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Bone Silence

Written by: Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Series: The Revenger Series, Book 3
Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling finale to the Revenger Trilogy tells a desperate tale of greed, piracy, shadow governments, and ancient secrets that could unravel all of civilization.

The Ness sisters ran away from home to become the most fearsome pirates in the 20,000 worlds of the Congregation. They've plundered treasures untold, taken command of their own ship, and made plenty of enemies. But now they're being hunted for crimes they didn't commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. To stay one step ahead of their pursuers and answer the questions that have plagued them, they'll have to employ every dirty, piratical trick in the book....

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The Revenger Trilogy:

  • Revenger
  • Shadow Captain
  • Bone Silence
©2020 Alastair Reynolds (P)2020 Orbit

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excellent story. well read

great series that has a number of interesting twists that are exposed over time as the story proceeds. thoughtful and intelligent with enough action to keep you thoroughly engaged

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  • 2020-06-01

groan

author sacrificed a satisfying ending for sophomoric and pedantic politics. subplots unanswered. infantile story arc

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  • adam vondersaar
  • 2020-05-25

best of the series

Hope this is going to be more than a triology. I really enjoy this universe.

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  • 2020-05-08

"The Prefect" of Revenger (very political)

I love Alastair Reynolds as an author and I have read at least 12 of his novels. With the headline of this review, I'm stating simply that he sometimes has very elaborate socio-economic and political themes in his novels. Bone Silence is this novel for the Revenger series with our favorite characters experiencing what it's like to have real power. With real power comes real responsibility and the Ness sisters are thrown into a situation unlike any they had ever dreamed of. I don't want to write a critical review of the story because most of my reviews are spoiler-free. If you enjoyed The Prefect, which I do greatly and I love Elysium Fire, then pick the story up with the expectation that the Ness sisters aren't going to be jaunting around looking for the next big boerboel or planet that holds infinite treasure. It's still a great novel with new characters and a split storyline that holds your attention for hours and hours (provided that long commentary is ok for you).

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  • Robert
  • 2020-05-04

Alastair falls to political pitfall

Unfortunately Alastair falls into a typical Sci Fi pitfall of blaming humanity and justifying wrongs done to us as deserved. Reynolds has long been a favorite Sci Fi author of mine and I was disappointed to see over used socialist tropes steak their way into his book.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2020-03-29

Disappointing trilogy closure

Bone Silence is the 3rd installment in Alastair Reynolds' Revenger series. The sisters are being pursed, while they are trying to solve the mystery of the coins and the periodic occupations. On a frontier world, they come in contact with an alien, the clacker, who is being hunted for unknown reasons, and agree to take him to another world. They stop along the way for a bit of piracy and end up becoming the target of a concerted effort by the powers that be to take them down. They encounter a worthy foe in a young commander who possesses some unique bone skills. The sisters split up with separate ships and each has their own adventure. They finally link up again and learn the mystery of both the coins and the occupations with a few surprises as well.

Reynolds cobbles together a tale of multiple chase scenes, but saves the revelations until the very end. The identity and origin of their mysterious pursuer who can invade a mind through the bones is never satisfactorily addressed as is how the financiers decided that the sisters were the cause of the economic disaster. The battle scenes have a bit of dues ex machina as a 'ghosty' demise proves useful, but seemed rather random. All the sewer meanderings were tiresome. Finally the big reveal at the end was underwhelming. As a concluding tale, this was unsatisfying,

The narration was quite well done with a decent range of characters and solid pacing throughout.

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  • OlliespotBookReviews
  • 2020-03-24

Tense and satisfying. Scifi that's 100% Original!

I really loved it. Tense and satisfying. I really enjoyed the way it wrapped up the Revenger trilogy. If you like the steampunky space pirate world that is the Revenger series, you will definitely miss out if you don't read this.
I feel like "ghosty gubbins" for sure after this...

I read the audiobook version and Clare Corbett hit a home run, such a great job. A more in depth review to come! (less)