Empire of Light: Shoal, Book 3

  • by Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by Charlie Norfolk
  • 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the third Shoal book, the nova war has begun to spread as the Emissaries force the Shoal into a desperate retreat. While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible for creating the Maker caches, Corso, left in charge of a fleet of Magi ships, finds his authority crumbling in the face of politically-motivated sabotage. If any hope exists at all, it lies in an abandoned asteroid a thousand light-years away, and with Ty Whitecloud, the only man alive who can decipher messages left behind by an ancient starfaring race. Unfortunately Whitecloud is imprisoned aboard a coreship adrift in space, awaiting execution for war crimes. But if humanity has any hope of survival, Corso is going to have to find some way to keep him alive - and that's only if Dakota doesn't kill him first.

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What the Critics Say

"Gripping, imaginative and morally complex...adds up to a compulsive read." (SFX)
"[S]takes his claim to be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers." (The Guardian)
"A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure ... intelligently written and thought-provoking." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What A Corker!

Gary Gibson is a new author to me. Heard about some of his stories a while back but couldn’t get in to them. I’d heard good things about the Shoal series and WHAM! I was hooked!



Great inventive writing. Galaxy spanning concepts. Really believable human characters.



No spoilers. But if you try one new author this year give GG’s Shoal Series a run.



Also, a shout out to the narrator, Charlie Norfolk. Good job! A difficult set of characters and a job well done.

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- scotty

Enjoyable, but light.

I've enjoyed this trilogy - a great epic space opera with loads of alien tech, action and well written characters - but, unfortunately, this final part lost some pace and depth for me. All the colourful villains, ships and political intrigues got left behind (literally) as the core characters went off in search of the Big Weapon; and the journey just lasted way too long I'm afraid. I'd still recommend the series - it's brilliantly narrated - but only as a fun slice of scifi escapism.
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- M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios