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am 16. November 2011
Der Telepathenkrieg ist vorbei und Bester hat ihn verloren.
Viele seiner einstigen Verbündeten haben sich die eigene Freiheit erkauft, indem sie ihn verraten und ihm die Schuld an ihren Gräueltaten untergeschoben haben, und so wird er selbst seit Jahren als der Schlimmste aller Kriegsverbrecher gejagt.
Des Davonlaufens müde hat er nur einen Wunsch: Endlich nach Hause zurückzukehren, auf die Erde, zurück nach Paris, in jene Stadt, die ihn schon in seiner Jugend mit dem Zauber ihres Flairs und dem Muster ihres "White Noise" für sich eingenommen hatte.
Dort - am unwahrscheinlichsten Ort - findet er das, womit er nicht gerechnet hätte: Die Liebe seines Lebens. Ausgerechnet in der Person der "Normalen" Louise, der jungen Inhaberin einer kleinen Pension, deren Leben von kleinkriminellen Schutzgelderpressern zur Hölle gemacht wird.
Doch ein drohender Schatten hängt nach wie vor über seiner neuen Existenz, denn noch immer ist ihm Garibaldi dicht auf den Fersen...

Im dritten Teil erleben wir ein komplett anderes Bild des bisher so verbittert und skrupellos erscheinenden Ex-Psi Cops. Bester als Privatmensch. Zusammen mit Louise von seiner sensibelsten Seite... humorvoll, schlagfertig, einfühlsam...
Auch wenn ein Großteil der Geschichte nicht gerade vor Action strotzt, ist es interessant zu lesen, wie sich die Beziehung zwischen Luise und Al alias "Claude" entwickelt, während sie gemeinsam die Wohnung renovieren, zusammen spazieren oder auch einfach nur einkaufen gehen, und amüsant zu beobachten, wie Bester sich - unter seiner neuen Identität - als Buchkritiker einer renommierten Zeitung mit grundsätzlich vernichtenden Rezensionen rasch einen Namen macht.

Trotz dieser durchaus wohlwollenden Darstellung macht Keyes aber nicht den Fehler, Bester gänzlich als Opfer zu verklären. So werden auch in diesem Buch seine dunkelsten und abgründigsten Wesenszüge aufgezeigt, etwa wenn er eines Nachts eben jenen Schutzgelderpresser mental seziert, der zuvor Louise bedroht hatte. Nach wie vor ist er sich nicht zu schade, andere Menschen zu benutzen, und schreckt vor nichts zurück, wenn er sich und seine Ziele bedroht sieht.
Dabei bleibt es wiederum dem Leser überlassen, am Ende für sich zu entscheiden, wem von beiden man "moral high ground" zugesteht, Bester oder dem von Rache getriebenen Garibaldi und mit ihm allen, die als Sieger die Geschichte nach ihrem eigenen Gutdünken schreiben können.

Dennoch wage ich zu behaupten, dass man im Finale schon ein Stein sein müsste, um nicht mit Bester zu leiden, der in diesem Band alles gewinnt - alles, was ein Leben im Dienste seiner Telepathen ihm nie geben konnte - und wieder alles verliert... aus Rücksicht auf eine bloße "Normale".
Persönlich konnte ich nicht umhin, im showdown Michael-"hau drauf"-Garibaldi (den ich, wie ich zugebe, schon während der Serie nicht wirklich mochte) doch sehr zu wünschen, er möge über die Treppe fallen und sich das Genick brechen, was natürlich nicht passiert...
Das Ende der Geschichte hat mich aber letztlich mit der ganzen Tragik versöhnt.

Aus meiner Sicht ist dies der beste Teil der Telepathen Trilogie - charaktertechnisch der Überzeugendste - und ein wirklich würdiger und befriedigender Abschluss.
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am 27. März 2003
You can often read in reviews that you "feel nearly sorry for the bad guy". Not in this book. There is no "nearly". You actually feel VERY sorry for Bester, the tragic "hero" of this last installment of the telepath trilogy. Hardly ever have I read about an evil character and so much rooted for him til the end.
Why is that? Well, for the first part, the supporting characters always were the ones which gave the Babylon 5 universe much of its life. There was Mr. Morden, Vir, Kosh, Marcus or that certain Mr. Bester who always was a very intriguing character. Now we have the final duell between him, the cunning trickster, and Garibaldi, the one-dimensional hothead who always was on the brink of annoying the viewers five B5 seasons long. No wonder so that you are cheering Bester, not Garibaldi.
