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 make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry - and late 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.
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling Night's Dawn trilogy. Also published by Pan Macmillan are A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy. He is also the author of the phenomenal Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, and the Void trilogy: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void.