Continuation of Hamilton's behemoth of a space opera, the plus page Pandora's Star , not reviewed. In the 24th century, the creation and control of stable wormholes and wormhole-driven starships make space travel simple. Humanity, colonizing the galaxy like ripples in a pond, has founded the Commonwealth and its ruling Senate; the richest, most powerful families have become Dynasties; rejuvenation and memory preservation allow for immortality; physical enhancements, implanted body shields and weapons and sensory boosters are readily available. Astronomer Dudley Bose discovered and later investigated the Dyson Pair, stars somehow hidden by force fields. Suddenly, the shields vanished, releasing the Primes, implacable, insensate aliens who immediately mounted a devastating invasion of the Commonwealth.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton Goodreads Author ,. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.
The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.
Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions.
And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next. Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than a hundred years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist -- the Starflyer -- has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo.
But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along, and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth -- agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?
Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published February 28th by Del Rey first published February 28th More Details Original Title. Commonwealth Saga 2 , Commonwealth Universe 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Judas Unchained , please sign up.
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [[Includes Void trilogy spoiler] I read the Void trilogy before I got to the original two books. Is that wrong? Jack Repenning This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Hamilton reserves the right to make up anything he likes, for the slightest convenience or color. Sure, until it becom …more Hamilton reserves the right to make up anything he likes, for the slightest convenience or color.
Sure, until it becomes convenient to turn them into a ship drive! Any Prime motile can start a new, independent colony, endangering the entire universe? Sure, until we need to wrap up a story line without genocide. Mellanie's a mindless twit? Sure, until she's a savvy newswoman. Until she's a partner of the SI. Until she's a scheming socialite. Until she's a helpless twit again, needing Orion's gentle protection Orion? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I listened to the audiobooks for this and Pandora's star and I can't, for the life of me, remember how Orion previously met Melanie.
Then they go into the sunset to have crazy teenager sex and slow down Tochee's trip home hide spoiler ]. The SI setup the infiltration so that it could continue its …more [The SI sends her to the Sheldon home in place of the escort that Nigel ordered for Orion.
The SI setup the infiltration so that it could continue its query of Ozzie on what he learned at the end of the paths after getting cut short the first time when Nigel took him. She meets Orion at the pool. See all 4 questions about Judas Unchained…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Judas Unchained. Jan 17, Evgeny rated it it was ok Shelves: scifi. I have a confession to make: the Grumpy Cat is my spiritual animal.
The confession was necessary because seemingly everybody and their brother loved the book. Everybody except for grumpy me that is. Let me remind you that in the previous book the humans of the future opened a Pandora Box and let some aliens with Highlander motto "There can be only one" out in the wild.
The latter happily proceed to exterminate our future race. End of book 1. This one picked right where the previous one left. H I have a confession to make: the Grumpy Cat is my spiritual animal.
Humans have two problems: external total extermination threat coming from the guys I just described and internal sabotage from undercover baddies. They - the humanity - tried to solve both problems in parallel never failing to fail sorry for a bad pun; I could not resist at both at any given moment.
The biggest problem was the pacing. It was so bad by the middle of the book I felt like my enjoyment of reading disappeared replaced by boredom similar to that coming from doing a routine bland job. Even when I was reading action scenes I always had an impression I was watching a movie about a snail racing in slow motion.
Really frustrating was the fact that Hamilton can write good action scenes please refer to last pages of his Reality Dysfunction book. If anybody would ever call for nomination of currently living scifi authors with the greatest imagination I would nominate Peter F. Hamilton without a second thought.
He could describe different location on different planets in such details that you can almost feel being there. Now consider that each scene switch starts with page description of the surroundings and that the action takes place on multitudes of worlds and places and you already have pages worth of descriptions creating the pacing problem. On the related note all of Ozzie's scenes can be removed from the book without disrupting the tale at all.
This would be like pages extra. Mellanie's as well, but I will talk about her later. Let me talk about the plot. We all love to read about an occasional failing of the police to apprehend an especially smart criminal - as long as it does not affect us; if it does we become very loud about it. The keyword here is "occasional". In the book the police and related secret services failed every single assignment. After about third time it all became very predictable example: the assignment - apprehend a bad guy.
Result: a couple of dead policemen and the bad guy still enjoys his freedom and thus boring; I was never a fan of Pink Panther.
Do not make any mistakes: modern police can be very efficient. What changed in the future? Please note again: Hamilton can write about efficient police work; refer to Great North Road. So the humanity is about to be totally wiped out but they are still reluctant to do any decisive action for the fear of hurting the aliens' feelings.
The latter killed billions of people on different planets and humans, having the weapons capable of dealing with the menace once and for all, are too busy singling Kimbalaya. If you think I am joking this is exactly what they did the second half of the book: tried to come up with the solution to avoid genocide while being killed planet by planet. I mean what does it say when the politicians whose job is to protect you care more about the murderous aliens than their own people?
Some time later I realized that if I switch teams and start rooting for aliens the book became fun again. At least aliens did not sing Kimbalaya. Last but not least: depiction of women.
Look Inside. But the Prime is not the only threat. The Starflyer, an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist, has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth and is sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?
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After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo , the Commonwealth's political elite finally acknowledges the Starflyer's existence, and puts together an unlikely partnership to track down this enigmatic and terrifying alien. The invasion from Dyson Alpha continues with dozens of Commonwealth worlds falling to the enemy. The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning superweapons, only to find that the alien fleet has been given equally powerful weapons. How the aliens got them is the question that haunts Admiral Wilson Kime. Could it be that the Commonwealth's top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer's agents, or is the truth even worse? To Mark Vernon , mechanic and general repairman extraordinaire, it appears he's landed on his feet when he finds the perfect job on the most secure world in the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Saga is a series of science fiction novels by British science fiction writer Peter F. This saga consists of the novels Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained Hamilton has also written several books set in the same literary universe. Misspent Youth takes place years before the events of Pandora's Star. Two additional novels, set in the time years before A. Like Hamilton's earlier The Night's Dawn Trilogy , the Commonwealth Saga is an epic space opera that extends across dozens of worlds and characters. The book opens with a short section providing backstory.