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Publisher's Summary

Miguel de Ruyter is a man with a past.

Fleeing the 'wolves' - the xenocidal alien machines known as Inhibitors - he has protected his family and community from attack for 40 years, sheltering in the caves of an airless, battered world called Michaelmas. The slightest hint of human activity could draw the wolves to their home, to destroy everything...utterly. Which is how Miguel finds himself on a one-way mission with his own destructive mandate: to eliminate a passing ship, before it can bring unwanted attention down on them.

Only something goes wrong.

There's a lone survivor.

And she knows far more about Miguel than she's letting on....

Ranging from the depths of space to the deeps of Pattern Juggler waters, from nervous, isolated communities to the ruins of empire, this is a stealthy space opera from an author at the top of his game.

©2021 Alastair Reynolds (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Alistair Reynolds is the master!

The end of Ch7 seems to have been cut short a few pages and at least a couple of the chapters are misaligned or mislabelled (I'm sure the publishers will sort those small bugs out. I'm probably one of the first people to listen to this novel). Aside from that, as brilliant as anyone would expect an Alistair Reynolds book to be....they are
all masterpieces.

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Very Dry

This is my second Alastair Reynolds book - the first was an actual book, the second and audiobook.
It’s got some great ideas and content but somehow the scenes that should be full of tension and excitement are left dry and matter of fact which makes for a text-book listening experience. I might suggest that it’s the delivery by John Lee, but the hard copy book I’ve read was the same. It meant that the story dragged and I was just keen for it to be over.

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Terrible narration

I did not like this narrator’s delivery - the weirdly accented cadence of his voice made it almost impossible for me to engage with the story. I am a huge fan of Reynolds and own most of his books to date. This was a huge disappointment.

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Good but not in the same league as previous books.

The previous books in revelation space were amazing, so I was excited for this, and perhaps that's why I'm a little disappointed. The story started strong, but became tedious at times, even a little boring. There just didn't seem to be any mystery. The middle part was basically a fantasy quest for some magic stones with a bunch of flat characters, and I couldn't get invested in the plot. I was hoping for some exploration of the wolves, but there was none. I might have to come back to this book and give it a second chance.

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Alastair Reynolds at the top of his game

An amazing story with a poignant ending. So good to revisit certain characters from the Revelation Space universe.

A must-read for any fan.

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  • Ólafur
  • 27-08-2021

fixed

there a missing section at the end of chapter 6 please fix this as soon as possible. it seems to have been fixed, will update if i find any other problems

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  • Thomas
  • 31-08-2021

Fantastic return to Revelation Space

Hyperpigs, Pattern Jugglers, and Nest Builders, whats not to like. I loved it. Thanks :)

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  • Erlend
  • 03-09-2021

not the complete book!

Chapter six of the book (named Chapter seven in the app) cuts off mid sentence.

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  • RobertS
  • 13-10-2021

Not the best of Reynolds

It is a strong work of science fiction. But:

- Too much dying and too much acceptance of death

- Unnecessarily lengthy dialogues, sometimes badly written

- Some Ill-intentioned social commentary (e.g on “muskies”)

- Some unintentionally annoying characters (e.g Pinky)

- A rather predictable plot






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  • Blaz
  • 07-10-2021

Too much magic

The characters in Inhibitor Phase are demigod like and basically without flaws that would hinder them acting good. The technologies are all powerful, solving way too many plot points, to the point it really doesn't matter what happens, cause there is an implement that will negate it.

Now this still is a Revelation space novel, and I love the setting, and it has good parts.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-09-2021

More soap opera than space opera

I am usually a big fan of Alastair Reynolds but this book was a big let down. Tedious long goodbyes, am dram reunions (I lost count of the number of 'amazing' returns to life) and protracted naval gazing eclipsed the limited story.
A significant section featuring the Swine Queen seemed very similar to the vastly superior Consider Phelbas by Iain M Banks.
The techincal production is also faulty with a section missing in chapter 6.
Weak stuff

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  • A.
  • 02-09-2021

Reynolds and Lee in fine form

It’s a fine novel if you’re familiar with and a fan of Reynolds’ former works in the Revelation Space universe. Far from his best work, but I’m a fanboy and can’t be helped.

