The Temporal Void
by Peter F. Hamilton
Review by Mel Jacob
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345496553
Date: 24 March 2009 List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Peter Hamilton's sprawling The Temporal Void follows in the path of the mega science fiction novels that feature a diverse cast of characters with various adventures and misadventures. Larry Niven and more recently David Brin have shown the way. The Temporal Void mixes hard science with fantasy. In the far future, Hamilton's Commonwealth worlds' political forces strive to change the fabric of human nature. Bionic enhancement has become common especially for security forces. From official release/information:
Product Description: The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream's deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance...but she is fast losing a race against time.At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream's Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed.
(Source: Del Rey)