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Great North Road

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  7,859 ratings  ·  884 reviews
A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family—composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors hav ...more
Hardcover, 976 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Del Rey (first published July 1st 2012)
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Micah Sisk In the front of the eBook version, just after the timeline, there is a section called The 2143 St. Libra Northern Geogenetic Expedition which lists…moreIn the front of the eBook version, just after the timeline, there is a section called The 2143 St. Libra Northern Geogenetic Expedition which lists all the's not quite a full dramatis personæ but it includes a list of the Newcastle police force, some of the Norths, plus Saul Howard (who isn't part of the expedition or the police force)...but not all the Norths.(less)
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mark monday
imagine a 13-year-old boy genius. he loves science fiction, he loves world-building, he loves physics and biology and all the sciences. he also loves his family and he definitely loves girls. he loves binge-watching exciting tv shows. he's open-minded and appreciates diversity. overall this is a great kid and I'd be happy to know him. now imagine if this boy genius were to write a book. what would it be full of?

it would be full of GEE WHIZ EXCITEMENT of course! and spaceships! and alien threats!
1087 pages !! - UK arc edition

Only a few points for now with a more detailed review later:

I finished Great North Road by Peter Hamilton and on the whole I am a little mixed; addictive but very self-indulgent, a new universe and a somewhat fresh take on the author's usual themes (long life, the rich, sense of wonder, detailed world building, alien aliens...) but also a lot of repetitions...

This is truly a book that should have been slimmed down considerably and could have easily done with much le
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Some of my reviews are firmly on-topic, but others tend to waffle and wander. I’m a firm believer that a readers opinion o

Peter F. Hamilton writes large. He writes 1000 page behemoths of narrative. And he writes with ideas that are space and time spanning, far beyond the usual windows of ordinary lives. And his words are imbued with the power of ideas and concepts far above today's water cooler subjects. Yet, despite the immense dimensions of his imagination, he keeps it all within reach, grounded on human sensibilities, maintaining a keen sense of the grand human drama.

So in this decidedly large book, Hamilton mi

Colin Taylor
This is the weakest Hamilton book so far, with a distinctly formulaic, borderline lazy feel to it. There were, of course, some nice future technologies laid out, and the heroine, Angela, was a strong and well realised character. Beyond that I was left feeling short changed. I was also left shouting at my kindle towards the end of the book when Hamilton even referred to an 'azure sky'; come on.
That. Was brilliant.

It took me three weeks to read this nearly 1000 page monster of a book. Normally that would seem like a long time on one book, but not here. A busy schedule kept me from devoting large chunks of time to it, but that was okay. I was able to savor it.

I'd never read Hamilton before, and now I'm a fan. It's rare for a book this size to churn along without boring parts, but this had very few of those. Part mystery, action-adventure, police procedural, epic scale space opera, and

Screw Americans.

12/30/12 -

Come on B&N, I know you have the book in the back. Just give it to me.

And I know you have it too Audible. I can see it on your site when I'm not signed in.

pg 26/948 (32h) - All the high quality tech, thought out world, and characters are there, plus it's a bit more timely. I hope I can finish it. There's quite a map, Time Line, and character list in the front of the book.

Here's the first page of the Time Line:

pg 70/948 - I'm
Tom Merritt
It only took a little more than 9 months to read. And I teared up in the end. Good book.
4.5 Stars

I am giving this truly massive read nearly perfect marks as I had so much fun reading this book for such a very long time. Like all Peter Hamilton books he writes, writes some more, and just for good measure, he writes even more. I have come to expect that from him. I appreciate his skill at maintaining such large stories. I even don’t really want his books to end. Could they benefit from editing? I am sure that they would. Would he have a larger audience if his books weren’t so intimid
Peter Johnston
Things I learnt from this book:

1. Rich sociopaths are awesome and we should let them do what they want because they are much better at governance and science than faceless bureaucrats.

2. Long expeditions into boring jungle are boring.

3. 1000 pages requires more than two major plots and one minor.

