Peter F. Hamilton’s superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar
adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with
fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are
engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes – and
he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence. His previous novel,
the acclaimed Pandora’s Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a
star-spanning civilization of the twenty-fourth century. Robust,
peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to
investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently
unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators,
striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.
The Prime are the Commonwealth’s worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.
Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than a hundred years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist – the Starflyer – has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along, and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth–agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?
Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before.
This will be humanity’s finest hour – or its last gasp.
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his wife and daughter. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. 'Night's Dawn' trilogy established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction and a major name in global science fiction writing. His ten novels have sold almost two million copies worldwide.