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Peter F. Hamilton is one the rising stars of science fiction in the nineties. His epic space adventure, The Reality Dysfunction, was a major international bestseller, while his near future thrillers, Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder, introduced an intriguing new hero in the character of Greg Mandel, a freelance operative whose telepathic abilities give him a crucial edPeter F. Hamilton is one the rising stars of science fiction in the nineties. His epic space adventure, The Reality Dysfunction, was a major international bestseller, while his near future thrillers, Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder, introduced an intriguing new hero in the character of Greg Mandel, a freelance operative whose telepathic abilities give him a crucial edge in the high tech world of the twenty-first century. Now Mandel returns in a spectacular new adventure that blows open the possibilities of the next century.Julia Evans: billionaire, owner of Event Horizon, for fifteen years undisputed power behind the world's economic renaissance. And in trouble.With her computer-genius husband missing and rival companies suddenly claiming to have acquired a technology impossibly superior to anything on Earth, Julia has no time to notice an anonymously delivered flower. But this flower has genes millions of years in advance of terrestrial DNA.Is it a cryptic alien message or a poignant farewell from her husband?Only Greg Mandel can discover its origin, but he is not alone in his desperate search. A vicious mercenary killer, a jade merchant, and a high-priced courtesan all have a part to play.It was never going to be easy, but as Greg and Julia discover, simply being first in the race isn't nearly good enough as the Nano Flower starts to bloom.......

Title : The Nano Flower
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ISBN : 9780812577693
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Number of Pages : 608 Pages
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The Nano Flower Reviews

  • T.I.M. James
    2018-11-30 09:17

    I was a bit apprehensive about starting this book - I'm a big Peter F Hamilton fan, but as good as his earlier work is, it does not compare to the Reality Dysfunction and beyond. I should not have worried, this, the last of the Greg Mandel books shows a writer really starting to come into his own. It deals with big themes (especially the end), a rapidly escalating situation, some dynamic action sequences, while keeping true to the characters established in the earlier novels. There is a genuine feeling of life moving on between these books, and it is like coming back to rejoin old friends, looking in on their lives and seeing how they have changed. There is also the feeling that they have grown and aged, something that is often forgotten in novels.Greg is meant to be more of an advisor rather than an action hero, leaving that to his team and Suzi.Some good technology, some fun action, some shocking deaths, characters to love, to hate and at least one shocking death from a character that has been there from near the start (of the series) not the book.Well worth a read!

  • Tamahome
    2018-12-04 09:57

    It starts with a robot cockroach being dropped into a toilet. Tee hee!5/18 hrs - Good characters and tech, and the possibility of aliens. Now this is the Hamilton I know and love.16/18 hrs - Seeing some ideas from his next Night's Dawn trilogy. There was actually a lot of action around 9 hours. It almost felt like the end of a book. I'm sure some action is coming up now.All done. The conclusion was very 'organic'. There were definitely precursors to his later work. I loved the female tech merc character.

  • Readelf
    2018-11-17 09:17

    I really love the Greg Mandel books and would have given them 5 stars as they were particular favourites when I was a teenager, however on a re-read I find the concept of a conservative government and benevolent captalism saving the day (particularly as embodied by Julia Evans) rather galling. The concept is great fun though. An ex-army commando acquires a useable psychic ability as part of a military experiment and then uses his ability to set himself up as a private detective. The Psi Boost (mostly an empathic ability, which allows him to detect strong emotions) is believably portrayed and isn't overused -- Greg doesn't have superpowers and solves cases by being street smart and on the ball. The setting-- East Anglia after massive global warming and deprivations caused by an ultra-socialist government -- is also very good, both detailed and internally consistent without too much exposition of backstory. The pacing (which I find problematic in some of Peter f Hamilton's other series) is excellent, rollicking good reads if you don't analyse them too closely.

