|Plot Summary of Fallen Dragon|
Aspect, Mar 2002, 25.95, 630 pp.
In the twenty-fifth century, after serving twenty years as a mercenary plundering planetary colonies for his employer the Zantiu-Braun Corporation, has left a wary Skin Lawrence Newton without a dream except for buying back his contract. The latest looting of Zantiu-Braun Third Fleet including Lawrence is the Thrallspring. However, to the Skin's and their parent company's shock, a planetary resistance led by schoolteacher Denise Ebourn proves reasonably successful.
Lawrence soon learns that the planet contains special alien technology not included on the firm's asset loot list. One Particular item that would enable him to traverse the time and space continuum to correct a misdeed from his past interests Lawrence. However, he must deal with Denise and her freedom fighters as well as hide his plan to take care of himself while thwarting his employer's latest value cleansing.
Peter Hamilton is at his best with this complex interplanetary thriller. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action that never ceases yet Thrallspring and the key characters seem genuine because they are fully developed and three-dimensional. Readers feel Lawrence's frustration and bone wariness while understanding Denise's ferocious loyalty and need to protect her planet's people and assets from the invaders. FALLEN DRAGON is futuristic science fiction at its most intelligent, speculative, and exciting best.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"An excellent telling of a future that has gone corporate and business drives most of the decisions and actions of the "bad guys""
William Rawls, Resident Scholar
|"This is a multi-faceted story exploring the advancement of human society several hundred years in the future. It is a techno-heavy story. It has an ostensible framework based on war, and has several rather interesting concepts. But it is truly an exploration of society and how we may develop. There is an underlying humanitarian edge to the main character as well. Overall a really really enjoyable story."
Wes Monkey, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Fallen Dragon|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- largely backwards/past
- method of transportation
War or Invasion
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Time Travel story?
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
- average physique
- Domed/Underground City
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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