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Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking debut from acclaimed short story writer Derek Kunsken

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution.

©2018 Derek Kunsken (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Amazing hard SF heist

If you like hard SF and trippy science, this book is for you. It’s also a very fun heist story that is thoroughly enjoyable even if you can’t follow the science. A brilliant debut novel from a skilled SF writer. The narrator is also phenomenal; such a rich and varied performance. I love this book.

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Great find

The book was much better than I expected it to be. More and more was slowly revealed about the wonderful world the author created.

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Hard to follow - maybe it gets better eventually

I saw the reviews on this a long time ago, they were terrible, so I did not bother to download it. Recently it started showing up on my recommended list, the reviews on it were very positive, so, sheep that I am, I downloaded it, forgetting about the earlier reviews. I can safely say, the early reviews were spot on. The book is incomprehensible - I am returning it, I cannot even get to the end of chapter one!

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  • S. B. Bolin
  • 2019-11-23

Mouth noises overshadow the story

I forced myself to listen to the first few hours but couldn't finish the book. The constant lip-smacking, breathing, and various mouth noises were distracting and made it impossible to finish. It would be unfair to comment on the story since I didn't complete it. Nevertheless I'd be willing to give it a second chance and read a hard copy. I am asking for a refund will not purchase another audio book read by this narrator.

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  • Zach
  • 2018-11-08

Just when I had given up.... jack pot!

I read a lot of sci-fi because I like smart , imaginative stories. Sometimes I worry that I’ve read all the sci-fi that suits my preferences. I enjoyed this book so much. It’s has hard science combined with creativite concepts and creates totally fresh cultures / species. The Puppets blew my mind. The author reveals more about the cultures as the book progresses. Because reviews help me to decide I’m going to list some authors I enjoy: Joel Shepherd, Alastair Reynolds, M Banks, Hamiliton , Morgan, Donaldson, Asher , Watts , Robinson, Gibson, and others but you get the idea. I hope this helps.

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  • Jed
  • 2019-03-14

Good story. Fantastic narration

the story about a wormhole-based confidence scheme/heist is pretty good. but what really makes the book is the narration.

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  • Graduate Student
  • 2019-03-25

WOW

OH MY GOD this book is SO good!!! I'm on here actually looking to see if there's a sequel. I have just been blown away by this book. It's everything I hoped for...and more. I usually like Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, Greg Egan type stuff. It's so creative and original. He paints such a wonderful picture; I can actually see things happening. It's got some amazing hard sci fi ideas. I'll sometimes read something if it's got cool sci fi in it, but this one has amazing character development as well. I really cannot think of one bad thing to say about it. Mr. Kunsken, PLEASE write more!! The performance is stellar too. He adds a slightly unique voice to each character that makes it really easy to keep track of who's talking. Love the whole package.

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  • Helena T.
  • 2019-01-03

In my - ‘love to reread’ list.

What’s not to love about a story you can become totally absorbed in? I particularly loved the resonance of the different characters, in terms of their language differences. It was only the latter part of the story, during the heist, that I could imagine them more fully (that for me was a bit of a downside). Having said that, it’s so hard to pick a favourite character from the team - but the colourful language of Stills was some of the funniest cursing sequences I’ve ever heard. I loved them! Marie was amazing and much of her persona was given greater depth by T. Ryder Smith. If you want pace, this is for you. If you like the idea of the Ocean’s Eleven series crossed with Mission Impossible but on a galactic stage, this is for you. I gave this performance rating because ... T. Ryder Smith is an outstanding storyteller, reading this as the fast paced, energized story it is, but still left additional urgency for the climax. A thrill to listen to. I gave this story rating because ... If you think hard sci-fi is emotionally barren - THINK AGAIN! It’s science, yes; be prepared to laugh out loud, frown at some worldly atrocities, embrace the weird, and sealed with a kiss. Impossible - right? No: Derek Kunsken, is, a true magician of story. Overall, I was totally absorbed, and I can’t wait to find out if the story continues.

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  • pondo
  • 2019-04-24

Rigged reviews

It seems lately that audible reviews are rigged. I've gotten to the point where if I read a glowing review, I click on the customer and see how many reviews they have submitted (if less than 3 I disregaurd the review), Point being, this is a genuine review. This book is really good and well worth the credit. I listen to A LOT of audible books. Lately I've been coming across a lot of garbage, I've probaly got ten books in my library I can't persuade myself to finish. This book finished itself and I wished there was more. Further, T. Ryder Smith was a badass narrator, he did a french girl who was amazing, and a puppet that was also outstanding. Mr Kunsken really got lucky with this narrator, he simply crushed it, making the book come to life, tone and inflection was spot on at all times, Kudos. I personally thank Derek for producing a quality story that I thoroughly enjoyed and eagerly await the next book.

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  • Big Dee
  • 2018-10-13

Amazing

The book was a caper mixed with a love story. Very well done. The Narration was amazing and it was times I had to stop what I was doing and brace myself during a climactic scene.

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  • gjm
  • 2019-01-02

An instant classic

Imaginative hard science fiction mixed with realistic characters and excellent world building; the start of something that will last a long time. A throwback to thinking science fiction as much as action adventure. I won't go into detail. Buy it. You'll understand.

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  • William Ledbetter
  • 2018-12-07

My kind of SF

Loved this book. One of the best I've read all year. The author created a very rich, dark and interesting future for humanity,and one filled with amazing characters. Marie was my favorite. What a loose cannon! The complexity and imagination reminded me of books like "Hyperion" and "The Reality Dysfunction." Good stuff! More please.

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  • Joe
  • 2019-08-27

awkward reader - disturbing storyline

I started to listen to the book while falling asleep. The reader was really not very good. I woke up in the middle of the night to a weird scene with a guy being forced to strip naked and get into a tight little cage where "puppets" (little engineered humans) are grabbing at him and his privates. he unintentionally urinates in pain and the puppets are ecstatic to be in it. Kind of disturbing imagery with unsavory pedophilia overtones.

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