  • Koen
    2018-11-14 10:21

    “The Nano Flower” is written by Peter F. Hamilton and is the third Greg Mandel book of three. ISB number 978-0-812-57769-8, first published in 1998 by Tor.First of all I would like to mention that the illustration of the book is for e a little bit disappointing. The cover art is by Barclay Shaw and the cover design by Carol Russo Design printed in America. For me the cover is important and must have some relation with the story and the setting of the story. When I look at the cover it gives me more a feeling of really old-fashioned SF. Two people wearing a nice and shining overall and waving around with water pistols.The first book was written around corporate espionage combined with neural implants, global warming and high tech warfare. The second book was a murder mystery combined with quantum mechanics and the flow of time. The third book is all about Techmerkcs, space, alien life forms and DNA sequencing. Hamilton did a great job writing these three books where the story seems to flow naturally from book one to book three.However Hamilton doesn’t have the suppleness to create a credible female character with his writing style and I think he misses a chance there. This is a reoccurring subject in nearly all his book by the way.Below an abstract of the personages: Event Horizon:Julia Evans, currently 34 years.Royan, married to Julia.Danielle and Matthew, children of Royan and Julia.Rachel Griffith, now Julia’s PA.Kirsten McAndrews, Julia’s private secretary.Victor Tyo, Security chief.Peter Cavendish, director.Nicolas Beswick, Physics Professor.Eugene Shelby, attempted to snatch data from Event Horizon and offers 0,5 mio for the assassination of Victor Tyo.Eddie Loghlan, Institute security manager.Dr. Rick Parnell, Institute SETI project manager. Event Horizon’s hardliners:Pears SolomonsMalcom Ramkartra.Howard Lovell.Katie Sanson.Alex Lahey, armourer.Event Horizon Crahsh Team:Melvin Ambler, crash team captain.Josh Baily.Teresa Farrow (equipped with a psychic saq implant), also Charlotte’s body guard.Jim Sharman.Carlos Monetti.Dennis Naverro.Lesley.Isaac.Dean.Robbie.Lilian.Neil.Catherine Rushton, Pegasus Pilot.Maria Garrick, Julia’s pilot of the CHO-808 Falcon Space plane.The Anastacia, Orion Class Space plane.Greg Mandel, now owner of a citrus fruit farm.Elanor Mandel, Greg’s wife.Christine, daughter.Oliver and Anita, 11-year-old twin of Greg and Elanor.Derek Peters.Alan and Simon, helping out at the farm picking fruit.Mel Gainlee, also fruit picker.Suzie, former Trinity and now independent Techmerk.Andria, Suzie’s partner.Taylor Faulkner, Suzie’s client.Suzie’s Team:Jools the Tool, fitting out insects with camera’s. (Frankenstein Cockroach).Maurice Picklyn, hotrod.Josh Laren, small time hood.Amanda Duncley.Karen Naughton, Suzie’s alias.Morell, Microgee equipment company.Chris Brimley, programmer at Morell.Leol Reiger, tekmerc and Suzie’s adversary.Leol’s teckmerc team:Chad, Psi teckmerc.New London, Event Horizon’s hollowed out nickel-iron asteroid in orbit around the earth.The Celestial Apostles, illegal inhabitants of the asteroid.Sinclair, leader of the the Celestial Apostles.Talbot Lombard (Tol), technician of the Celestial Apostles.Sean Fransis, Govenor.Michelle Waddington, Sean’s secretary.Lloyd MacDonnald, corporate security chief.Gene Learmont, Bobby of the New London’s police force.Bernard Kemp, sergeant of the New London’s police force.Berni Parking, Duty commander.Kiley, Jupiter probe, sample return mission.Newton’s Apple, Clarke class space plane used for launching the Jupiter probe.Irvin Diwan, Newton’s Apple Captain.Meg Knowles, payload officer.William Tyrell, manager assembling bay 37.Monaco, still separate mini state and protected by means of a dome.Commissaire André Dubaud, Monaco’s deputy police chief.Casino and Hotel Halhari.Claude Murtand, hotel security manager. Charlotte Diane Fielder, art student and paid companion in service of Dimitri Baronski.Jason Whitehurst, wealthy independent trader and Charlotte’s patron.Fabian Whitehurst, 15 years and Jason’s son.Colonel Maintland, old passenger air ship bought by Jason Whitehurst.Nia Korovilla, maid at the Colonel Maintland.Ali Murdad, Charlotte’s former patron from Aflaj Industrial cybernetics.Eduard Miller, Mutizen’s Vice President.Horace Jepson, Channel Magnate Globecast.Clifford, Horace’s son.Melaine Jepson, Clifford’s wife.Sonnie, son of Melaine and Clifford.Government of England:Micheal Hartvourt, Minister of IndustryDavid Merchant, first elected Prime Minister after the PSP fell.Joshua Wheaton, current Prime Minister.Nova Kirov, Homestead in Greenland.General Vassile Kaunoskin, he served together with Greg Mandel in Turkey.Natalia, Vassile’s wife.Dolgoprudnensky, communist party successor.Pavel Kirilov, leader of the Dolgoprudnensky.North Sea Farm Company:Eliot Haydon, director.Judy Tobandi, security officer.

