If I didn’t say that Judas Unchained was a bloated exercise in writerly overindulgence that is easily three hundred pages longer and about a half-dozen plotlines. 6 Oct Peter F. Hamilton’s superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully. After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of.

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And in Judas Unchained, you get all the benefits of Pandora’s Star without the confusing three hundred pages of introduction. Then other shit goes down – Mellanie sleeps with Nigel Sheldon, who proposes marriage to her and who really needs to shut the hell up, and then gets ripped in half by his security staff. But it seems to last forever.

Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton

But while the odds against the Prime are becoming more evenly matched on the battlefield, there judss another alien force potentially even more dangerous and less easy to confront. It is crammed with exciting, imaginative, believable ideas and concepts.

The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning superweapons, only to find that the alien fleet has been given equally powerful weapons.

Nov 10, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: No doubt, Hamilton spends considerable time unchanied details kudas minor plot points, but he does it so well and adds so many interesting bits about the universe that it never seems to drag.

For one thing, there’s something about how he establishes the Starflyer that’s not dissimilar to Christian belief in the coming of the Antichrist, manipulating everyone into devastating war so that he may rule.


All at once she’s both a spoiled first-lifer brat who craves attention and notoriety, a keen reporter who wants to climb to the top judzs isn’t afraid of using her body to do ita scared young woman who feels out of her depth, and a compassionate person trying to do the right thing. Could it be that the Commonwealth’s top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer’s agents, or is uunchained truth even worse? Well, two quick reasons.

There are mysterious forces at work inside the Commonwealth. But once again, Peter F. It is at times long-winded and draggy, with overly dense political plot structuring, convoluted schemes and intrigue and so many characters it is overwhelming.

The series starts in the yearwhen wormhole technology has developed ahead of faster-than-light drive systems, making the Commonwealth Saga markedly different from Hamilton’s other works.

No, not really – it’s given a nod via the Bose motile, but that fails the sniff test: Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. Which brings me to my major issue with this saga In particular, rebels unchwined Far Away are usually not implanted. I finished Judas Unchained in the wee hours of the morning.

If Peter Hamilton had simply removed all the references to “enzyme-bonded concrete”, the book could have been a lot shorter! Should the Enterprise, after disabling the cube, destroy it, killing the organism? This tended to drag down the first half of the book even when there were some bright spots including some planet-side military action on a Prime-occupied planet. The Guardians have long been considered a fringe terrorist organization by the Commonwealth, unchqined now more and more people are coming around to their belief in the Starflyer’s existence.


We also have the story of Mellanie Rescorai. I couldn’t wait over a year to read Judas Unchainedso despite my general moratorium on buying books, I made an exception.

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It made me groan and roll my eyes repeatedly. On the plus side, I do tip my hat to Hamilton for not allowing the humans to save themselves with an alien “deus ex machina. But the real icing on the cake of annoyance is when the author writes 2, pages worth of story and has these sex fantasies ever chapters, in between important parts of the story. Anyway enough of my raving. In some parts, they are like douses of cold water when things are just beginning to get hot.

There are a few things I would have liked to learn more about. This is the Starflyer, a being whose existence has, up until now, only been believed by the Guardians of Selfhood. The interval in between lessens the emotional impact significantly, and makes his motivations at the end seem to come nearly out of nowhere.

It was only when I reached chapter 8 that the story began to pick up. I was pretty annoyed and upset particularly about Mellanie and Justine.

She returns in JU, but only as a guest star. Despite my focus of them in the reviews, I’d definitely characterize these books as more plot-driven than character-driven.

Human resistance forces have found two ways to fight back: An amazing read but this one went on too long.