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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  10,134 Ratings  ·  273 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 schoolteacher and resistance leader who ...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published March 7th 2003 by Aspect (first published 2001)
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Paul O'Neill
Jul 11, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Updated from four to five stars after I couldn't get this book out of my head. This one has stuck with me and that, for me, is usually a clear indicator of a five star book

I've no idea how to describe this book. I'm not much of a 'hard sci-fi' fan and there were definitely parts of this book where I switched off. There were also entire chapters I think that could've been removed.

This led to me taking ages to finish the damn thing but I got there in the end!

With that being said, I did really lik
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Mark
Jun 16, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read, 2012-read
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
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Becky
May 24, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Perrin
Aug 24, 2009 Chris Perrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael
Mar 05, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Claudia
Dec 12, 2015 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I will ever cease to be amazed by how Hamilton succeeds in constructing his universes. It’s like he’s living there and paints what he sees in front of his eyes - the myriad details, the colors, the smells – all so real that you cannot but be transposed in that particular world. I should be used to this by now, having read most of his epic operas, but I’m not; and it’s an awesome feeling having the same thrill when starting one of his stories.

Compared to the others, this one has a r
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Rich
Mar 10, 2011 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
P. Aaron Potter
Feb 14, 2013 P. Aaron Potter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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
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Steve Coughlan
Feb 29, 2008 Steve Coughlan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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
Pamela
Dec 04, 2009 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matt aka
Fallen Dragon is a scifi story about Lawrence, a young military man, who works for an organization involved in "corporate reallocation" which basically means legal piracy. Much of this 26 hour audiobook focuses on Lawrence's background as a rudderless teen who falls in love with a girl he meets at a hotel swimming pool and his later missions in the military.

I think with faster pacing this book would have been much better. The universe is large but the detailed descriptions of certain places or e
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Dharmakirti
Oct 27, 2013 Dharmakirti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Kris
Mar 17, 2011 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Velo
May 08, 2012 Velo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Korynn
Mar 26, 2009 Korynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fifantasy
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
Jan 11, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ignacio Senao f
Peca siempre en su ansia de darle credibilidad a su mundo con exceso de páginas.
Este inglés se considera en la actualidad como uno de los 3 mejores escritores de Ciencia Ficción. Puede que sea verdad en aquellos que solo leen bestseller. Aunque no dudo de su genialidad.

Crea un mundo muy real, donde los avances son posibles. Sus descripciones empalagan en momentos, al no dar la dosis de acción o misterio necesaria para mantenernos atentos.

Sabe que es muy buen escritor, por esto se recrea en exces
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Bridget
Jun 08, 2010 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Roddy Williams
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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,
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Tim Jin
May 30, 2017 Tim Jin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever Peter F. Hamilton teams up with John Lee to be the voice for his audiobooks, they always make a great pair. As for "Fallen Dragon", it's another awesome concept for a science fiction universe. I'm never disappointed on how Peter F. Hamilton paints a picture with his words and doesn't forget a dot at the end of the sentence. As he build up his characters to be more human, PFH never forgets to plant the seed in the reader's imagination of a possible new planet and this time, dragons.
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andy
Sep 02, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Andrew
Jul 15, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Grzegorz
Oct 29, 2012 Grzegorz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Steve Haywood
Jan 08, 2012 Steve Haywood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space, opera, fantasy
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
Mcgyver5
May 07, 2008 Mcgyver5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
I grabbed this at random off the shelf at the library. 600 odd pages went by like a flash. I was geeking out for many reasons: A perfect little guerrilla war that makes me worry that the author has fantasized quite a bit about how to be an effective terrorist. A high-tech forensic examination that caused movie-quality visuals to jump off the page. World creation as good as, though maybe not as complete as, the reality dysfunction. A mildly compelling main character. Even some time travel thrown ...more
Jonathan
Dec 09, 2008 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“I used to be like that once. I never gave anybody a second chance. It’s a very sad way to live your life.” “Do you believe the dragons should provide patternform technology to humans?” “Yes, I do. Denise is convinced that because we didn’t create it for ourselves we won’t be able to handle it properly, that it will be constantly misused. To me it’s completely irrelevant that we didn’t work out every little detail for ourselves.” “Why?” “Other than pride? We know the scientific principles behind technology. If we don’t understand this particular theory, I trust in us to learn it soon enough. There’s very little we can’t grasp once it’s fully explained and broken down into its basic equations. But that’s just the clinical analysis. From a moral point of view, consider this: when the Americans first sent a man to the Moon, there were people living in Africa and South America and Asia who had never seen a lightbulb, or known of electricity or antibiotics. There were even Americans who didn’t have running water to their houses, or an indoor toilet. Does that mean they shouldn’t have been given access to electricity or modern medicine, because they personally didn’t invent it? It might not have been their local community’s knowledge, but it was human knowledge. We don’t have a clue how to build the nullvoid drive that the Ring Empire’s Outbounds employed in their intergalactic ships, but the knowledge is there, developed by sentient entities. Why shouldn’t we have access to that? Because it’s a shortcut? Because we don’t have to spend centuries of time developing it for ourselves? In what way will using ideas other than our own demean and diminish us? All knowledge should be cherished, not denied.” “I believe you would make an excellent dragon, Lawrence.” A” 1 likes
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