  • Sara
    2018-11-27 13:09

    This is the third book in the Greg Mandel trilogy (series?) and by far the weakest of the lot. Each book is completely self-contained, and I wish I'd stopped with the last one instead of continuing to read this. This takes place years after the last book ended. The husband of ultra-rich businesswoman Julia Evans goes missing before the book opens. She is sent a flower from him that appears to have come from space somewhere, as it features alien technology, but she doesn't know what it means or how it was obtained. Her good friend Greg Mandel, an empath who's able to tell when someone is lying, is brought in to help discover the origins of the flower.This book is far longer than either of the two previous installments, but the plot is by far thinner and weaker. I think this was meant to read like a cross between a thriller and a space opera, and it didn't really succeed as either. The flower seemed like a way to kick off the plot, but because the flower itself never seemed to be that important (or perhaps it was that important and its importance was simply not conveyed strongly enough to me), it seemed to mostly be a weak attempt to establish a reason for this book to move on. The majority of the book was more about shady business dealings and potential corporate espionage and trying to track down the high-priced courtesan who'd delivered the flower in the first place. There were scenes I found interesting, particularly when something was hinted at but not immediately answered. For example, why was there no record of a businessman's son's birth? Clearly there was more of a story there - and there was! But the majority of the book seemed to just drag along and go into technical detail with long conversations that didn't seem all that important. There didn't seem to be much in the way of character development, at least not for the characters who'd been introduced in the previous books, and because this story was set so many years after the last one, it didn't seem to fit in with the others quite as seamlessly as it should have. The characters felt slightly different and obviously a lot had happened in the meantime that wasn't fully explained. My mind wandered a lot while reading this book and I ended up skimming parts, simply because I was curious to know what would happen but the pages simply didn't hold my full attention. Overall, I'd say this was fairly forgettable. The author can clearly tell excellent stories, since I've read other books by him and enjoyed them, but this one fell flat.

