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Salvation

Salvation Sequence, Book 1
Written by: Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation - including starships - virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful - until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world 89 light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem....

Bursting with tension and big ideas, Salvation is the first book of an all-new series that highlights the inventiveness of an author at the top of his game.

©2018 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2018 Tantor

What the critics say

“Peter F. Hamilton smashes through the crazy battlefield of space opera like a giant all-conquering war-robot. His newest is loud, proud, and beyond epic. Accept no substitutes, this is the real deal. You need Salvation, my friend.” (Ian McDonald, author of the Luna series)

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Good story but slow at first

Overall a well-written book with a decent plot. Reading the book would have been a bit less confusing as some of the pronouns for the omnisexuals (S/he and he/r) weren't properly verbally explained but have been obvious in print.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Slower start but amazing ending

As title suggests the book starts out a little slow and the narration was somewhat confusing in the beginning before you sort out that different timelines are being utilized.

Gender neutral pronouns were used for various characters and it took me an embarrassing amount of time to realize what was going on so it was a little confusing for a while.

Overall great beginning to what I hope will be a truly epic story.

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An excellent long burn prequel.

This was a long burn with a fantastic payoff. can't wait to hear the sequel.

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Solid book. Hard to get into at first.

It took me a while to get into, but by the enf it was worth it.

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looking forward to the next in the series

it took me to the end of the book to really understand what was going on. the pieces of the puzzle came together beautifully

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Hamilton read by Lee, what else do you want?

One of the greatest science fiction writer of this age read by the greatest voice in audiobooks. It's is a very tantalising start to a new series, can't wait for the rest, this is pure Peter F. Hamilton delight.

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  • SV
  • 2019-03-08

Horrible narration

Couldn't listen more than one chapter. Story seems to be promising, but.. another time, I guess, when I have time for paperback.

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  • StrikitRich
  • West Coast of the East Coast
  • 2018-09-26

Wait For Book 2

I had patiently waited almost 2 years for a new Peter F. Hamilton book, and, unfortunately, as expected _Salvation_ is a 19 hour introduction to this new series. It's a series of short stories setting up the arc with the bulk of the stories being back story for the main protagonists. Anyone who has read his Commonwealth series will see many similarities, though this is not the same universe. While not a bad book, I was quickly aware that no real progress was going to made, just lots of groundwork being laid so my advice is to wait for at least the second book to be published where some progress might actually be made in the plot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-20

Fan of the commonwealth? Lower your expectations

I love the author's series the Commonwealth and had a hard time putting them down but unfortunately this one was hard to finish.

the Bland characters doing nothing of consequence that seems until the very end of the book makes it a tedious read that feels like a very very long prologue.

that isn't to say it is not well written it just feels like it is only the introduction to an actual novel, I can say that I will purchase the next book in the series but I hope it is not in three different time periods as well. It didn't really work out for this book

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  • Roger
  • 2018-11-11

Wait for Book Two

19 hours of which 18 of them were back short stories trying to set up a story.

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  • Charles
  • 2018-09-18

Waste of time

Maybe this tale is interesting if not involving, somewhere near the level of the Bobiverse. Ok, maybe that's hoping for way too much. I couldn't make it past chapter 6. The narration was just too impenetrable, off-putting, dense. Some of that might be the text, as there is a fair bit of description, some of it fairly technical, though generally I enjoy that if it's at all logical or at least possible. The narrator gives each character pretty much the same voice, so it's hard to tell which character is speaking at times. And he tends to drop his voice at the end of sentences to almost inaudible levels. Life is too short to spend 15 more hours trying to get into this one.

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  • JohnSays
  • 2018-09-25

John Lee not at his best

I really like the book -- the story, but John Lee is another matter. Which is odd because I have mostly liked his narration in all the other P.F. Hamilton books, but in this one his characters seem to meld together into some odd "Transylvanian" accent. Like something from a vampire cartoon. Not only that, but he will have an accent going for a character and it will shift into the vampire accent and I get lost immediately trying to figure out who is talking because now the next character has the same or similar accent.

He has used this accent more sparingly in other books, and I have not liked it there either, but one or two characters. Okay. I can excuse/live with that. But smeared all up and down and over all the characters. No way.

It takes away from the book because I am having trouble following the jumping from story to story, but add in not being able to follow who is talking and a mish mash of epic proportions ensues. I stop the audio, go back and try to sort it out. I can't always.

Lastly, who speaks like this? Honestly, just cartoon vampires from Transylvania. It's not even a thick British accent as some have commented.

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  • B
  • 2018-09-26

if Dan Simons and Peter Hamilton wrote a book

Far to much like other PFH books with a very similar structure to Hyperion. A fun read, but nothing we haven't seen before. The narrator was fantastic as always.

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  • greg h
  • 2018-09-23

not enjoyable said it all

thats it . it just drugggggggggggg on and on and on. and i usually like these kind

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  • Chris84Lake
  • 2018-10-23

Same author as Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained?

Hard to believe. My heart was pounding as the Primes invaded Commonwealth space. Compare that to this story...I have no idea what is was about or the characters in it. Depressing. I forced myself to let it play...day after day. It ruined my commute. Yikes.

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  • gabrielle harwood
  • Chino hills Ca
  • 2018-11-12

The accents drove me crazy

The story jumped about a lot, and sometimes it was hard to tell which time era it was in, there was no pause in the story, but it was ok, I nearly returned it but stuck it out to the end, if you like strong accents and a jump about story then this is for you.

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  • allen
  • 2018-10-11

Confusing

Story line jumps around too much and begins to get jumbled up so you are not sure what's going on. Started out talking about an alien ship then jumps to people playing some kind of game. then it goes on another seemingly unrelated story line. Now I usually follow most stories pretty well, but I just got lost in this and couldn't find my way back to how the different stories tied together.

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