The Nano Flower
Following Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder, The Nano Flower is the final book in Peter F. Hamilton's Greg Mandel trilogy – a page-turning science-fictional detective story.
Julia Evans, billionaire owner of Event Horizon, is in trouble. For fifteen years she’s been the power behind England's economic renaissance, but this won’t help her now.
Her husband is missing and...more
I should not have worried, this, the last of the Greg Mandel books shows a writer really starting to come into his own.
It deals with big themes (especially the end), a rapidly escalating situation, some dynamic action sequences, while keeping true to the characters established in the earlier novels.
There is a genuine ...more
The concept is great fun though. An ex-army commando acquires a useable psychic ability as part of a military experiment and then uses his ability to set himself up as a private detective. The Psi Boost (m ...more
5/18 hrs - Good characters and tech, and the possibility of aliens. Now this is the Hamilton I know and love.
16/18 hrs - Seeing some ideas from his next Night's Dawn trilogy. There was actually a lot of action around 9 hours. It almost felt like the end of a book. I'm sure some action is coming up now.
All done. The conclusion was very 'organic'. There were definitely precursors to his later work. I loved the female tech merc c ...more
First of all I would like to mention that the illustration of the book is for e a little bit disappointing. The cover art is by Barclay Shaw and the cover design by Carol Russo Design printed in America. For me the cover is important and must have some relation with the story and the setting of the story. When I look at the cover it gives me m ...more
the book's been summarized pretty well in the editorial excerpts as well as the previous reviewers' statements so I won't go into that in any great depth.
Greg's pulled out of retirement (once again) by Julia Evans (you guessed it) because she gets a note from her missing lover Royan, delivered by a known consort (read, call girl ...more
The third Greg Mandel novel is, like its predecessors, obviously flawed; unlike them, it is more a thriller than a mystery. It is set the better part of two decades later, when Greg and his wife Eleanor have teenage children, and Greg's friend and employer (billionaire industrialist Julia Evans) has a husband and children of her own. Had a husband, I should say, for he has gone missing before the start of the novel. The story begins when a fl ...more
Note that you can safely skip the 2nd book in the series and only read #1 and #3 if you want. This one takes place 15 years after the 2nd book and the plot is not contiguous except for the introduction of a couple minor characters.
Hamilton's story pacing, action sequences, and world ...more
But one can't deny Peter F. Hamilton's talent and great writing style. I don't like space opera, ...more
The book has everything I came to expect from Peter F. Hamilton: hard sci-fi, detailed sociopolitical context, aliens, the party of braves, the so ...more
Elite white people execute God's will in any way they choose, because they are chosen. A world queen made to dominate the globe through capitalist industrial might is char ...more
Reading Hamiltons descriptions of space flight or genetic engineering or whateve ...more
From the first Novel (which was Hamilton's first) that was a little weak, the development both of the storyline and Hamiltons's skills as a writer, has progressed steadily, up to this novel that clearly shows the Hamilton we know from The Void Trilogy 3-Book Bundle: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void and Pandora's Star.
Greg are, yet again, called upon from Julia Ewans, this time to locate her miss ...more
About 15 years have passed, and the gang are all back together for one last adventure...
As in the previous books, I feel like the author is trying to say something wise about politics and economics, but having the uber uber rich say it as one of his main characters grates on me.
This book also felt a bit long, and the shift from cyber-punk with a hint of psychic powers to hard-edged sci-fi didn't work for me.
There was also the (nigh inevitable) power escalation tha ...more
I liked the characters, some of them are getting to the age of retirement, how they are adapting to the world they forged. I especially loved that there wasn't as much interpersonal drama which so many stories hold today as precious. The story was intriguing and the ending wasn't one that I saw coming.
This novel takes the mind star series from sci fi crime to pure sci-fi. A self contained story, although good to have read the previous books to know the characters. Fast paced with sufficient plot twists to keep things interesting and stop you thinking too hard about the gaps.
A very rich person hires a psychic detective and some war criminals to find her husband (view spoiler)[and discover the alien technology he uncovered (hide spoiler)]. Explosions and stilted drama ensue. ...more