  • Matt Schiariti
    2018-11-19 12:59

    I really enjoyed The Nano Flower..up until the ending...It's not that it's a 'bad' ending exactly, it's just that the latter portions of the novel get a little strange...the book's been summarized pretty well in the editorial excerpts as well as the previous reviewers' statements so I won't go into that in any great depth.Greg's pulled out of retirement (once again) by Julia Evans (you guessed it) because she gets a note from her missing lover Royan, delivered by a known consort (read, call girl) at one of her charity functions. Royan up and disappeared 8 months prior to the beginning of the novel but didn't go without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for Julia and company to follow. You see, Royan discovered something..something big..something that will change the entire planet's world view forever.Over the course of the series I found myself liking Greg's character more and more. The former hardliner and psychic detective for hire just wants to wind down. He's become more thoughtful and introspective over the years whereas in his younger days he was just about getting the job done. Conversely I'm still not sure how I feel about Julia Evans. I know she has the weight of the world's largest conglomerate on her shoulders and overall her motivations are altruistic. She wants the world to be better than what was left to her generation with the crash of governments and the global warming crisis. What I have trouble with is that while this trait pervades her character there are undercurrents of things always being about making a profit usually through shady business means. She's a complex character that usually gets her way by way of business savvy and much confidence. Her confidence will surely be tested before the novel is over. I won't say I hate the Julia Evans character, but I'm not enamored with her either.This is by far the most ambitious and lengthy of the trilogy. It literally spans earth and beyond. As I said, the end gets a little odd and the ending is a little quirky and I do mean the VERY end. As a matter of fact, this novel almost reminds me a little of Fallen Dragon in a way. That's all I'll say on that.At the end of the day an overall pleasing ending to a great sci fi trilogy. Being there's 17 years or so between the end of Quantum Murder and the beginning of Flower, it would have been nice to see some more novels in the series but Hamilton does a nice job with the exposition so it doesn't seem as if we've been left out in the cold all that time.Comment Comment | Permalink

  • Simon Mcleish
    2018-11-21 10:16

    Originally published on my blog here in November 2000.The third Greg Mandel novel is, like its predecessors, obviously flawed; unlike them, it is more a thriller than a mystery. It is set the better part of two decades later, when Greg and his wife Eleanor have teenage children, and Greg's friend and employer (billionaire industrialist Julia Evans) has a husband and children of her own. Had a husband, I should say, for he has gone missing before the start of the novel. The story begins when a flower is delivered to Julia along with a message from her husband; the flower, it turns out, is not from earth but contains alien genetic material. Julia asks Greg to track down her husband and find the source of the flower, which appears to be connected with rumours of an incredible new technology - also possibly of alien origin.As a thriller, the plot amounts to a race between Greg and Julia on the one hand and unscrupulous unknown rivals on the other to gain control of this new technology. This would be fine, and has obviously been the basis of quite a large number of enjoyable thrillers. However, The Nano Flower has several flaws. The characterisation, particularly of Julia, is inconsistent. Greg's psychic powers are rather different from those he has in the earlier novels, with intuition emphasised rather than empathy. Most seriously, The Nano Flower has a poor beginning, the first fifty or so pages almost completely failing to grip the imagination even for a reader who has already read both Mindstar Rising and A Quantum Murder. Though it picks up in the middle, the ending is also something of a disappointment. The poorest in the series.

  • Rob
    2018-11-30 11:15

    The final book in the Mandel series. It was very awesome. Just as good as the first, though different, and far better than the 2nd. And it's the only one in the series that can possibly be classified as a space opera.Note that you can safely skip the 2nd book in the series and only read #1 and #3 if you want. This one takes place 15 years after the 2nd book and the plot is not contiguous except for the introduction of a couple minor characters.Hamilton's story pacing, action sequences, and world building are the best of this series. The characters are many that you've come to love over the last 2 books. Mandel is an old man, but age has enhanced his psychic ability, and you see him combat other empaths for the first time.The only real disappointment in this book is that there was never an urgent feeling of jeopardy for the main characters like there was in book 1. The suspense somehow wasn't as severe, and Greg never really got stuck. That doesn't mean this wasn't a well-paced book, but that the focus wasn't so much on the suspense and action as developing a really interesting theory of an alien species that is far different than any other that I've seen. Really cool stuff.And the Epilogue is perfect.Overall, great series. Sad to leave the Mandel universe, and I've already started The Reality Disfunction.Note: read via Audiobook. The reader was excellent.

  • korty
    2018-11-16 10:22

    This is the first Peter Hamilton book I ever read although it is the third in the trilogy. I found it as an import, and thank goodness for that because if I had first encountered this book through the (original) US version, I never would have picked it up, because the cover is absolutely atrocious. That would have been a shame, because this is a wonderful near future cyber thriller. The first book is good. The second one I did not like very much. But this one is a classic. It is set in the UK and I had an easier time picturing the settings reading this than I did reading Virtual Light by William Gibson which is set in my home town of San Francisco.

