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In this novel from Peter F. Hamilton, Lawrence plans to rob a colony of their fabled gemstone, the Fallen Dragon, to get the money he needs to buy his place in a better corporation. However, he soon discovers that the Fallen Dragon is not a gemstone at all, but an alien life form.

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In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation. When his platoon is sent to a distant colony to quell a local resistance effort, it seems like a stroke of amazing fortune, and Lawrence plans to rob the colony of their fabled gemstone, the Fallen Dragon, to get the money he needs. However, he soon discovers that the Fallen Dragon is not a gemstone at all, but an alien life form that the local colonists have been protecting since it crashed in their area. Now, Lawrence has to decide if he will steal the alien to exploit the use of its inherent biotechnical processes—which far exceed anything humans are capable of—or if he will help the Resistance get the alien home.

"A fascinating, compulsively readable clash of hardware and ideals." ---Kirkus

"One of Hamilton's best. . . . undeniably a page-turner." ---Publishers Weekly

"Hamilton has a knack for complex, believable characters; his heroes have flaws while his villains act according to their own codes of honor." ---Library Journal

"As philosophical as it is entertaining. . . . an epic-movielike experience." ---Booklist

Fallen Dragon

Author Peter F. Hamilton

Narrated by John Lee

Publication date Nov 1, 2016

Running time 27 hrs

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