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Machine Vendetta: 3 (The Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies)

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I guess the first thing to note is that this book is set in a broad and encompassing universe that Alistair Reynolds has created. It's fun to see more stories set in the Glitter Band and also to be reminded why the Revelation Space Universe is the worst place ever to live. I would recommend the book to people who enjoy the science in science fiction and really enjoy a detailed and rich future world.

I dare say you could read it as a stand alone it is so easily managed but the full experience is all three (Aurora Rising, Elysium Fire). This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who. So why did she walk alone and unarmed into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organization?I’d recommend this series if you want a little more detective sci-fi and not quite as hard sci-fi as his other stuff. Quick recap – In the Revelation Space series, the Glitter Band is a group of thousands of worlds, each running itself as city states around the planet of Yellowstone. Dreyfus and Ng start working on clues that bring out vital facts about Aurora’s origins that might give them and Panoply a fighting chance at surviving her onslaught against them.

Every chapter reveals another layer to the far-reaching mystery, all the while building to a stunning crescendo in which characters old and new band together to face a long-dreaded scenario. Four years after the events of Elysium Fire, the relationship between Panoply and some of the habitats in the Glitter Band has deteriorated since we last visited. The Prefects are the cops of the Glitter Band, the ring of artificial environments orbiting a planet in the Epsilon Eridani solar system.Still, once things started popping a little over halfway through the book, I found myself racing through it. This is a book where previous actions have consequences and important and difficult decisions have to be made as a result, some of which are lifechanging.

This led to me wondering why she was always referred to by her first name while Dreyfus is almost always referred to by his last. Machine Vendetta" has everything: adults with the size and mental development of babies; bombed monasteries; secret cults secretly building a computer to trap two near-gods; upgraded pigs and lemurs: a mysterious mansion on a deserted asteroid; a 100 page section of non-stop action; two competing evil near omnipotent A I upgrades; long-lived interstellar posts human traders and their miles long ships; the list goes on. Yet Reynolds makes every action Dreyfus and the others take flow from the people they are so that we get a rich sense of what they’re like. Alastair Reynolds has produced a fine, fast-paced thriller in Machine Vendetta, the third, and apparently final novel in the Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies series.Now to be truthful, after all the years since I read the previous two novels, I didn’t remember much at all about them before plunging into Machine Vendetta. Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent future named after Revelation Space, the first novel, but I've done a lot of other things as well and I like to keep things fresh between books. Banks, I really appreciated the aspect of sophisticated agents using high technology, intelligence, and courage to "do the right thing".

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