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Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel #1)

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As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point. Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.
Paperback, 438 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Pan Publishing (first published 1993)
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Michael Burnam-fink
Mindstar Rising is the best cyberpunk novel you've never read. Peter F Hamilton is better known for his sprawling space operas, but in Mindstar he presents a tight thriller set in an intriguing post-global warming England coming out of a 10 year Left Totalitarian government. Greg Mandel is a private detective with little extra, a military-grade neural implant that lets him read minds, and a simple investigation into sabotage on a space station draws him into a dizzying world of corporate intrigu ...more
Tamahome
~11/14 hrs left in the audiobook. Peter F. Hamilton is kind of a potboiler scifi writer, except he's really smart. The character development is above average. Sometimes I admit to being bored by the detailed descriptions; maybe I'm just not understanding it completely. But then something really intense happens that makes it worth it. That's where I am now. No messing. Doesn't have the fantasy elements of the Night's Dawn or Void trilogies. If you don't consider mind reading and seeing the future ...more
Nikki
Mindstar Rising is a reasonably entertaining technological thriller, though I'm not going to touch the politics aspect of the speculative world Hamilton has created. The pace is okay, enough to keep you interested, and there are some characters that you get a little caught up in -- Julia, for example, and her grandfather; I felt pity for the wreck he was in, and sympathy because of the way he adored her. And Julia... I sympathised with the way she was struggling to figure out how she fit into th ...more
Anna
I have conflicting feelings about this book, therefore I will subdivide this review.

The good: I liked the setting very much. Rural Cambridgeshire afflicted by climate change, a vast marsh criss-crossed by decaying roads, with Peterborough as a resurgent port town. This is in fact the only book I’ve ever read to have a climactic scene set in Wisbech. Apart from a few little details (notably regarding data storage capacity), the world-building seems to have aged quite well. I was slightly unnerved
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Hallie
Computer's been eating partially-written reviews again. Grrr.

Would have been great if not for the politics, both material and sexual. Britain is suffering the aftermath of severe climate change, worsened (like everything else) by the appalling rule of the People's Socialist Party. But worry not, as the New Conservatives are now in power, and Event Horizon, the multi-national, mega-super-big company run by Philip Evans, with help from his brain node-enriched granddaughter, Julia. I imagine the id
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Fred Hughes
Greg Mandel can read your mind, sort of. He can tell when you're lying and depending on the question can reason out what is going on. While this was a great asset in the military, once he got out it's more of a unique skill set paid for by the government.

He is hired by a billionaire to determine who is sabotaging his earth orbit manufacturing facilities.

He soon lands in a major battle with the people who are doing the sabotage. However, as he peels away the layers in that organization it keeps p
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Wesley
The first novel by Peter F. Hamilton is smaller in scope than his later space opera epics. It is set in a Britain ravaged by global warming and suffering the after effects of a credit crunch and the downfall of a totalitarian government. Greg Mandel is an ex-Mindstar Brigade soldier who has an enhanced esp talent due to an implanted gland in his brain that can secrete neurohormones. Now a civilian, he uses his talent to help a company executive get to the bottom of an industrial espionage attack ...more
Juste
I find it quite had to review Mindstar Rising as it's a bit of a mixed bag. The book was given to me as a Birthday present so it's not something I would have usually sought out for myself and I didn't really know what to expect when I began.

What the book delivered was a bit of a jumbled mess of detective story and Sci-fi jargon. If I could I'd probably rate it 2.5 as the writing was quite shoddy but the last 5 - 6 chapters are full of barnstorming excitement.

My biggest criticism of the book (and
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Ryan
Warning ***Spoilers Ahead***

I read Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained by Hamilton first. I struggled to get through both, but kept returning because I recognized a fantastic world and it stuck with me...even when I took a year off, I could pick up right where I left off with little to no confusion at having to remember characters.

This book, was my second attempt at consuming Hamilton's sci-fi. I found the book itself structurally interesting, and I think Hamilton builds worlds in an interesting
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Mark
Mindstar Rising is Peter F Hamilton's first published novel from back in 1993 and still on of my favourites of his. I've read this novel so many times I've lost count, but with each read I still enjoy the characters and world he has created. Despite the fact that the world history and main plot details now seem dated, I still found myself enthralled in a great sci-fi detective story.