  • Robert
    2018-11-28 13:09

    The third Greg Mandel novel finds Hamilton straining the limits of his post-Warming, post socialist tyrany, hi-tech world of psychics and corporate espionage: suddenly we have an alien flower and visits to space. This is a thriller more in the vein of the first Mandel novel, Mindstar Rising, than the formal murder-mystery of the second. That's probably why I prefer the middle novel: Hamilton is at his best when writing detective stories.

  • Tanya Korval
    2018-11-14 13:58

    For the final book in the Greg Mandel series, Hamilton gives him his biggest case. Greg's journey is well drawn and convincing: he's changed considerably since the first book and it's a shame to see him hang up his psychic powers. Hamilton caps off the series nicely: it's sad to see it end, but it's always good to see a series finish on high rather than left open for a sequel that never comes.

  • Richard Bickerton
    2018-11-26 09:24

    The last Book in the Mandel series. I have to say I am sad to have finished them. I like Hamilton's vision of the future,the characters and character development and story lines. As such I have read almost all his published work. It seems he has explored several time periods in earths future. Though the characters in this book were getting older it is a shame they have passed out of time.

  • William
    2018-12-12 09:18

    This is another fine Greg Mandel sci-fi mystery, with many the familiar and loved cast of characters of the first two books. The Nano Flower is creative and clever often, but truly a pre-cursor to the wonderful work of Pandora's Star and the subsequent books of the Commonwealth Universe.

  • Gregg
    2018-11-30 15:03

    Third in the series. I liked the others, but the main characters seemed out-of-character of sorts in this one. I put this one down much more than the previous and I don't think I will recommend this one.

  • Len
    2018-11-25 16:01

    The most "Hamilton" of the 3 Greg Mandel books and I also notice some idea he later expanded on in his other books. Fun read.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-10 10:17

    I've never met a Mandel book I didn't like

  • Patrick
    2018-12-04 13:12

    Enjoyed the first half or the "scene setting" - but found it then meandered a bit too much towards a slightly unsatifying conclusion . . .

  • Fatman
    2018-11-20 17:06

    I didn't think that The Nano Flower was as good as the previous two books in the trilogy. (view spoiler)[ The first two are gritty near-future cyberpunk (minus the ridiculous weapons). The whole alien plot and ending in the third one were pretty blah. (hide spoiler)] It sort of feels like it was written only to tie in the trilogy to the author's later novels (will know for sure once I've read those).But one can't deny Peter F. Hamilton's talent and great writing style. I don't like space opera, but after these three novels I'll definitely give some of the author's other works a shot.I tend not to comment on authors' idiosyncrasies, but one peculiar thing that really stood out to me was the number of men in The Nano Flower who are described as "balding" or having "thinning hair". Without exaggeration, two out of three male side characters are 'folliclly challenged'. In the shiny bright future inhabited by Greg Mandel, humans have brain implants giving them incredible memory and processing power, grow fruit on the bottom of the sea and have solved the problem of drought and famine in Africa. The very wealthy can even have an entire body vat-grown to order. Yet male-pattern baldness continues to confound the best geneticists of the era. Pretty harsh.

    2018-11-28 15:57

    Classic HamiltonThis novel takes the mind star series from sci fi crime to pure sci-fi. A self contained story, although good to have read the previous books to know the characters. Fast paced with sufficient plot twists to keep things interesting and stop you thinking too hard about the gaps.

  • Andrew Spink
    2018-12-08 13:07

    As always, Peter F. Hamilton demonstrates his dazzling imagination and eye for a good plot. The stereotyping is a bit dated in parts (a gay character who really wants to be straight?) but other than that definitely a good read.

  • Roy
    2018-12-14 13:16

    ok until the end which is poor

  • Bob
    2018-12-10 13:14

    Takes place several years later than in the previous books. Interesting to see the directions take by the characters and the future of the world they helped shape.

  • Tom Huggins
    2018-12-07 17:16

    Another great book in the series, really liked the continued character development Snowy, Ryan, Greg and all the rest.