4. Approximately 600 pages of this book could have been removed without affecting the plot.

5. There's no happy ending too pat that can't be used in a welded on ending.
Christopher H.
In reading Peter F. Hamilton's Great North Road I certainly stepped out of my reading 'box', but then I've been doing that a lot over the past few years. This massive tome--nearly 1,000 pages--is a rock-solid and riveting example of the sub-genre of science fiction known as 'space opera', and I have to say that I enjoyed every moment reading this book. I had never read anything by Hamilton before, but I am quite sure that I'll be looking at some of his other fiction in the near future.

Simply put
Apr 19, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of author, story type
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Speculative Fiction/Crime Thriller/Murder Mystery/Science Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Peter F. Hamilton, those who enjoy an epic story, science fiction/speculative fiction
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture (mostly by drugs, but some physical)
Animal Abuse: people flee and leave behind their cats to fend for themselves, leading to the cats freezing to death

This is a fairly long review, but then again, it's a really long book. The important stuff is in “My T
A decent story muddled with far too much technobabble. The story drives itself along well but it seems like once one of the subplots gets intense or interesting it will take a long vacation while the book switches to a subplot. This leads to a constant ramp up then slow release of tension and it gets kind of frustrating. Most of the characters stay very flat and undynamic until they suddenly snap into a new role without much reason to do so. The "twists" if you can call them that are also way to ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton begins as a murder mystery set in the future and soon becomes much more. It is 2143 and a member of the very wealthy and very cloned North family turns up dead in the river at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in northeast England. Police detective Sidney Hurst is on the case with a crew of help from the police as well as other very powerful people. It is apparent that the murder may be related to another murder in the North family from twenty years ago on the planet St. ...more
I like my scifi optimistic not dystopic and Hamilton's work always fits the bill. This isn't one of his absolute bests in my opinion: the setting is too close to today for my taste, and the tech a little too similar to the Commonwealth Universe but without the flair of Ozzie and Nigel. Having said that it is still an excellent read and I enjoyed the detective story wrapping the more traditional sci-fi elements, but then I never object to having too many pages in a novel ( I wouldn't recommend th ...more
I'm not sure why I keep reading Hamilton's books. There's a nugget of excitement lurking in them, but in this case it's pretty hard to find.

The book could have easily been cut down to half its size without loss. Like many of his books, it's full of pointless detail. He seems to have an interest in buying property and property development, which we are treated to the details of. We also get endless descriptions of some crazy arcane police procedure. It is only near the end of the book where there
Aleksandra Royzen
I'd like to start by stating that I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. His Pandora's Star and Night Dawn Trilogy is hands down my favorite space operas. Hence, I'm a bit biased when it comes to this book. I knew I'm going to like it even before I started reading it. However, even I was surprised how different this book is from anything else I read by Hamilton. Great North Road reads like a true mystery novel even though it takes place over a hundred years into the future. It's really nothing mor ...more
After the short-in-comparison Manhattan in Reverse collection of stories, here we have a standalone that is one of his longer works.

Set in 2142, the story begins as a future police procedural with the murder of a clone in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from one of ‘The North’ one of the most influential Families in a city seen as a central transgalactic network Hub (the fifth biggest city in Britain).

As the investigation develops, it becomes clear that the body is one in a similar state to one discovered o
Juliane Kunzendorf
This was fun! I think I like this Hamilton book better than Pandora's Star/ Judas Unchained mainly because of a more reasonable length (treating the two other books as one) and also the amount of characters that got introduced during the whole book was far more manageable and attaching than in the other.
A great murder-mystery meets science fiction with its best: smart cells, cloning and rejuvenation...just what I like.
It's complex and the characters are interesting. The only thing that makes m
Peter F. Hamilton irritates me and annoys me in many ways, but he has some damn good ideas and puts together some mighty fine stories.

The Good: Great SF ideas, great SF settings, and characters I grow to love.

The Bad: Way too long, and some really unnecessary explicit sex scenes.

The Ugly: As in his other books, the women are always really hot, look 17 even when they're not, and are very horny. I don't think a fat, middle-aged woman has ever made an appearance in any Hamilton book I've read. With
Aug 17, 2013 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Once again, Hamilton has done what he does best: create grand, galaxy-spanning adventure, rich with characters, mystery, suspense and action. I think Hamilton does this kind of book better than anybody.