Especially when Besters characterization is at its top in this book. He was formed in the second book of this trilogy, and now he is an old, disillusioned war criminal searching for... well what? You can't say for sure but surprisingly, what he is finding is - love. And the way the plot evolves is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, sometimes it even causes despair - but it#s always a decent continuation of the Babylon 5 epic which, once more, leaves the question: WHY, Mister Straczynski, WHY did you flush season five down the "quality toilet" if you had SUCH splendid ideas in your mind??? That's the most tragic thing about this...
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am 14. Oktober 1999
In true serialized novel form, I couldn't wait for the final book after reading the first two books of the trilogy. After the discovery of telepaths, the birth of the Psi-Corps, the growth of the resistance, the ironic twisting of its prodigy into the vistage of Bester (who has always been an exquisitely credible B5 supporting character in his own rite), I eagerly awaited the climax. Instead, I was treated to the denoumount. The authors (both writer and outliner) decided it best to skip decades of monumental struggle and go straight from "Bester Ascendent" to "Bester Descendent"---apparently "Bester at Apogee" wasn't worth attending to at this time. Or maybe (my best hope) I justed missed the third book and picked up the fourth by mistake. Don't be mistaken: this book as well as the entire trilogy is a fine read. Mr. Keyes writes believable dialogue and the B5 universe lends itself well to the novel form in the hands of such an excellent craftsman. Quite frankly, it offers a better "B5 fix" than the entirety of "Crusade-The Series" (which reminds me that-- in addition to skipping over the entire Psi-War-- people in the book speak about the Drahk Plague the same way we'd talk about the inconvenience of Arab Oil Embargo and speak about "the Excalibur expeditions" with the same awe and respect that characters in other SciFi story lines speak of old Jim Kirk's five-year run with the Enterprise---spooky...but I digress). Bester's characterization here seems discontinuously at odds with his portrayal elsewhere (including earlier in the same book). Is the sloppy Bester at the end of novel really the same man who handily disposes of a whole crew of hunter-telepaths in the prologue? Is the puppy love-sick septegenarian (with a MUNDANE?!?)really the same man who betrayed his first real true love to the Corps (a fellow Teep, no less) in the second novel? Isn't that deus-ex-virus which suddenly pops to offer Garabaldi a lead just a little too convenient a plot device? Enjoy the book [you know you've got to read it]. Try not to judge it against your expectations following the first two books. Hope the authors get around to back-writting Book #3. Grow accustomed to being beast of burden to other peoples' needs.
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am 5. Oktober 1999
I just finished Final Reckoning this morning after reading it straight through. It is one of those books that you just cannot put down. This book neatly ties up the story of Babylon 5's Psi-Corps and it own personal Hitler, Alfred Bester. The story jumps between Bester and the one man with the will, and resources to hunt him across the galaxy, Michael Garabaldi. FR:TFOB provides a fresh and unique perspective on Bester. We see Bester the renegade, the romantic, the martyr. We also see just how driven Garabaldi is by his thirst for revenge. Garabaldi's actions are driven by he anger towards the former PsiCop's interference in his life, the deaths of Talia Winters and Lyta Alexander, the conditioning which resulted in Sheridans capture, and the blocks that drove him back into the bottle. Some of the best moments are right towards the end. The final confrontation between Bester and Garabaldi, Bester's trial, and his years in a prison he created to hold rogues all neatly sum up the life of the most ruthless telepath to walk the Earth. One of the last images is Bester musing of the statues of the new "founders" of the new Pseudo-PsiCorps, His real parents, Matthew and Fiona Dexter, the founders of the telepathic resistance and their baby Steven Kevin Dexter, their hope for the future, ironically. Ironic that the resistance's, from Dark Genisis, hope was the baby that grew into the ideal PsiCop, Alfred Bester. "The Corps was mother. The Corps was father" and in the end, the sole mourner. No one, not even Bester's own son, would ever mourn for him except the memory of the old order, his Psi-Corps.
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am 19. Oktober 1999
But for you who require the extra push to read this book, I offer the following.
J. Gregory Keyes has woven a tapesty of dichotomous themes; pain/happyness, fear/hope, trust/betrayal, truth/lies, apathy, hate and love. Through this account he causes the examination of life, redemption and our own warped sense of history.
