend this trilogy of the Ness sisters or that of revelation space.

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  • 06-07-2021

Almost

I love Alistair Reynolds books generally; Revelation Space particularly. This felt different somehow. The setting and premise was primed for something amazing, however never quite hit it. It was either the fact that a pirate / naval theme never quite felt plausible in the far, far future or that the characters felt shallow. The latter I think. Those girls acted like no real person would in many of the situations they found themselves in and were saved by deus ex machina more times than I care to count.

A good work by a capable writer. Maybe undone by an intrinsically flawed idea.

Edit: During my post-review shower I had time to reflect on the following... I did not regret reading this book in any way and I by no means wish to dissuade potential readers. It was a good story with some very interesting and original ideas. I'm happy I experienced it. Just, don't go in expecting exactly the same level of focus on character authenticity as RS. If you can get past that, it's quite enjoyable!

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  • JP
  • 08-02-2020

Great ending to this trilogy

I’m a big fan of Alastair Reynolds and his work - as the content of my audible plainly shows - and this was a thoroughly enjoyable romp sometime a long way into a possible future. My only disappointment was realising that there would be no fourth book.

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  • Mighty M
  • 23-02-2021

gone woke

what was all this slave bs toward the end. maybe I wasn't listening properly as my mind drifted due to the tired story,

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  • Revdave39
  • 15-02-2020

Alastair Reynolds expand our imaginations again!

I'm love this new adventure in the series . This is a new imagining for the adventures of the sisters Ness. Books 1&2 expand their universe in leaps and bounds, this one explodes it!

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  • R. Maines
  • 17-04-2020

Well if you’ve got this far..

..this book will probably not disappoint you. More adventuring with the Ness sisters. The only downside is the ending felt rushed.

Narration was good.

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  • matt hall
  • 17-09-2021

good fun, ending a little rushed

this is a nice conclusion to the revenger trilogy, although the ending felt like it was trying to cram in another book's worth of exposition into the last couple of chapters.

definitely worth it if you've enjoyed the other two.

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  • M. Kearns
  • 25-06-2021

slow and turgid

The protagonists are consistently under prepared except for a few times it is essential for the story. It rather rapidly becomes annoying. it's well wriiten just not at all a fast moving story. Great reader though

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  • david
  • 18-05-2021

interesting

interesting story. way too much chatting at times but still a good story and will continue it

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  • Patrick McGowan
  • 14-05-2021

Really disappointing.

This book started well however everything started to get a bit flat really quickly, a very lazy ending.

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  • nick rich
  • 23-03-2021

lots to like

Another good installment and excellent narration by Clare. Felt the ending could have been better as there is so much scope with the universe Alastair has created. Perhaps he'll flesh it out with later books

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  • Joachim
  • 14-05-2020

Improvement on books 1 and 2

The story took a turn for the better with Reynolds winding up the loose threads that made little sense before and made a few more

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