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The Rise of Endymionby Dan Simmons
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The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time.
The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.
But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike — monster, angel, killing machine — who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered — an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.
"The Rise Of Endymion, like its predecessors, is a full-blooded action novel...distinguished from formulaic space opera by the magnitude of what is at stake — which is nothing less than the salvation of the human soul." The New York Times Book Review
"These worlds...are brilliantly realized. Thus Simmons pushes his vast entertainment along unfalteringly." Booklist
"The high quality writing is apparent throughout this challenging, complex, and immensely rewarding quartet....This is brilliant, thought-provoking science fiction that transcends the genre in an intense but imminently satisfying read." VOYA
"As hypercomplicated as ever, though with less story and more explanations and padding; still, Simmons's scope is truly staggering, his inventiveness continues to impress, and the narrative offers something for everyone — at least some of the time." Kirkus Reviews
"A novel rich with power and passion, and an enormously satisfying conclusion to one of the major works of modern science fiction." Locus
"Simmons veers from plot summary and vague philosophy to some well-crafted action sequences. Readers of the preceding Hyperion novels will want to find out how everything turns out, but this volume does not stand steady on its own." Publishers Weekly
The conclusion of the staggering epic that began in Hyperion and continued in The Fall of Hyperion and Endymion.
The "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" named this novel a "Best Bet of '97", and hailed it as "a rousing, affecting conclusion, revealing the fates of Aenea, the teenage messiah; her lover, Raul Endymion; and their fearsome protector, the Shrike". A glorious finale to the "Hyperion" series, this bestseller will thrill Simmons' loyal readers, and capture scores of new fans drawn by the rave reviews for this book.
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