Mindstar Rising is the first in Peter F. Hamilton's hugely popular Greg Mandel series.
It's the 21st century and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now.
In a world like this, a man open to any offers can do just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment and carrying state-of-the-art weaponry. He's also been part of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.
As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point. And Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.
Mindstar Rising is followed by A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower to complete the Greg Mandel trilogy.
A pacey traditionally styled adventure yarn in which the reader can revel . . . Hamilton doesn’t mess about . . . the story races ahead with verve and flair
The plotting is tight and ingenious
Hamilton appears as a full-fledged SF technician, able to manage the demands of the genre without working up a sweat