The setting of Mindstar Rising is England in the mid 21st century, specifically the areas around Rutland and Peter
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Lotte
This is the first of Peter F Hamilton’s books that I’ve read and I have to say, it wasn’t what I expected! I’ve never been into Science Fiction but after a lovely meal with Peter (including an awkward discussion about having never read his books) I decided I should give some of his work a go! I actually enjoyed it far more than I thought it would, so it just goes to show, you mustn’t judge a book by its genre!

The story is set in post-apocalyptic Britain. Global warming has hit resulting in soari
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Rob
I really enjoyed this book. Also, the audiobook narrator was fantastic.

Greg Mandel is a protagonist you can really root for. The world he lives in (post-global warming, techno-dystopian England but with a big potential hope) is a believable future that's really interesting. The enemies are communists (I miss the Cold War...).

Great pacing. Great allies. Great technology. Interesting characters. Really did a wonderful job. And the last quarter of the book is really edge-of-your-seat action. Just a
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Robert
Peter F. Hamilton's debut novel is an entertaining thriller set in a near future where global warming, a Credit Crash and far left wing totalitarianism wrecked the British economy, Scotland has become independent and Wales gets no mention at all.... England's recovery from all of this is underway but it's fragile and many are still living under the influence of gangs and corruption.
The protagonist, a war vet with medically boosted empathy and intuition, is hired by the hi-tech company leading t
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Andreas
Consisting of:

Mindstar Rising
A Quantum Murder
The Nano Flower

These three loosely connected novels share the same protagonist, Greg Mandel. He is a psychic former soldier who now works as a sort of private investigator/mercenary. Greg comes into contact with a billionaire named Julia Evans, a very interesting characted in herself.

Although they can be read as straightforward SciFi crime novels, there is much more depth here. The location, a post ecodisaster England recovering from climate change
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Laurie
I really loved this first outing with Greg Mandel, a psychic detetctive operating in a near future Earth that Hamilton has carefully crafted. The mystery aspect is very well handled with lots of twists and unexpected revelations that kept me reading far later into the night than I should. I am very drawn to the world Hamilton envisions with it's political, economic, and technological advancements, all so plausible and enticing. As with previous titles, I can recommend this one with complete conf ...more
Tim Jin
I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.

Please don't quote me, but
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SciFi Kindle
The key to my enjoying this PFH novel was to disassociate everything I’d previously read by the author in the Commonwealth Saga series. Here there are no alien threats or exotic stellar locations to explore. This story takes place in a far less optimistic, multi-point dystopian future where twin environmental and political disasters have stratified the class differences in society. The gritty tone is exemplified in the protagonist, psychic freelance mercenary Greg Mandel, a two-dimensional tough ...more
Jeffrey
A fine science fiction mystery from Hamilton with thrills, suspense and action. His main character has been an operative in the best sense of action hero --working for the Army, he has a special neurohormone that makes him a telepath. Now he has to use his military talents and his telepathy to figure out who is hunting a visionary industrialist.

All the action you could want.
Richard
After enjoying my first Peter F Hamilton book - Great North Road, i thought i would try some more out.

This book reminded me of a futuristic version of Morse or Lewis - a detective working out whodunit - with extra PSI ability. This is not a bad thing as i really enjoyed those series. This changes a little part way through the book and turns into a hunter/prey piece.

OK, some of the techno babble was a little off putting, and a couple of the scenes were a little slow. Some characters were a bit we
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Rita Monticelli
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Un romanzo che ti legge nella mente

Nell’intitolare questa recensione ho volutamente giocato con la trama del libro. “Mindstar Rising” infatti ha come protagonista un ex-militare, Greg Mandel, in cui è stata impiantata una speciale ghiandola che gli permette di percepire le emozioni delle altre persone e in un certo senso leggere la loro mente, anche se non letteralmente. Mandel è ora un detective privato che si ritrova a investigare su un intrigo di portata gl
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Annise
Having read Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy, Mindstar Rising felt the sting of being a much earlier book. While some of the gorgeous descriptions were there, characters weren't as well rounded, and frankly Greg Mandel read as a wish-fulfilment hero cliché, whom I couldn't relate to. The world building was excellent, with aspects of setting and technology well thought out and explored. Likewise, the Mindstars concept was fantastic: soldiers with a gland secreting neurohormones that give them vary ...more
Nathan
In a near future, globally warmd Britain, an ex-soldier now hired gun/private dick finds himself involved in a case of competing corporate dynasties feuding over money, power and personal vendetta. Oh yes, the protagonist has some limited psychic powers which can help him out, along with a lot of friends and and allies from the old days who are willing to assist gratis ehen he needs elite hacking, paramilitary or extra psychic backup.

