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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the thrilling science-fiction epic Children of Time, winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award.

They thought we were safe. They were wrong.

Lee and Mal went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor four years ago, and only Lee came back. She thought she’d lost Mal forever, now miraculously returned. But what happened that day on the moors? And where has Mal been all this time? Mal's reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by MI5 either, and their officers also have questions. 

Julian Sabreur is investigating an attack on top physicist Kay Amal Khan. This leads Julian to clash with agents of an unknown power – and they may or may not be human. His only clue is grainy footage, showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Dr Khan’s research was theoretical; then she found cracks between our world and parallel Earths. Now these cracks are widening, revealing extraordinary creatures. And as the doors come crashing open, anything could come through.

Adrian Tchaikovsky brought us far-future adventure with Children of Time. Now The Doors of Eden takes us from Bodmin Moor to London and alternate versions of earth. This is an extraordinary feat of the imagination and an unstoppable adventure.

©2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Inventive, funny and engrossing, this book lingers long after you close it." (Tade Thompson, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Rosewater)

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Brilliant book

I have no idea why a bunch of bigoted idiots have decided to review this book, but it's brilliant. Loved the characters, even the bad ones. The storyline was fascinating with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. I love the narration too, she is brilliant and was familiar as she'd read other books by the author.

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  • rain-alari külm
  • 10-05-2021

real pure garbage!

didn't finish, I have been listening to it for almost 2 weeks and oh boy what a drag it has been!!! It was super disappointing! Not my first Tchaikovsky book and I don't know who wrote this! It's a pile of popular tropes thrown in one garbage bin and fired up to dumpster fire! I have no words, just butt-stupid characters, All the baddies were some weird racist mix of "ex-military specialists" who were shit at violence and planning. It felt like a woke YA book with some random plot and Tchaikovsky's name added to cover!

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  • Johari
  • 21-08-2020

Super-woke Brexit allegory

The easiest way to summarize this book is: Straight White Men are bad & Brown LGBT people are our saviours.

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  • Barrymx5
  • 22-10-2020

I gave up after Ch3

Disappointing because Cage of Souls was quite good. This story line was just too woke. Ch 1 with its inter racial teenage lesbians left me confused. Chapter 2 with the Security Service siding with Pakistanis against “white extremists “ was odd. And as for the interludes between each chapter ...
Not for me thanks.

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  • Gerard the dog
  • 03-09-2020

Weirdly awful

Another example of a book from an author who's previous books you have loved for the sheer quality only to find that this one is so bad in every respect that you don't believe it's the same author at all, or an old unpublished book dusted off or tarted up. Plus it had the wrong narrator, dull and hugely unimaginative. I think his wife or child wrote it.

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  • Mrs.Mary E.Torney
  • 02-09-2020

Disappointing for a great idea

If l e Modessit Jnr had written this story or had it been narrated by William de Vries it would have been better. I don’t know if it was the writing - though I have enjoyed this author in the past - or the cartoonish narration but I slowly lost the will to live and began to hope that one of the ‘cousins’ would eat a protagonist just to see what would happen! I am somewhat annoyed also by the casual introduction of a trans character and a lesbian couple but no real in depth understanding shown about these characters. Uncomfortable feeling of tokenism? Or is that just me? I gave up with three hours to go and returned it. Perhaps a narrator who could express some emotion might have helped. Sorry.

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  • Mondaymorning
  • 21-08-2020

Great modern sc-fi

Adrian has done it again, another great novel and it great to see new ideas explored.

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  • Michael McCormick
  • 18-01-2021

Great

I have read / listened to several or Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books now and this was probably the best. The interludes of alternative timelines and the different paths of evolution were themselves worthy the listen, but there was also a decent story stringing the whole thing together. The performance was also great; the accents were decent and didn’t make me cringe. Buy it.

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  • Malc
  • 09-01-2021

Beautiful parable - highly recommended

I loved this book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this is not the monsters on the moor adventure you might expect from the description on Audible. It is a beautiful story, complex yet engagingly told, and excellently narrated. At the time of listening I felt like I could do with something uplifting at a difficult time for the world. I expected the book to be good. What I didn’t expect was it to be such an uplifting, joyful parable showing what we might achieve if we could learn to get along with those who seem different to ourselves.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-12-2020

Adrian Tchaikovsky strikes again

Having discovered Tchaikovsky through his Children of Time novels, I wasn't sure if I could enjoy a different story of his as much. Turns out I can. I did at times find it difficult to pick up and put down in terms of listening as it was easy to lose your place in the timelines - this is suited to long periods of listening instead of short bursts, if , like me you forget where you are in the story! But I really enjoyed the narrator and dramatisation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2020

Another awesome book by Mr T

Plenty of books have the parallel universe thing going, but this is a different beast. Mr Tchaikovsky is an irritatingly good writer. As fun a story as anything else he’s written.

Performance is spot on. So many books are spoiled by utter crap narration. But Sophie does an amazing job, and can turn even a mediocre storyline into something worth listening to.

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  • John Robertson
  • 27-12-2020

a bit preachy but Adrian is a great writer

huge fan of Adrian Tchaikovskys early work but this felt slightly pandering and lacking the wow factor of children of time

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