  • Jordan Ricks
    2018-12-09 15:02

    3.5 Stars

  • Venatici
    2018-11-25 09:22

    Tekmercs, aliens, space flight, cyberpunk at its best. Best book in the trilogy by far. Finished in Inverness 2010.

  • Tony
    2018-12-08 09:06

    I really liked the first fight scene. It was what the series needed in the first or second book. I had always thought things were stacked in Greg's favour because of his psi abilities, but a fight where he was up against other psi users was epically done. (I feel like that scene could have spawned the mass effect video game series.) For me, that was the highlight of the book and then the rest was just par.

  • Greg
    2018-12-07 12:17

    WITHOUT PUTTING DOWN the first two books in this series, the third book in the remarkable GREG MANDEL trilogy is easily the best, and easily the most epic in a science fiction sense. The plot as outlined by the blurb on the book’s back cover is enough to give any sci fi fan permanent goose bumps, and along with the associated plethora of OMG moments the book provides, will guarantee the reader a hugely entertaining and wonder filled experience of the (third) literary kind. Seasoned readers of Mr Hamilton will recognise his writing style and his sense of flair when it comes to gifting his fans with examples of his extraordinarily brilliant imagination. The universe has never seemed so full of life, and so full of technology and potential as it does after you have experienced a Peter F Hamilton novel and this being one of the glory books, is destined to leave the reader with a stronger impression of the author’s genius .The old gang are back, Greg Mandel, Julia Evans, her clones, her long deceased (but not really) Grand Father, and of course Royan-but-not-really-Royan. Spoilers prevent me from explaining this last comment, as well as the context that he takes in the story. New baddies make an appearance from stage right, and they are led by a vicious over the top sicko baddie. New characters also appear, but it turns out they are not what they might appear to be, and of course the quintessential love interest plays a strong role in the story and this is just as beautifully portrayed and drawn as any love story can be by *any* writer, not just a hard core science fiction one. The ultimate question of humanity is posed here, as well, and is brilliantly answered by yet another new character that is in control of Event Horizon’s own version of SETI and of course (SPOILERS) *they* play a crucial role in the book’s outcome, as well. Page 161 gifted me with the story’s first OMG moment, and yet, remarkably, it was the second time I have come across this particular thought in a sci fi novel and this only acts to double its effect on this particular unsuspecting lover of fiction. The action never lets up once it gets going; and to be brutally honest, the book’s second half is better and stronger than the first. Some people dread long chapters in books; I know for a fact (from experience) that long chapters equate to brilliant ones that contain gob-smacking revelations when it comes to PFH. Naturally there are several such OMG moments that occur within these hallowed pages. So in summary: this book is awesome. It is worthy of a mandatory five stars. The bad news is that you have to read the first two books in order to fully appreciate this one. The good news is that you have to read the first two books in order to fully appreciate this one.