This starts out with what must have been a nod to the Big Slee
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Sam Woodfield
After a slow start, where I struggled a little, this novel finally got going and I was gripped and wanting to see what happened next.
This novel is set in a world where Global warming has taken hold and although there are technological advances, most are available only to the major companies, with the rest of the population surviving with little. Greg Mandel, a created psychic and ex-forces, is called in to work for one such company when someone begins to start a smear attack which threatens to t
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.

Peter Hamilton's first novel introduces his psychic detective Greg Mandel (named of course, though rather oddly, after the monk who founded the science of genetics). It has a rich background, even though it is set only fifty years or so in the future. Global warming has changed the climate, and destroyed low lying country as the polar ice caps have melted. At the same time, an inept Socialist dictatorship has destroyed the British economy befo
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Matt Schiariti
After having read and loved Fallen Dragon I decided to start at the beginning with Mindstar Rising. I was impressed simply because his first book seemed polished to the point where it seemed he had a whole slew of books under his belt already.

Mindstar really isn't so much 'sci fi' as it is 'future fiction'. No aliens in this here novel! It's more a not too distant future thriller..

Greg Mandel is a veteran of the Mindstar program...soldiers who tested high in certain mental abilities (in Greg's c
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Forrest
I haven’t read a lot of Peter F. Hamilton’s work. He’s generally considered to be one of the better New Space Opera writers out of the U.K. I enjoyed his Void trilogy when I read them in Cannonball 3, but they didn’t really inspire me to pick up the rest of his cannon. Rather, it was my commentary on Space Operas itself that spurred me to check out both Hamilton and his contemporary, Ken MacLeod, in a little more depth; particularly their early novels, which I knew almost nothing about.

It is som
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Readelf
I really love the Greg Mandel books and would have given them 5 stars as they were particular favourites when I was a teenager, however on a re-read I find the concept of a conservative government and benevolent captalism saving the day (particularly as embodied by Julia Evans) rather galling.

The concept is great fun though. An ex-army commando acquires a useable psychic ability as part of a military experiment and then uses his ability to set himself up as a private detective. The Psi Boost (m
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Roddy Williams
‘Wise Up. It’s the 21st Century and Global Warming is here to stay.

Forget the way your country used to look. Get used to the free market, the companies have all the best hardware – they’re calling the shots now…

Live with the heat.

In a world like this a man open to any offers can make out just fine. Greg Mandel: Psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state of the art weaponry. Veteran of Gulf War II. Late of the English Army’s Mindstar Battalion.

AS the cartels battle for c
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Alex
I read "Mindstar Rising" mostly because I like Peter Hamilton books. This is his first book and for a first book it's pretty good, but it's not as smooth as his later epic novels.

In this book the main character, Greg Mandel, has a psychic gland that allows him to get a feeling when people lie to him. It's not mind-reading but if you did something wrong, a few targeted questions and Greg Mandel can guess what you are hiding.

It begins with a contract killing. I'm not sure why. It has zero to do w
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Jon
The Night's Dawn trilogy was my introduction to Hamilton, and lead me to search out his other works (loved the Void trilogy even if the ending was a bit of a cop out). I found this paperback at my favorite book recycler (Gardner's Used Books and Comics in Tulsa, OK), but then it sat on my shelf for a few years while I searched in vain for the accompanying novels (they've since been reprinted, I just haven't bothered to buy them...sheer laziness on my part, honestly). So, I finally decided I need ...more
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author.
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Other Books in the Series

Greg Mandel (3 books)
  • A Quantum Murder (Greg Mandel, #2)
  • The Nano Flower (Greg Mandel, #3)
Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga, #1) The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn, #1) Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga, #2) The Dreaming Void (Void, #1) The Evolutionary Void (Void, #3)

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