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13573419A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family – composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone “brothers” have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that’s what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who’d like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he’ll make enough enemies to ruin his career. Yet Sid’s case is about to take an unexpected turn: Because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood.

The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime. Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world’s political and economic elite…all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.
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Comments on: "The great north road – Peter F. Hamilton" (1)

  1. This Sci-Fi novel is set a century from now in which modern technology had improved so dramatically that light speed travel had been achieved, humanity had solved the problem of energy shortages, cleaned up the environment and has began colonising other planets. They main factor to humanities success was due to the North family, a very successful and well renown family made of generations of clones. Though not identical, genetic variations and mutations had crept in to each new generations. The 3 first generation brother had gone their separate ways. After a murder of an unidentified North clone found in the Newcastle river, Detective Sidney Hurst in set of a long and winding journey were he finds his case becoming eerily similar to a previous slaughter at a North household some years before. Angela Tramelo, the convicted killer of this previous case has claimed her innocence for years, and it now seems as if she was right. Only how she claims they all were killed is obscure for Sidney to understand. Aliens.
    It took me a while to read, as it’s over 500,000 words with the spine of the book being thicker then my head, I loved it. It felt like a series of books that had been put into one. New and exciting characters were brought forward with every step forward in the book, leaving you second guessing the ending. If you don’t like Science Fiction then this possibly isn’t the book for you. You need commitment and a fairly open mind and ability to understand basic scientific wording and theories to recognise the humour to the ‘Great North Road’. I believe it was well worth the trek to read it. It’s possibly suitable for people 16+ years just because of the topics covered in it. I’d rate it 4/5 🙂

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