Speaking of familiarity: “Conch” is pronounced “conk” throughout the entire story. That should have been picked up at some point.

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  • Simon. M
  • 28-08-2021

The sublime Reynolds and Lee do it again!

After two weeks of waiting, Audible has now fixed the problem with chapter 6.

So, it is now a genuine delight to return to Reynold's wonderful Revelation Space, guided by the superb narration on John Lee. The audiobook is like welcoming back an old friend who has new and entrancing stories of their travels.

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  • OldSynner
  • 30-08-2021

Missing text

These marks are not a reflection on the writing, or the splendid reading, but on the fact that large sections of the novel are missing from the audiobook. This is not good enough, Audible.
It is worth mentioning that the fist gap causes a significant plot spoiler. It is one that seasoned readers of the RS series might have expected, given some guarded comments in the story (and for that matter the blurb). But the details were for the author and narrator to reveal ... not to be dumped on the reader by an error.

A week later: has this been fixed? Are Audible going to let us know how to proceed?
Two weeks on and still no comment from a company that clearly regards its customers with disdain.
Audible have fixed the problem, but they still need to work on their communication skills.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2021

Editing has now been fixed I think

The missing part in chapter 6/7 has been fixed I think! I'm sure I will enjoy listening

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  • Alun Lewis
  • 01-09-2021

Missing Audio

So Audible’s response to me requesting the missing part of Chapter 6 is to refund me a credit and delete the book, they really don’t get it, re purchased straightaway

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  • Skelly
  • 08-09-2021

It's... OK...

The missing section problems have already been covered, and have not influence my ratings. Sort yourselves out please, Amazon QC.

This is a fairly decent sequel to the Revelation Space series, but it's overly long and doesn't posses the sheer originality of the others. Super-tech is interspersed with the usual Grand Guignol scenes, but the magic (redacted because spoilers) are pushing it a little as a plot device. Some of the characters from the original series return and spend a great deal of time towards the end explaining how they wub and wespect each other very, very much. This gets to be a little tedious after a while.

I'm not John Lee's biggest fan, but he does a creditable job and is better than some narrators I won't mention. His female voices are hilariously bad, but he does a good grumpy hyperpig so I can live with the former. Just edges four stars.

All in all, it was an entertaining listen but only scores three stars. Will I buy the next one? Of course I will.

If you're new to Revelation Space do not start here! The story does stand on its own but you'd be much better off beginning at the five star beginning.

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  • Christopher Tierney
  • 04-09-2021

A full-fat no holds barred dive into RS

This is no side story, no digression, if you want to know what happens after Absolution Gap then dive right in and hold on to your butt, it's going to get very, very Alastair Reynolds. A superb, essential addition to the RS universe 👏

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  • Freddy
  • 09-10-2021

A good space opera romp

As always, John Lee's narration is excellent for this sort of space opera. A very fun romp, but somewhat lacking in depth at points. Some very poignant returns to scenes of past books (particularly if you've read The Prefect). There were a few points where Reynolds resorted to explaining how we should feel, rather than writing a scene that made us feel that way. Overall, a grandly set scene and fun, but not quite the brutality and scale of previous works.

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  • Revdave39
  • 08-09-2021

The Saga continues and Humanity persists

Great book in the long line of the Revelation but with some.of the previous intensity lacking, and the persuasive storytelling meandering wordily but without substance and finally, disappointingly, fading out.
It could be the beginning of a great continuance in the saga, or perhaps time to finally say 'goodbye' and move on into a new creation.
I look forward to new pastures...... and perhaps reading the section of chapter six that was somehow left out of this recording !!! GET IT SORTED AUDIBLE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2021

So many questions

After the absolution gap, I've struggled to get back to this series. So many questions unanswered, so many great characters killed off camera. But I'm glad I've read inhibitor phase, great book from a great author.

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  • Peter
  • 25-11-2021

As good as Revelation Space... possibly better!

I have been in love with the Revelation Space universe and all the novels for many years. Inhibitor Phase is a welcome return to that setting and I love it just as much as I did the original trilogy. I also like how it acts as a standalone novel, with the details of the previous novels scattered as easter eggs for those in the know. John Lee is the best narrator and brings Reynolds' characters alive. If you enjoyed Revelation Space please read this.

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