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Fallen Dragon

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  6,592 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Deploying invulnerable twenty-fifth-century soldiers called Skins, Zantiu-Braun's corporate starships loot entire planets. But as the Skins invade bucolic Thallspring, Z-B's strategy is about to go awry, all because of: Sgt. Lawrence Newton, a dreamer whose twenty years as a Skin have destroyed his hopes and desires; Denise Ebourn, a school teacher and resistance leader wh...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Pan Publishing (first published 2001)
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Becky
Unusually for Hamilton, Fallen Dragon is not part of a trilogy, and I think that the book gains a lot for standing on its own.

Enjoyable plotting, with strong character development, does start a bit slow, but it doesn't suffer from the science-heavy focus of some of his other work. Interestingly, the science that is present focuses more on biology and gene therapy/adaptation rather than physics.

I don't want to say too much about the plot, since I'll likely ruin the surprises, but I did enjoy the...more
Chris Perrin
So I bought this book because I was interested in Peter Hamilton's writing (primarily The Reality Dysfunction) and this book was available on the Bargain Bin for $6.

Having read it, I would say it was easily worth the full price. Fallen Dragon is a great mix of military sci fi, politics, moral ambiguity, and a little bit of human drama to bind the whole thing together.

The book follows Lawrence Newton in the past and the present as he grows up, falls in love, has his heart broken, joins a corporat...more
Mark
Fallen Dragon is the only real stand alone space opera that Peter F Hamilton has written. His series' to date are huge multi-volume affairs that are as impressive as they are ambitious. Therefore, taking his skill and applying it to a stand alone book was always going to have an interesting result. Not only does he manage to keep the sense of wonder that he has in his trilogies and series, but he does so with flair and style, bringing the military SF of old up to speed in only the way he can.

The...more
Michael
I enjoyed the ride of this book, but I wouldn't read it again. Written after the Confederation books, it is light years better than those, but not nearly as good or well-constructed as the Commonwealth books, and takes place in a universe unrelated to either, but still suffers from Hamilton's two frustrating habits: 1) Having the same technology in his different universes just called something else; and, 2) WAY too much backstory and verisimilitude (there is realism and there is technobabble tha...more
Steve Coughlan
Not quite up to snuff compared to his earlier masterpiece (I had high expectations!). It was a little harder to follow, a little more convoluted, and a little less satisfying, although I can't put my finger on why. The parallel plots with simultaneous flashbacks made it hard to read is short increments AND keep track of all the threads and characters at once. In the end I had to go back and spend an hour once I'd finished the book reviewing some key facts I'd forgotten to make all the ends tie u...more
Rich
Reminiscent of Heinlein's early sci-fi stuff, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible, Fallen Dragon started off slow and built to a crescendo that kept me up far later than I meant to be up two nights in a row. I couldn't make myself put it down. The far-flung cast of characters had all come together in a frantic race that could have come from one of Dan Brown's books it was paced so quickly. It was almost as if a door would shut behind the pursued just before the pursuer would o...more
Kris
I decided to reread this book and I have to say that I was surprised how much of the plot I had not remembered from the first time I read it about 6 years ago. This is a good story that has all of Peter hamiltons hallmarks in just one book. The story happens across space, with believeable characters, and a multi threaded plot line that has a satifying ending. The plot invovles Laurence Newton, a young lady named Denise, an alien called a "dragon", and Simon Roderick. This is just some of the cha...more
Dharmakirti
3.5 stars

Essentialy, this is the story of Lawrence Newton, a kid who left the planet/colony Amethi to pursue his dreams of exploring space. In order to try to make his dreams come true, he joins the security force of the only company that still funds space exploration, Zanitu-Braun. As a member of the Z-B seurity force, Lawrence and his squad mates take part in "asset realization" raids on other colonies. These asset realization raids are when a corporation's security forces occupy your colony a...more
P. Aaron Potter
Good Christ this is a long book.

However - and this is the essential however - it's still compelling as all get out. Hamilton can make a 834 page tome fly by like a, well, like a merely 652 page tome. It's still a long read, but hey, we're all about value for the money here anyway, right?