The story is a mystery: a mystery of murder, a mystery of aliens and alien worlds inhabited by humans. Throughout the book, the reader is gradually introduced to a wondrous assortment of future science "what-ifs", and that is my definition of hard core science fiction.

On the down side, the book wa
Allen Adams

“Great North Road” is broadly ambitious; its multiple storylines and constantly shifting perspective deign to create a detailed glimpse at a small slice of the future. And it’s generally quite successful – the people and places Hamilton has created offer a nuanced look at this world. His 2143 feels like a genuine and believable future.

“Great North Road” is almost two books – and not just in length. On the one hand, we have a straight sci-fi yarn, a quest o
Fred Hughes
Peter F Hamilton’s books have a tendency to be long but that’s because he paints a broad but detailed picture of his characters and the surroundings they find themselves in. The pictures are sharp and the characters compelling and relatable which makes all his books a pleasure to read and enjoy.

In his latest offering we find the North family which through cloning themselves have managed to put themselves in a position of immense wealth and subsequently power. The only drawback to the cloning is
I have thoroughly enjoy every Peter F. Hamilton book I've read so far, and Great North Road is no exception. The story takes place during the first half of 2143. The murder of a member of a prominent family, who just happen to be made up of clones, is the set up of the novel, with the investigation into the murder taking up about half the book. The detail of the murder is similar enough to another murder that had happened 20 years before, and the person who was accused of the murder, Angela Tram ...more
Christoff Youngman
If you've read Hamilton before you'll know what to expect: huge sprawling worlds with dozens of characters, humans finding eternal life, aliens - Hamilton doesn't stray too far from his usual formula. This also means his usual weaknesses are in evidence too - the book could easily be cut down to half its size and the plot builds up and up and up until eventually it has nowhere to go and is resolved by a deus ex machina in the last twenty pages, although there's less creepy graphic sex scenes tha ...more
Patrice Hoffman
*Won through a Goodreads Giveaway*

This book was one hefty tome that I really enjoyed reading. A lot of times I steer clear of Science Fiction because I fear it will be hard to understand or a bunch of aliens speaking in languages that I could never understand. Peter F. Hamilton does a great job at mixing something I understand, Crime/Thriller fiction, with a genre I'm not too familiar with.

A brief overview of the story is that a member of the extremely famous, rich, and influential North family
Top marks for such an fun reading experience. Peter F Hamilton's epic space operas match my tastes perfectly. This book has two separate storylines, one a murder mystery on old Earth, the other an expedition to a strange futuristic world to look for alien life. The connection between the two stories slowly becomes clearer as the story progresses.

On Earth, Detective Sid Hurst is investigating the murder of a North clone. The Norths are a powerful cloned family who control the flow of fuel from t
Marcus Faulkner
Less would be so much more in the case of the Great North Road. The problem seems to be that either Peter Hamilton or the publisher or both seem to equate brand Hamilton with hefty volumes. His books physically dominate the sci-fi shelves in book shops and when one considers that usually they come in trilogies Hamilton stories are simply huge. This has advantages allowing for intricate story telling, complex plotlines and intricate worlds to be brought to life. As a standalone novel the Great No ...more
Milo (Bane of Kings)
“Whilst The Great North Road is superbly written, it takes a while to get going.” ~The Founding Fields

Peter F. Hamilton is an author who I’ve never read anything by before. So when The Great North Road was available on NetGalley, I seized the chance to request it – and once I got my request approved, I instantly started reading, going in with high expectations. And were they met? To a certain extent yes, but it did disappoint me in some ways, chief among them the pacing. Normally, I don’t mind s
Ross Hamilton
This is a big read at just over 1,000 pages. We get to track two distinct story lines – that of Detective Sid Hurst and that of Angela Tramelo. Hurst's storyline is about investigating a crime, a murder that carries a great deal of political intrigue with it. Angela Tramelo was convicted of a brutal mass murder twenty years earlier but an apparent repeat of the distinctive MO, while Tramelo is still in a high security penitentiary, leads to her release and accompanying an expedition to the plane ...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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