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Particle Horizon

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Reviews 'Best Indie Books of 2012' Competition.

From the blood and dust of New Jerusalem, the Legion of the LightBringer wages a galactic war against those who would replace their god. Now, the time has come for the Union of Free Worlds to make a stand. The front line is the idyllic asteroid world of Angelhaven, where the greatest mind in hu
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 354 pages
Published April 8th 2012 by Angelhaven Books
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Its always dicey when you pick up a book by an author you've never heard of, irrespective of what genre you he or she is writing in. You have no references with regards to how good the author is and it is all going to depend on your own reading of their work. That was very much the case with me here.Having read a lot of debut novels this year, I'm still tentative in picking more up and giving them a try although I do have to say that my experience has been 95% positive. Selso Xisto continues tha ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am what you might call a "lapsed sci-fi" fan. In high school, my shelves were full of Asimov and David Brin, Nancy Kress and Frederik Pohl, Stanislaw Lem and every issue of Science Fiction Age ever published. But something happened along the line - it might have been a function of sci fi in the mid-90s but I suppose I suddenly felt as if I were reading the same book over and over. The novels were lagging behind the more exciting things I was reading in New Scientist and Scientific American, an ...more
D.L. Morrese
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘Action packed’ military science fiction seldom appeals to me, but this one hooked me from the beginning because the characters are believable individuals rather than shallow, cookie-cutter stereotypes, and the bad guys are simply so detestable you want to see them fail. The latter are a bunch of violent religious zealots from the Legion of the Lightbringer based on New Jerusalem, a colony planet founded as both a dumping ground and sanctuary for theists from the Union of Free Worlds. The story ...more
William Green
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to William by: Natasha Larry
The cardinal rule of any reader is: Do not judge a book by it's cover. I made that mistake when I started to see Particle Horizon floating around the different blogs and websites I frequent. Not only did I judge the cover I judged the author's name. I know, what kind of horrible human being am I? I apologize in advance Selso, if you're reading this right now. I assumed Selso Xisto was a pen name born from an unfortunate draw from the scrabble bag. (Boy, I hope Selso can take a joke). If you read ...more
Cara (Eli)
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is always such a thrill to read a new story from a new author. There are countless stories out there and not all are good reads, but every once in a while you come across a true gem. Particle Horizon is certainly one of those. It is fast paced. It is action filled. It has interesting characters and a fascinating theme - religion vs science. Not only the planet Earth, but the entire universe is at risk in this thrilling space opera.

I am the first to admit that some of the sci-fi novels out the
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Had a friend not recommended this novel to me, I likely wouldn't have picked it up and that would have been a true shame. "Particle Horizon" is an amazing read. I am not usually the reader who becomes so invested in characters but the way that they're written in this novel, I couldn't help but become a part of their lives. Xisto's writing style is so beautifully descriptive that my world for the time that I read was this novel. Highly recommend this even if you don't like sci-fi because I have n ...more
Rina Lee
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an epic sci-fi book, I am still digesting it.
Vivid, and colorful, with a huge ensemble of characters, and layers upon layers of detail.
The story-telling is perfect and very much enjoyed the voice of the book.

My full review can be found here http://threesistersreviews.blogspot.c...
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Really liked this book. It becomes very engrossing as you get into the story line. Loved the characters especially the evolving post human ones. Interesting story line when read in the context of the US elections in 2012. I look forward to more from this author.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I write anything else, I'll mention that Selso Xisto's Particle Horizon was a pleasant surprise and an enjoyable reading experience, because it's a fresh and entertaining science fiction book.

Here's a bit of information about Particle Horizon:

The events take place in the distant future where humankind's technologial and scientific skills have advanced further than anybody can imagine. Humankind has the ability to inhabit asterdois, build sentient artificial intelligences, make genetic man
Mark Oetjens
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Selso Xisto's novel Particle Horizon is a well thought out and multi-layered story. The novel takes place inside the world of Angelhaven, a hollowed out asteroid orbiting the moon of the gas giant Hades. Angelhaven is a company world for AngelCorp, a defense contractor for the Union of Free Worlds. AngelCorp is owned by the uber-genius Dr. Baghdasarian.

