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Xenopath (Bengal Station #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Working for a telepathic detective agency, Vaughan investigates a series of murders linked to the colony world of Mallory, and the slaughter of innocent aliens there by a colonial organization.
Paperback, 414 pages
Published 2009 by Solaris
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Xenopath book two in the Bengal Station trilogy takes everything from book one and outdoes it in this one. Xenopath by Eric Brown is a novel tailor made me to my likes. It is a science fiction novel and hard boiled detective novel mashed into one. The science fiction is of the light nature as there is very little technical data discussed or utilized. The novel is well written and fast paced. The book takes place in the future when Earth has expanded to the stars and we are now in contact
As with any story from Eric Brown, this Bengal Station story is pure fun. It's made up of some of my favorite sci-fi tropes, these being a future Earth, cool tech, faster-than-light space travel, distant planet colonies and wonderful alien creatures. I love this stuff, and Brown uses them to produce a kind of 'pulp sci-fi' feel which I absolutely love. His are the sort of easy-reading adventure stories that lend themselves to pure escapism, getting lost in an engaging story that moves along at a ...more
I still remember how accidentally stumbled upon Eric Brown with HELIX and how I followed and got hooked on with KETHANI to then stumbled on NECROPATH perhaps because of by being the first book in a trilogy I couldn't quite put together what the book was about or how and where it would end. So, I do apologise to Mr Brown for its second instalment on the Trilogy is a cracking futuristic thriller so far so good that it took me a week to finish it. If you found yourself lost in Bengal Station and ho ...more
Xenopath is the second Bengal Station book by Eric Brown, focusing on a telepathic detective based in a huge spaceport off the coast of India. The first novel, Necropath, was a joy to read last year and it certainly whetted my appetite for more stories focusing on Jeff Vaughan and his abilities. With Xenopath I was hoping that the general feeling would be carried through and that the characters would continue to be as enjoyable as they were in Necropath. I was pleasantly surprised in the directi ...more
This is the second book in Brown's Bengal Station series. It is set two years later with Vaughan married and expecting their first child. He no longer is a telepath when he is offered a job which will mean a better standard of living for his growing family, but will mean he will have to go back reading minds.

The story is a thriller with a good back story of the relationship between Vaughan, his wife and Pham, a young girl looking to see the sky for the first time in her life.

This is a really enj
Anthony Wong
this is the first book of this author that i am reading and it is good enough for me to seek out the rest. this one the plot and characters are quite simple, i mean one dimensional. those that are good remain so and those that are bad also remain so, except for one character... i think maybe the first book of the series might be more complex and nuanced. Maybe.
Typical sci-fi. Not in the same league as Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke (but then who is) but will keep you entertained for the duration.
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It’s two years after Necropath and Jeff has married Sakura and they await their first child when Jeff gets an offer he can’t refuse. He is back as a telepathic detective and soon he is investigating murders connected with Malloy. The plot thickens and his telepathic abilities and insight in the workings of Bengali Station serve him well when he has to find the urchin connected to the case.

The finale is a showdown on the planet Malloy where he have to stop a genoci
What can I say? I'm a sucker for space stations. In college, I was hooked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for just that reason. It wasn't a terribly original plot, basically a who-done-it in space. The characters, however, were interesting and organic. I thought the relationship between the main character and his wife was especially thoughtful. The last 70 pages or so took some too-predictable turns, but overall it was a nice story. I've never read Eric Brown before, and it seemed like a decent in ...more
Jason Reeser
This was a refreshingly fun sci/fi that did not wallow in goofy scientific succotash and metaphysical balderdash. It was simply a fun adventure with assasins, intrigue, lasers, and chase scenes. It was also wonderfully lacking in space-based warfare. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
The writing was a bit basic, with a lot of "he did this" and "he did that" without much embellishment. But where it counted, the action became crisp and dynamic enough to create some very
The futuristic world of compressed humanity and distant world colonization is the backdrop for a good old fashion detective/thriller. This one includes a newer twist on the future of telepathy but ncludes a refreshing detective who is in love with the women he married. It all works and the suspension of disbelief works well. I did find a couple of loose ends that seemed to press up against this window of fiction to distract my complete immersion. However, this was a good book and I look forward ...more
Jessica Meyers
Found this book at the library, I didn't realize that it was the second book in the series until after finishing it..... It was a very good book. Eric Brown is an excellent writer. I easily flew through pages, which was good because the book was quite long, but an easy read and very interesting!
The story of this book was much better than Necropath. The main character is a lot better and the plot is better. It's still just a murder mystery in "space" but it was a much better read than the first book. Hopefully the third book is as good or better.
A little bit better for me than Neuropath - if you like PI in space you will probably love this one - but for me it only partially worked, though I liked the ending so i will check out book 3 next year too.
Horton Hears a Who! I liked Necropath's gritty world, but Xenopath descended (ascended?) into a cutesy story with cartoonish characters and a happy ending. The alien deus ex machina was way too tacked on.
The series is getting better now that the characters have had a chance to connect and develop. Bengal Station is more a mystery set in a scifi future than an overarching space opera.
Rebecca Williamson
I loved the action-packed story of a telepathic detective on the space station that's packed with humanity. Great setting and characters I cared about.
I like this author. This book was just as gripping as the first in the trilogy.
I really enjoyed this book. Real Scifi with a touch of Fantasy. Nice.
Excellent trilogy. I would like to see more books with this character.
Jamie Barrows
Decent detective tale set in a scifi setting. Didn't wow me, but a solid book.
Good Read -But really a whodunit
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Eric Brown's first short story was published in _Interzone_ in 1987, and he sold his first novel, _Meridian Days_, in 1992. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories and has published forty books: SF novels, collections, books for teenagers and younger children, and he writes a monthly SF review column for the _Guardian_.

He is married to the writer and medievalist Fi
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