As the back-cover-blurb reveals, this is really three stories, each with its own protagonist, and as they converge on a backwater planet with a massive secret, the threads become more and more deeply entangled. I...more
Matt Schiariti
Not your average Scfi novel.

I admit that science fiction doesn't normally make up a large part of my reading list other than the odd Star Wars or Star Trek binge, I haven't really read much sci fi at all. A friend of mine (who at one point turned me onto Ken Follett, my favorite author, so I hold his recommendations in high regard) mentioned reading this and said it was fantastic with amazing amounts of detail..so I checked it out..and I'm glad I did because it opened up a whole new world of rea...more
Korynn
This book is a bit of a mish-mash. It follows three characters but really only one of them gets their entire life story told through numerous flashbacks interspersed throughout the regular plot. The plot, essentially, is that the world of Thallspring is being invaded by pirate creditors who buy up their loans on Earth and then show up at the planet and demand repayment i.e. giving them whatever they want. And they'll kill people if they don't get it. Only, Thallspring has some nice little anarch...more
Ken
Good military space opera. I say space opera, but it's not too extravagant. It's just that any setting that has FTL passes some threshold of mine and moves out of hard-SF and into the more plausible near reaches of space opera. Interesting story, good characters, average writing style and a decent ending.

A few centuries after interstellar travel became possible it turns out that, even with FTL, establishing extra-solar colonies just isn't profitable in the mid to long term. No surprise there, f...more
Pamela
Apr 25, 2012 Pamela rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
I stopped reading this ... Hamilton got a bit obsessive with the ... ahem ... bedroom scenes. The plot is very slow-moving and held no interest for me. There seemed to be no real menace, no threat.
Velo
I'm going out on a limb here, but I'd say Fallen Dragon is the best scifi book ever written. It is truly a master piece.
Roddy Williams
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Jonathan
Pretty good book ... suffers from a great deal of back story, so the entire novel feels like your losing ground, until 100 pages from the end. Fortunately, it is all entertaining.

Another unfortunate aspect is that there are no likable characters. The protagonist is pig-headed and on the side of an obvious evil. The sub-main character (the second story protagonist) is hopelessly naive and equally pig headed. The antagonist was pretty awesome, I have to admit ... in fact his motives are pure, des...more
Andy
In true Hamilton form, you need to read the 200 pages of back story and preparation before you get to the 500 pages of action.

This book brings some developments to their possible conclusions: The Zantiu-Braun company attempting to "rescue" humanity by colonizing space and making every single human a part of it's colossal self. The food shortage on earth finally solve by the technology to manufacture food substances, and those few remaining people who eat real food (apples off the tree, steaks fr...more
Grzegorz
W świecie, w którym rządzą korporacje, gdzie klonowanie oraz modyfikacje genetyczne są powszechne, ludzkość nieoczekiwanie znalazła się w ślepym zaułku. Ludzka ekspansja i kolonizacja kosmosu przestały być opłacalne, a korporacje starają się minimalizować straty poprzez misje realizacji aktywów na koloniach, które są zwykłymi rozbojami dokonanymi na skolonizowanych planetach.

Akcja książki jest podzielona na dwie części, opowiadane na zmianę, których spoiwem jest postać głównego bohatera. W pierw...more
Rita Monticelli
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La quintessenza della space opera

Dopo la Trilogia del Vuoto, “Fallen Dragon” è la seconda opera che leggo di Peter F. Hamilton ed essa consolida la mia ottima opinione su questo grande autore di fantascienza britannico. Ancora una volta mi ritrovo senza parole di fronte alla fantasia di Hamilton, capace di creare timeline estremamente complesse e particolareggiate, eppure molto diverse tra di loro.
Narrato per la maggior parte su due piani temporali paralleli,...more
Nicolas
J'ai rarement eu un avis aussi mitigé sur un bouquin.
Mais avant d'aller plus loin, un rapide résumé ne peut pas faire de mal.
Dans un récit structuré par les flashbacks sur la vie et la carrière de Lawrence Newton, héros supposé de cette histoire, l'auteur nous conte ses mésaventures sur une planète où la société qui l'emploie va faire du recouvrement de créances. Enfin, c'est-à-dire qu'ils vont aller voler toutes les richesses des gens de cette planète pour retourner les vendre sur Terre, afin...more
Steve
Lawrence Newton grew up in a wealthy board family, on a rich and prospering colony world. He had everything he wanted, including the girl of his dreams. But he dreamed of exploring space and discovering new worlds out on the frontier, so he left all that behind, selling his stake in his homeworld to buy a starship ticket to Earth. There he joined the Zaunti Braun corporation and became a squaddie, going to planet after planet on asset realisation missions. Not exactly what he� d dreamed off, but...more
Michael Glaviano
As seems likely to happen (if it hasn't already), Hamilton's world is completely dominated by mega-corporations that are accountable to no government. Like for-profit corporations everywhere, the actions of Hamilton's constructs are dominated by a need to succeed and provide ROI. This leads to predictably callous, sociopathic behavior.

