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Salvation Lost

Salvation Sequence Series, Book 2
Written by: Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Salvation Sequence, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
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All the best in humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat in the sequel to Salvation - part of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett).

The comparative utopia of 23rd-century Earth is about to go dreadfully awry when a seemingly benign alien race is abruptly revealed to be one of the worst threats humanity has ever faced. Driven by an intense religious extremism, the Olyix are determined to bring everyone to their version of god as they see it. But they may have met their match in humanity, who are not about to go gently into that good night or spend the rest of their days cowering in hiding. As human ingenuity and determination rises to the challenge, collective humanity has only one goal - to wipe this apparently undefeatable enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means playing a ridiculously long game indeed.

But in a chaotic universe, it is hard to plan for every eventuality, and it is always darkest before the dawn.

©2019 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2019 Tantor

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Great story, well written, thoughtful and deep

Peter F. Hamilton has written some great stories over the years. This is another. It took a while to get into the story as I was listening to the book while studying for an accounting exam - not recommended - this series requires your attention... I had to listen to the book twice and may yet play it a third time as I am certain I missed a few nuances of the story (yes, there is detail that you actually need to pay attention to..). Enjoyed the storyline and the concepts which are quite unique and bring into play a number of concepts that I have not seen in other science fiction. Another nice aspect of this story is that it is not always clear who the good guys are - it is nice to have some ambiguity and shades of gray (almost like real life). The split timelines take a bit of focus and patience, but you can visualize the plot lines coming together especially towards the end of this story. From my perspective, the only con on this audible book is the narration - John Lee uses the same voices for different characters in different books, and if you have listened to other John Lee narrations, that will cause a bit of character confusion. Also, it would be nice to have a female narrator for the female characters. Aside from that, highly recommended and cannot wait for the final book.

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  • OlliespotBookReviews
  • 2019-10-29

Nothing better for me than the Hamilton/Lee combo.

The threat to humanity and the galaxy is finally taken serious by those threatened. I was blown away after just the first few pages. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, or for the author, whom I have the utmost respect of. But you know how some books will leave you on a cliffhanger, a big revelation and then take that story forward at the beginning of the next book? Well, Mr. Hamilton not only drops a bomb at the end of the first book, but sets the setting for an incredible continuation of the story from the very git go. Less than 5 pages in and he's already made your head spin with the epic giganticness of the Salvation sequence. Hamilton is at his imaginitive best, no surprise but extremely satisfying. 5 stars, all the way...neutron stars, if I had to pick.
Nothing better In the world than the Hamilton/Lee combo.
I am so thankful to #netgalley for being given an advance review copy

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  • 2019-11-17

Great middle story

I knew from the outset that this was the middle story of a trilogy and therefore would not be as substantive as the first or yet to be written third. However, this turned out to be an amazing story filled with lots of character development and lots of details and I enjoyed the story of immensely. Definitely would recommend

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2019-11-11

Humanity's undoing

Salvation Lost is Peter F Hamilton's 2nd installment in the Salvation Sequence series. With humanity recognizing the alien benefactors (Olyix) are in fact hellbent on capturing each human for an eventual offering to their god at the end of time, plans are put in motion in conjunction with another alien species that has dealt with the Olyix previously. Their advice is to run and hide, but humanity is not intent on going quietly into the night. Intermixed is a local gang of quasi-criminals believing to be doing odd jobs, but unknowingly working for the other side, as well as a connected family member who relates the alien invasion. Finally, there is a parallel tale, interspersed, 10,000 years in the future that is remnant of humanity still fighting the good fight who also encounter an entirely new player from Earth's distant past.

Hamilton continues much of the sci-fi elements from the first installment with the K-cells from the Olyix that were medical miracles turning out to be the mechanism for human subjugation in a most horrible manner. The 10k year advanced human have evolved considerably, while the development of neuroviruses allows for control of neural networks. The plan to destroy the Olyix takes shape, although they continue to be portrayed as a nearly unstoppable force.

John Lee's performance is simply spectacular and offers a wide range of characters with excellent distinction of both genders. His pacing and tone are perfectly aligned with the overall plot to result in pure ear candy delight that borders on diabetic coma levels of enjoyment.

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  • Joshua Chiartas
  • 2020-01-09

I can't with John Lee

If you've hear one book narrated by John Lee, you've heard them all. That Al Capone voice is horrible.

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  • Dan Griebling
  • 2019-11-16

Wow!

Great story, one of my favorites from Mr Hamilton. Can’t wait for the finale. The only thing that gets old in all his books is the “not so low key” socialist propaganda... it’s a bit of an eye roll at times but he is a great story teller and the universe is very interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-02

Some good moments

This is a good book, but feels more like short story . The back and forth between time periods is disorienting.

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  • G. Terry
  • 2020-02-21

Book 2 just as good

Book 2 in the series does not disappoint. Many characters and story threads skillfully told and woven together. I still HATE how John Lee voices 90 percent of the female characters. His male voices are very good but with one or two exceptions his female character voice choices are just horrid, demeaning, wishwashy, grating... as if that is what he thinks women are. He has a deep voice so maybe women characters are tough for him but....

As always Hamilton’s vision of the future and alien contact is fascinating and compelling.

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  • R. Morgan
  • 2020-01-09

"CLICKING Sound" in recording

Clicking in the recording of this series, both books now have it is really distracting, have never heard it before and it is becoming very annoying. Perhaps it is the editing sound as they go over the recording of John lee. His cadence is always a distraction but seems worse in these books, I will read the books from now on of Hamilton, John Lee is too difficult to understand. I like Hamilton but Lee...

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  • Robert A. Wicks
  • 2020-01-04

Another interesting take on an alien encounter from a master

Apart from his vivid descriptions which draw the reader into the story, one aspect of Hamilton's universes which often set him apart from other writers are his depictions of profit-seekers as benefactors of ordinary people and not parasites or exploiters. This is not the first time he's shown very rich people who genuinely care about people, but it is perhaps his best so far. His use our interesting technology and thought provoking uses off that technology are always entertaining.

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  • tekone
  • 2019-12-30

The combo can’t be beat

I got into audiobooks by listening to a few key combos of writers. One of my fondest memories of them was and is the Commonwealth series written and narrated by these gentlemen.

This series lives up to that combo and while I hope there will be more tales of Paula, Nigel and Ozzie these books are no less awesome. It’s a shame the next book will close the series but hopefully there will be potential for more side quests and stories!