I was surprised by the emotions this story invoked in me. In Babylon 5 Bester was seen as a true Machiavelli, hated and admired for his wit and cunning. Garibaldi was a no-nonsense, get it done some how guy. But are they not the same? In 257 pages Keyes has over turned what was thought to be the near black and white roles of Bester and Garibaldi. Keyes, unlike many authors writing from other peoples plots, has kept continuity in the charicters, while opening a window into those parst of these men normally kept hidden. I feel I have found a new friend and confidant. By whatever name Bester uses he is wise, loyal and the best. While Garibaldi, like all fish, has acquired a stench.
However you feel at the end of this book I'm sure you will agree with Mr. Bester, "We can cut away chaff, but we can't improve the quality of genious in a good writer . . ."
NOTE: When you get to the end DO NOT read the excerpt right then. Come back to it later. All quotes are from the novel
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am 5. Oktober 1999
After reading the first two books in this series I must admit that I was enthusiastically waiting for this book to come out.
I hate to say that I was extremely disappointed. I believe this was definitely based on a story outline by JMS, it has his fingerprints all over it.
In JMSs world no one is truly evil for evil's sake. They all have motives and reasoning behind their actions. As fans of the series know Bester would do anything for Psi-Corp. The corps is mother, the corp is father weren't just words to him.
That's fine, I don't disagree with any of that. But, don't give me this crap that Bester is going to change his spots and turn into a sad figure in his own way.
Bull*#$%...Bester would never let other perceive him this way. Not even a normal he professed to love. If you wanted to generate sympathy on some level don't do it this way.
Bester had his reasons for acting like he did his entire life. He remembered and embraced that life again at the end. Don't waste my time with 2/3 of this book giving me a new Bester personality.
They should have cut this down and made this a two book series.
Nice try guys but this falls way short of the mark.
Thanks for letting me air my opinion.
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am 16. Oktober 1999
This book stands on its own as a good piece of popular SF. It's not a classic by any means, but it is very good none the less. Too often TV-tie-in books are mediocre efforts that rely on the popularity of the show to attract readers. This book is well written and the characterizations are excellent. I really enjoyed the depth of Bester's character.
The story doesn't have the grand "space opera" scale usual for Babylon 5. In fact most of the story takes place in a single neighbourhood in Paris. The action is in the landscape of Bester's life and personality (with a few less interesting day trips into the mind of Garibaldi). To me that's a refreshing change from the overly plot-driven and poorly characterized stories usual in this genre.
Bester is a challenging and subtle character who I think would be interesting even without the SF-trappings and he easily ranks as one of the more interesting villains I've encountered.
If you want epic space-battles and non-stop action, this book is not for you. Nor is it if you like your good-guys and bad-guys in clear black and white. But if you'd like a decent detective novel with an interesting villian, give it a try.
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am 4. November 1999
The series was named 'The Psi Corps Trilogy'. Yet the 3rd book in the series has almost nothing to do with the Psi Core (or rather it's reminents) at all. Granted it was well written and the storyline was very smooth and believable, but the focus is too much on Bester. We are tempted in the first two books with the construction and corruption of the Psi Core, but instead of dealing with the 'fall of Psi Core', the 3rd book wants to switch pace and tell a tragic love story. If they wanted to do this then at the very least give us the satisfaction of seeing Garibaldi get his revenge. What we see instead is a very anti-climactic and small-scale ending to a plot element that has had viewers of the television show wondering about since the 4th season . 'What will Garibaldi's revenge on Bester be?' - I never imagined it would be a few punches thrown in a back alley somewhere in Paris. In review this book, while a good story, did not match the story thread begun in the first two books. It also robbed faithful viewers of seeing one of Bester's greatest victims vindicate himself against his foe.
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am 4. Oktober 1999
The mystery is finally solved...we know what happened to Alfred Bester. And it seemed to me to be a fitting end...trapped in the web he himself used for years. Keyes truly must be a fan...he nailed the personality of Bester and Garibaldi. Every line out of Michael's mouth seemed right on target, as did Bester's professions that he wasn't guilty of any wrongdoing. Even the final confrontation between the two, while not what I had hoped to see, seemed very fitting. Only disappointment...no real details of the telepath war. Maybe that will be another book...or a mini-series! Hope the other two trilogies live up to this wonderful start.
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am 12. Oktober 1999
By far, my biggest disappointment -- and that from something (presumably) out of the control of the author himself -- was that the back cover made references to the Telepath War and Sheridan, neither of which were issues in this book! When the time frame became obvious in the first chapter, I immediately had to stop where I was and skim the rest of the book for some indication of a flashback or something to tie in the information I was expecting! After realizing it was not to be, I enjoyed the story for what it was, although with a lingering disappointment for what it was not.
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