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Dead Silence

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The masterful and artistic way the story is told, events described and twist unfolds keeps you listening and paying attention for clues. The sequences on the ghost ship Aurora are outstanding, described in supreme visual and hallucinogenic detail, vividly bringing to life the famous luxury space-liner which disappeared twenty years earlier. I also really liked the way the larger corporations in this book play into setting the stage and some of the greater conflicts that exist in this story.

This is a novel about space travel, sure, but it’s also about other things: ‘‘Murder, suicide, confusion, and chaos without an explana­tion or any reason.Sometimes a coolant leak contaminates the oxygen, killing off brain cells before it can be corrected. Her last memories were of her and her crew discovering the Aurora, a luxury cruise spaceship that had gone missing twenty years previously, during its maiden voyage. After twenty-six months in close quarters, I’m ready to murder him for that as much as for the snoring that rumbles through the air vents into my quarters, keeping me awake.

The sci-fi aspects felt space-light and easy to absorb, for those who might be intimidated by spaceships.

Generic characters, unlikable main hero and the poor reader ready to cry with every sentence made this a book I just couldn't finish. He was just an investigator for my employer the last time I saw him, but now he is apparently the head of the whole QA Department. Barnes ably conjures the kind of haunting setting and atmosphere required for this Event Horizon-esque novel, providing an effective sense of immediacy to Claire's frequently shifting and at times tenuous grip on reality. Soon those things take the backseat as the crew hear things they’re not supposed to hear and start having powerful hallucinations as they work to crack the mystery. I feel that all these characters weren’t really developed to make a reader care for what ultimately happens to them as the story progresses.

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