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The Mandel Files

(Greg Mandel #1-2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  904 ratings  ·  41 reviews

For the first time in a single volume, Peter F. Hamilton’s acclaimed novels—Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder—set in a near-future so real it seems ripped from tomorrow’s headlines
In Mindstar Rising, Greg Mandel, gifted—or cursed—with biotechnology that makes him a living lie detector, is hired to investigate corporate espionage by Event Ho
Kindle Edition, 880 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, enjoyed this mystery set in a near future. Enough science fiction to keep it in the genre, but as much a mystery series than anything. This newly published work combining "Mindstar Rising" and "Quantum Murder" is a good way to purchase these older Hamilton stories. I enjoyed "Mindstar Rising" more, finding it more of a science fiction read, where as "Quantum Murder" took the setting and science described in the earlier work and built upon it to tell a more pure murder mystery. Obviously ...more
Micah Sisk
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindstar Rising 4 stars, A Quantum Murder 3 stars ... so 3.5 total for this two-book collection.

I like and have read quite a few Hamilton's books, and quite a lot of those by Ken MacLeod, so I know their "voices" fairly well. Or I thought I did. These two early works by Hamilton, though, sound a lot more like MacLeod's voice. I kept forgetting who I was reading!

As others have said, these are more mystery/detective than action adventure SF. Mindstar Rising is particularly good at it; A Quantum Mu
Thomas E Baldovin
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing mystery

This is a two-book collection. I read Monday at Rising so long ago, I don't remember it. I must have liked it or I wouldn't have kept the book.
So this review is only about A Quantum Murder. Normally, I'm not a fan when sci go elements are mixed with genre fiction like a mystery or a spy tale. It is often used as a short cut for getting out of plot difficulty. (Detective Krump was not going to escape this mob unless...Yes! He could reach his psycho-neurolizer!). In Quantum
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like everything else I’ve read by Peter F. Hamilton, this 2-book set gets 5 stars. I haven’t read much crime/mystery, and I don’t dig on crime TV shows. I guess you could call these crime/mystery stories, and I really enjoyed them. Greg, Eleanor, and Julia are characters I would be happy to read about time and time again. I’m putting some other books on hold to move on to the 3rd book (the 2nd volume) of The Mandel Files right now. Thank you again, Mr. Hamilton.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was really two novels. Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder. I enjoyed the heck out of both. Part sci-if, part mystery, part noir detective, part cyberpunk with all parts fitting together quite nicely.
Kevin Leslie
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two very interesting ideas

I can skip the descriptions of what everyone is wearing, but truely enjoyed the idea of personality injection and seeing into the past, both great "big ideas" to build an exciting mystery around.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read and enjoyed a lot Peter Hamilton's Space Opera books. I could see glimpses of Commonwealth characters in some of the characters in these first two Mandel stories. Even though I enjoyed these two stories, I'm glad Peter Hamilton switched to his Commonwealth universe of stories. ...more
Bruce Miller
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Both a goodd mystery and Sci Fi novel

Great escape read in a post climate change world. Besides the main characters the minor characters are wuite interesting. I will be reading the next one soon.
PDX Bookreader
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Feels clunky compared to PFH's other works. I felt like it stuttered a bit, rather than having a smooth flow to the story. It depends on protagonists making dumb decisions to let bad guys get the upper hand (I know that tt is rare to find detective-thriller that doesn't, but it always bugs me). ...more
Beverly Fuqua
Told you I was gonna read more Peter Franklin.
Sherry Minkus
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasn't sure about this but then I got caught up in the characters and the action. In the end, I couldn't put it down! ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains Mindstar and A Quantum Murder. I will review them individually.
Just pleased there are still SF books that capture attention.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books were good. I am not sure I will read them again, but then again, I am not sure that was the intention of them. They were suspenseful mysteries with plenty of action and characters. I appreciated the starkly different plots between the books while keeping the same characters. I would say these are more suspense/mystery and less sci-fi, but I liked that.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter F. Hamilton's "The Mandel Files, Volume 1" is a compendium of the first two books in his "Mandel Files" trilogy. Because I've rated these two books before, I'll start with copying in my reviews for those books here. I'll add a bit afterward:

The three books in Peter F. Hamilton's Greg Mandel series were written before his "Night's Dawn" series. I'm not certain of this, but they seem to occur in the same universe as that series, just at a MUCH earlier time. Regardless, this series is excelle
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a book set in a near future Earth slowly emerging from a gray ages after a serious but not catastrophic environmental upheaval caused by global warming. Britian is now a tropical island, subject to frequent hyper-violent hurricanes.

The book contains two stories of approximately novella length set in this universe. They are unconventional crime mysteries revolving around Greg Mandel, a former specops soldier who has been biologically modified with a psi-enhancing "gland" that gives him a
Edward Lazellari
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked Snow Crash, Hardwire, Neuromancer
Recommended to Edward by: Suvudu
This is a true sci-fi story. Set in the near future, Hamilton's constructs are familiar enough that we can all see ourselves living in such a society. It was written in the 1990s, and it's amazing (and scary) to see how close we're getting to this vision.
Though the characters are two-dimensional, it's the good kind, with just enough information about them to move the plot along and not detract from the world Hamilton paints. This story is more about ideas than the characters, about the abuse of
Ron Morgan
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished the 2nd novel of the omnibus, "A Quantum Murder". Greg Mandel is a pretty fun detective to follow, and this time around he gets into a bit more action-packed trouble, with most of the main players from the first novel returning. Again, this is one of Hamilton's early works, and the "sci-fi" is kept to a minimum, though fantastic in nature. This is a pretty cool sci-fi detective series set in the not too distant future, and unlike Hamilton's more recent epic space-opera work it is very e ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a real toss up between 2 and 3 stars.

Note that this was my first techno thriller novels. And... I do plan on reading the final Greg Mandel installment, The Nano Flower. I just have to find out what happens to the embarassingly juvenile Julia Evans.

This book is actually the 1st 2 of the novels, crammed together. It was NOT a bad read, but techno thrillers are just not my thing. I don't agonize over who could have done it.

The first book completely lacked gravitas. I mean... really, really l
A Two novel re-issue of Hamilton's 1990 novels involving Greg mandel...a biologically altered empath in a post apocolyptic( Environmental...the great warming) Britain. Lots of nice touches here...The Trinities vs the PSP...the New Conservatives...the various play-oofs and pay-offs of dealing with a disintegrating world and the purely pro-business nature of the story arc...I do like the hacker element of the two novels. Speculative fiction always run the risk of seeming dated and there are elemen ...more
Rob Trans
This is two complete novels in one. The first is better than the second. I enjoyed the first, but the second was even more draggy and seemed unfocused in places.

Typical of this author. Good characterizations, interesting plot. Author is enamored of the universe he has created and seems to include little descriptions that are only marginally related to the plot. He could use a better editor.

I'm done with this author for a long time.
Grr. My bookstore won't have til 8/23.

p 16 - it is good to be an esper

P 88 - Spaaaaaace!


p 171/467 (1st novel) - consciousness uploading :) This is also a 'post global warming' novel.

I have to wonder why these 2 novels were reprinted as one book. Is a 467 page novel just too low a profit margin, or do they think it won't sell as much?
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two books in one.

The first one is a bit bumpy read, a rough ride, although not bad overall, not on the level I am used from Peter F. Hamilton. So 2/5

But, the second book is way better, with a compelling story line, thought nothing really over the top, but enough to get a 4/5

Overall I give a 4/5, especially because for the second book
Binky Bowberg
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Two fun techno-thriller, sci-fi, mysteries. I enjoyed both Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder for the action ,and the ongoing character development. I look forward to more of Greg Mandel and his psi- ability crime solving, and the continued growth of Julia Evans as her story unfolds in The Nano Flower.
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I only managed to get through the first novel in this collection, Mindstar Rising. It was a tedious slog, full of technobabble and tiresome cliches that borrowed heavily from both the super-spy and hard-boiled detective genres. It's vastly inferior to Hamilton's later space opera fiction. I may get around to reading the second novel, or maybe not. ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is two books combined into one massive read. Both books were pretty good -- the first being a little better than the second. Both are sort of sci-fi murder/mystery books. Hamilton is a bit long winded, but the plot is interesting enough to keep things moving.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hamilton Fans, Near-future techno thriller junkies
I enjoyed the two books in one. But I'm a Hamilton fan. Despite his tendency toward verbosity, these read quite quickly. Technothriller is the right label for these stories. The setting is near-future Earth, which I think is a neat contrast to the settings in his Commonwealth and Void books. ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
While Peter F. Hamilton is an author on my to-read list, I found myself skipping pages at the end of the book. A series I would still complete, it was difficult initially to really get into the storyline as I needed to learn the slang peculiar to the series.
Daryl Clarke
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Peter Hamilton's operatic/epic style. His heroes are larger than life which makes for larger than life stories. The tech ideas are a little dated but very well done. Cyber/psi punk at its best. ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series. Good Detective. Good SF!
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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. ...more

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