  • Rita Monticelli
    2018-12-09 16:23

    Scroll down for the English version.Perfettamente costruito, ma troppo calcolato e freddo sul finaleQuesto romanzo mi è piaciuto molto, finché non sono arrivata alla parte finale su New London, di cui non sono proprio riuscita a digerire la conclusione. E ciò ha per forza di cose un’influenza negativa sul mio giudizio generale.Come sempre Hamilton è un maestro nel gestire trame complesse in un contesto elaborato e a farvi interagire più personaggi ben caratterizzati. In questo senso “The Nano Flower” è l’anello di congiunzione tra la sua prima produzione ambientata sulla Terra nel prossimo futuro e la space opera dei suoi libri successivi.Sebbene la serie venga definita la trilogia di Greg Mandel, in questo libro Mandel ha un ruolo da comprimario, poiché è in scena quanto gli altri personaggi, o addirittura meno. Devo dire che questo aspetto mi ha un po’ deluso, poiché mi piace parecchio questo personaggio, che nei libri precedenti era senza dubbio il protagonista, e mi aspettavo almeno un suo ruolo più decisivo nella risoluzione della storia, cosa che invece non si è verificata. Il fulcro di questo romanzo è senza dubbio Julia Evans, sebbene neanche lei possa esserne considerata una protagonista. Più semplicemente può essere definito un romanzo corale.Meno investigativo dei precedenti, fatto che non è necessariamente positivo, e più immaginifico, pur essendo più lungo presenta un ritmo più incalzante e coinvolgente, reso possibile dalla sempre ottima prosa di Hamilton.Gli avrei dato cinque stelle, ma ho trovato tutta la storia di Royan, incluso il finale, abbastanza deprimente. Non sono riuscita in alcun modo a farmi piacere le sue scelte egoistiche nei confronti della propria famiglia. Le sue motivazioni continuano a non avere senso. E allo stesso modo ho trovato Julia troppo fredda nel reagire alla conclusione drammatica della storia di questo personaggio. Ho avvertito nel comportamento di entrambi qualcosa di profondamente sbagliato a livello di emozioni umane, che mi ha dato la sensazione che il finale fosse stato quasi elaborato a mente fredda, senza alcun coinvolgimento, perdendo ogni contatto con l’umanità dei personaggi. E tutto ciò stride col modo in cui Hamilton aveva scavato fino a quel momento nella loro mente e nella loro psicologia.Inoltre ho difficoltà a considerare credibile il fatto che un personaggio così potente come Julia Evans pensi davvero soltanto al bene dell’umanità e solo secondariamente ai propri interessi. È a dir poco utopistico, soprattutto se paragonato col futuro tutt’altro che roseo che viene descritto in questa trilogia.Entrambi questi aspetti hanno fatto sì che in me crollasse la sospensione dell’incredulità. Peccato.Perfectly built, but too calculated and cold towards the endingI liked this novel very much, until I came to the last part on New London, of which I am not really able to digest the conclusion. And this inevitably has a negative influence on my overall judgment.As always Hamilton is a master at managing complex plots in an elaborate backdrop and make many well developed characters interact in it. In this sense, “The Nano Flower” is the link between its first production set on Earth in the near future and the space opera of his later books.Although the series is known as the Greg Mandel trilogy, Mandel has a secondary role in this book, as he is on stage as much as the other characters, or even less than them. I must say this disappointed me a bit, because I really like this character, who in the previous books was undoubtedly the hero, and I expected at least a most decisive role of him in the resolution of the story, which however didn’t happen. The cornerstone of this novel is no doubt Julia Evans, although she cannot be considered the protagonist either. More simply it can be called a choral novel.Less investigative than the previous ones, which is not necessarily positive, and more imaginative, although longer, this book is more fast-paced and engaging than them, thanks to the always excellent prose of Hamilton.I would have given five stars, but I found the whole story of Royan, including the ending, quite depressing. I could not, in any way, like his selfish choices towards his family. His motives still don’t make sense to me. And likewise I found Julia too cold in reacting to the dramatic conclusion of the story of this character. I felt, in the behaviour of both, something deeply wrong in terms of human emotions, which gave me the feeling that the ending was almost worked out in the cold, without any involvement, losing all contact with the humanity of the characters. And all this clashes with the way Hamilton had dug up to that point in their mind and psychology.I also have difficulty to consider credible that a character as powerful as Julia Evans really cares so much for the good of mankind and secondarily for her interests. It is unrealistic to say the least, especially when compared with the far from rosy future that is described in this trilogy.Both aspects have caused my suspension of disbelief to collapse. What a pity.