Hamilton's characters are vivid. Some are more sympathetic than others, but they are mostly real enough and distinct enough to be appealing. I had a little trouble...more
Robert
Of the Peter F. Hamilton novels I've read (which is a large majority of them), this is my favourite. It avoids most of the problems I have come to associate with him and has one great merit absent from them: it is about something! As usual it is a fast-paced thriller but it stands alone, not linked to any other works in a series and the main protagonists total only two, rather than the dozen or more appearing in the bloated sagas Hamilton is renowned for. This allows one to actually start to car...more
Rodgrant34
I think this book is the type that takes a while to develop it cuts in in out of some complex situations and in the end it does very little to explain some big issues. It also repeats its philosophical points again and again, company bad humans stupid. What I liked about it was the science in it. It is very convincing. What I hated was a major time paradox that has the main character travel to the past to help himself leave a planet that he couldn't have left without his future self's assistance...more
Andrew
I read this book a long while before writing this, but to this day Fallen Dragon is still my favorite science fiction novel. I know this opinion may be out of the norm for this novel, but honestly, pretty much everything about this book is perfect. Mr. Hamilton has a way of making his stories seem large in scope while keeping his characters real and worlds they inhabit fascinating and believable. This book embodies everything I love about Peter's writing and storytelling style.

This isn't so much...more
Matt
2.5/5

DNF

I'm disappointed in myself and irritated by this author.

This is the second time I have tried to read Peter F Hamilton for a multitude of reasons -- and failed.

One reason is that I'm always trying to find better science fiction from the past 10-15 years. I'm also looking for something different. I'm also looking for more British authors. I'm also looking for bigger books (between 600-1000 pages) which require some serious time commitment and disciplined focus. For all these reasons, by wh...more
Bridget
I think Hamilton is a very talented writer & world builder. The Pandora's Star series was very good. However, I gave up on this one about a third of the way into it. Rare for me as my momma didn't raise no quitter;) But I have so many books I do want to read, I didn't feel like slogging through just to say I finished. I'll still try Mr. Hamilton's Temporal Void series instead.
James
This was an enjoyable action-based science fiction novel. The story takes its time to build up, intertwining flashback and present day stories. It delves into the main character of Lawrence Newton, giving the reader the chance to get to know the character. The story is very interesting, and it takes its time and progresses to something unexpected.

The technology of the soldiers’ ‘Skin’ suits involves some neat technologies. The abilities of the suit are explored throughout the book, which create...more
Miguel Ruz Baños
En esta novela Peter Hamilton repite muchos de los esquemas que ya utilizo en la saga de novelas ambientadas en la Federación. Al igual que en la "estrella de Pandora" y "Judas Desencadenado", el autor realiza una exhaustiva descripción de la sociedad en donde se ambientan las novelas proporcionando al lector multitud de detalles que dan credibilidad al desarrollo tecnológico que se ha producido. Esta profundidad en la descripción del entorno es una de las razones por las que me gustaron esas do...more
Shane
I read this book shortly after it came out, but I find myself remembering little about it, other than finding it an enjoyable read. I've decided to go at it again given my recent enjoyment of other of Hamilton's books.

Having now finished the re-read, I can give my review and I have to say, it's a good book. I like how it mixes some "in the trenches" militarism with some corporate/world politics and even a resistance group/terrorist organization for which I found a good deal of sympathy.

I also v...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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