The novel opens as the Legion of the Lightbringer from the desert world of New Jerusalem invades Angelhaven, supposedly seeking technology and th
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Particle Horizon is a gritty Science Fiction novel, and a pretty awesome debut by Selso Xisto. It is essentially about a galactic war between Angelhaven, an advanced human colony on an asteroid, and New Jerusalem from which the Legion of the LightBringer wages a holy war against all who would deny their god. You won���t soon forget the first chapter. It was raw and emotional and draws the reader right into the conflict. The next few chapters are a little slow going as the characters and context ...more
Sarah Baethge
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Particle Horizon by Selso Xisto is an entertaining, highly detailed portrayal of wonders in a far off future where the lifestyle dependent on highly advanced technology and the prejudices of complete unquestioning faith in unseen gods collide in horrendous violence that could tear the very world apart for everyone that happens to get caught in the middle. The religious citizens of New Jerusalem see it as their duty to destroy the research coming out of the space-station research facility `Angelh ...more
Charity Bradford
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is one of those books that took a while for me to get into, but by the end I was sneaking peaks whenever I could to finish.

What worked for me:
The grand scale of the idea contained in one place--Angelhaven. The idea of humans reaching their "Resolution Juncture" and what that could mean to other intelligent species was brilliant. Especially when contrasted with the brutal warring forces on Angelhaven. Light hidden within the darkest most determined soldier.

The science was great and not too
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I gave it a more thorough review on my blog:

Excellent action, and fairly well written. Its action packed and fast paced. This is the author's first novel, and it has far more polish and less stilted dialogue than most science fiction, especially for a first book. I look forward to see what else he comes out with.
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable

Honestly, it was a lot better than I expected. I liked the writing and the interesting quagmires some of the characters found themselves in—especially around identity—and many of the characters in general. Plus, I found the plot and technology is interesting.

I did think it dragged a little in the middle. I noted a couple copy edit mishaps. The science was a bit hand-wavey, and I warn you not to get too attached to anyone. All in all though, I enjoyed it.
Rachel Cotterill
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great debut, blending the gritty realities of war with a sci-fi adventure on an intergalactic scale. The world is well constructed and vividly described, and I really liked the cast of unusual characters. The book spans quite a long period, making the pacing a bit uneven, but it held my attention and I all-too-quickly reached the end.
Daniel Grubb
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I'm no reviewer and for that I apologise. The twists and turns. The way Selso dives into your mind and tears chunk off it with his exciting high-energy scenes interspersed with touching, human moments in the midst of apocalyptic chaos.

As I said, I'm no reviewer, but I realy enjoyed this book.

Thank you Selso, keep up the good work!
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. Very well written, deeply felt, good character development, with a grand, plausible, and interesting cosmology. AI's as real people. People and AI's who could be Gods. I will sit on this one for a little while, it might turn into five stars eventually.
Natasha Larry
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review coming. Very, very good though. Especially considering this is a debut science fiction novel. Not easy to pull off. Writing skills are solid and the story is wonderful.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Clever deep space action.

You may enjoy this like this if you James S.A. Corey and Peter F. Hamilton. I for one loved it.
Martin Jennings
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Liked it a lot
Debra Dunbar
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been dying to read a good sci-fi and found it here in this well crafted debut novel. It’s everything you’d want in a traditional sci-fi. It’s big. It’s full of futuristic technology. There’s a war that may destroy life as we know it. There are super intelligent aliens that may destroy life as we know it. Our own idiocy may destroy life as we know it. Ready the anti-matter converters and hold tight to your Kindle. This is a book I really enjoyed, and I know you will too.

In what I can only im
Jul 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I just lost interest in this book and never returned to it. I did not bond with the characters and found the narrative a bit tedious.
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Q&A with Selso Xisto: Ask the Author 15 18 May 24, 2012 06:17AM  
Graduated from King's College London longer ago than seems possible, and went on to work in kid's TV for over 10 years making promos for Disney and Cartoon Network. Perhaps as an antidote he writes gritty, epic science fiction; forever his first love.

Surviving his ongoing obsession with fast motorbikes and flirtation with the underrated virtual worlds of videogames, he somehow found time to put to