  • Duncan
    2018-12-13 14:16

    An energetic story and much better than the previous sequel (a Qantum Murder). Overall an enjoyable read. The story is set in a post global warming England (UK no longer) where the New Conservatice government is completely in the pocket of the aerospace and power industry, and one company in particular Event Horizon. This self funded corporate giant dominates the English economy whilst paying very little in taxation, and maintaining its predominant position through employment of mercenary hardliners (and security on staff) who liberate commercial secrets, liquidate rivals and hack into banking systems to make fraudulent money transfers. The company is currently run by the daughter of the original founder who is herself a very keen systems hacker. And these are the good guys! And it's all ok because the saintly Julia Evans is in fact the only person who cares about the country anyway. You only need mention her name and everyone knows you're above board and justified and right. And they only kill bad guys anyway. Makes you worry some about young PFHs politics somewhat. Anyway the story is mostly one of corpoate espionage and shady and in many cases deadly dealing, with the significant complication that enmeshed in these deals is the hope of locating Julia's hacker husband who has gone missing. I did lose faith somewhat halfway through when the investigating team really messed up a potentially useful interrogation. They want to locate a particular 'lady of easy virtue' to find out where she's been and who she's been in contact with. They locate and interview her pimp controller to try and find out where she is now, but completely neglected to ask him about where she had been before, the bit they were really actually interested in. Greg, who was brought out of retirement specifically because of his espersense abilityes, seems to develop new skills we've not seen him use before, and not actually use espersense much. And his wife Eleanor, who was so on hand and concerned in the last book, is almost completely absent and not bothered here. So a few issues of character consistency here. However, I'm really reading htis as a matter of picking up PFH's back catalogue. He has written several much better books, Night's Dawn and Pandora's Star series being particular highlights.

  • reherrma
    2018-12-09 15:05

    Auch “Die Nano-Blume” ist eine rasante Mischung aus Detektivkrimi und Science-Fiction, ein Thriller aus der nahen Zukunft, in dem auch Aliens ein Wörtchen mitzureden haben.Dies ist auch der Abschlussband der "Mindstar-Trilogie", mit der sich der Peter F. Hamilton seinen Platz im Science-Fiction-Genre erobert hat. Die ersten zwei Bände heißen “Die Spinne im Netz” und “Das Mord-Paradigma”.Siebzehn Jahre nach den Ereignissen in “Das Mord-Paradigma”: Julia Evans, Besitzerin des Großkonzerns “Event Horizon” und reichste Frau der Welt, steckt in großen Schwierigkeiten. Das Callgirl Charlotte Fielder hat ihr eine Blume geschickt mit Genen, die von jeder bekannten irdischen DNA abweichen. Ist diese Blume ein Zeichen ihres verschwundenen Ehemanns? Oder eine verschlüsselte Nachricht von Außerirdischen? Es gibt jedenfalls nur einen Mann in Britannien, der die Antwort finden kann: Greg Mandel.Der PSI-mäßig aufgerüstete Greg hat es mittlerweile zum Großgrundbesitzer und Papa einer vielköpfigen Kinderschar gebracht, an der Seite seiner vielseitigen Frau Eleanor.Die Zukunft für die Menschheit sieht ebenfalls rosiger aus als zu Beginn der Mindstar-Trilogie. Die Menschheit beginnt, sich von den Folgen der Öko-Katastrophe zu erholen. Der in die Erdkreisbahn bugsierte Asteroid “New London” liefert einen reichen Schatz an Rohstoffen. Überschallflugzeuge lassen die Welt zu einem Dorf schrumpfen.Doch nicht jeder fühlt sich gleichermaßen gesegnet von so viel Reichtum. Die Aussicht auf märchenhafte neue Technologien schreckt Geheimdienste, internationale Konzerne und deren aufgerüstete Söldner auf. Ein wüste Hatz auf die ominöse Charlotte Fielder beginnt...Dieser Roman ist in vieler Hinsicht der beste der ganzen Trilogie, was auch die stilistischen Fortschritte des Autors wiederspiegelt, so geht die ganze Geschichte ohne erzählerischen oder stilistischen Bruch über die Bühne, die Welt 17 Jahre später ist genauso gekonnt extrapoliert wie die nahe Zukunft in Band 1 und 2. Die Figuren entwickeln sich teilweise in überraschende Richtungen, aber immer stimmig. Und das außerirdische Element bläht den Roman keineswegs künstlich auf, sondern verleiht ihm eine zusätzliche neue Dimension...