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Orbus (Spatterjay Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
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Book Description

This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus – a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard’ lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected.

Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell. Vrell, having been mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, killing much of its crew, and is intent on heading back to the Prador Third Kingdom to exact vengeance on the King of the Prador, who tried to have him killed.

All three ships are heading towards a climatic confrontation to The Graveyard, where underlying truths about the virus are revealed and an ancient menace to civilization reappears…

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'Asher delivers a satisfying space opera full of adrenaline highs... Fast-paced fun.'

''A satisfying space opera full of adrenaline highs.' --SFX

'Rail-guns rattle off, pulse rifles fire out shots and explosions ring out. This is what Asher does best.'

`It is, like all of Asher's work, brilliant fun.'

'Yet another storming performance from the prolific Asher of high-octane violence, exotic tech, and terrifying and truly alien aliens. '
--Daily Mail

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The continuing adventure of Captain Orbus following on from The Voyage of Sable Keech

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (4 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DWC6M2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over eighteen books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn't intend to slow down just yet.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where can a war drone find some excitement? 31 Aug. 2009
In Orbus Neal Asher again takes up the story of the characters he last addressed in The Voyage of the Sable Keech (2006): the cantankerous war-drone Sniper and his sidekick, sub-mind Thirteen, escaping from likely reprogramming by Polity AIs; the Prador Vrell, mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something alien to his own kind and under sentence of death; and the eponymous Captain Orbus himself, seeking redemption for, and recovery from, centuries of madness on the Spatterjay seas by taking a job as the human captain of the off-world cargo ship Gunnard.

All of this motley group end up in the aptly named Graveyard, the demilitarised buffer zone between Polity and Prador space, where both races conduct a cold war of espionage and covert operations. Not surprisingly, they find themselves in the midst of much larger, and more dangerous, events than any had anticipated, as both the Prador King and Earth Central move battle fleets into place along their borders, the Golgoloth, a being long believed by most Prador to be myth, reveals its presence, and a secret long-concealed in the genetic code of the Spatterjay virus threatens to open the door to an apocalypse for Human, Prador and AI alike.

All of the ingredients fans have come to expect from a Neal Asher novel are present in Orbus: chapter introductions from How it is by Gordon, Artificial Intelligences who seem more human than the real thing, lovingly described and detailed aliens and technology, fearsome space-battles and a swift-moving plot. As usual, these all fit together seamlessly to provide an enjoyable and engrossing reading experience, and the new details provided about the universe of the Polity and its history are a welcome addition.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action all the way! 10 Dec. 2009
Neal Asher doesn't mess about, he's not quirky, abstract and sophisticated like Ian M Banks, he doesn't inject Tolkieneske fantasy like Peter F Hamilton and he's not got that clinical brutal cold sci fi feel that some of the books Alastair Reynolds has written. I like the work of all of these writers and Asher brings something different. Balls out action, gore, a sense of humour, proper monsterous aliens and gigantic planet destroying battle sequences all written with a pace and zip that makes most of his books impossible to put down. In some ways he manages to get that old school wiz bang sci but creates a totally contemporary and very british feel.

For new comers to Asher, please oh please do not read his books out of order which some reviewers seem to have done. I cannot for the life of me understand why as
this book in a line of three Spatterjay novels and if you aint read the first (The Skinner) how could you possibily hope to get the punch of the book. In fact, read all of the preceding polity novels before this one to get the fully rounded expereince.

It's a top read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters vs Aliens in the Graveyard 25 Feb. 2010
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If this was the future, and there existed a desolate, lawless area of space which was a contested no-man's-land between two implacably opposed galactic cultures and which was known colloquially as "the Graveyard", would you ever want to go there? Would you, in fact, want to venture within a hundred light years of the place? I certainly wouldn't, and neither would you if you're as pathetically cautious as I am. Luckily for readers of Orbus, however, the characters in Neal Asher's latest book are not averse to a little trouble now and then. And trouble - in spades - is exactly what they find in the Graveyard.

Ever since reading Neal Asher's The Skinner back in 2003, I have thought that the Prador (a race of enjoyably nasty and warlike crustacean-analogues from deep space) are among some of the best SF baddies to emerge since Terry Nation invented the Daleks. Furthermore I have believed it was high time that they had a whole novel to themselves, more or less, without any danger of the planet Spatterjay's entertainingly horrible and ruthless oceanic fauna stealing the show. Asher's 2006 novel Prador Moon came close to accomplishing this, the one caveat being that it was all too short, but at 438 pages, Orbus hits the bull's-eye.

So, what's to like? Plenty! As per usual in a Neal Asher book, there is no shortage of futuristic mayhem, as Prador engage in battle with one another, and with monstrosities even scarier than themselves, in a flurry of explosions, crashes, laser blasts, rail-gun duels and hand-to-hand (claw-to-claw) fisticuffs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Painted into a corner much? 7 Aug. 2010
The third book in the Spatterjay series and therefore not the ideal stepping on point for neophytes to the visceral space opera of Neal Asher's universe.

Our 'hero' is the sadomasochistic old captain Orbus, and already you'll probably be going 'eh?' unless you know exactly what is going on, though our point of view is mostly taken from members of that race of psychotic cannabalistic sentient crabs, the Prador, and a war drone with a penchant for swearing. Naturally, charecterisation suffers a touch.

But, forgive me for saying this, if you want characters, hit your Tolstoy. If you want xenography, hit Asher. I think he must have been attacked by a langoustine in his youth, because he definitely has an obsession with mad seafood, and if you can get through a chapter without finding at least one reference to 'chitinous exoskeleton', you're just not looking. He's usually first class at this sort of descriptive writing, but I think limiting himself to a bare handful of races starts to tell on his style - you can only write 'mandibles' so many times before you start to lose it.

It also suffers from a touch of the EE Doc Smiths - everyone just happens to be practically unkillable, so the weapons just keep getting continously more ludicrous - one character only manages to get killed when he is hit by a five-ton rail gun munition - which is entertaining, but does get you to the point of 'oh come on!', like when you were playing imaginary war in the playground and there'd always be some kid who pulled out the nuclear hand grenade.

The pay off is just about worth it though - a good couple of chapters that are solid space battle with all sides lobbing in against 'an ancient foe' and ships the size of cities going off like cheap firecrackers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I didnt want to put my kindle down.
Awesome futuristic action packed novel really have enjoyed reading neal asher's novels especially polity series always keep my eye out for anything in this genre. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good ending and another beginning..
Great read - as always can't wait to see what happens next . . . . . . . .
Published 6 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Old Captains never fail to entertain and Orbus is no exception.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Nuth
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't tell me how it ends, I haven't finished it yet
I'm not the only one to compare Asher to the late Iain M Banks it would seem. But where Banks is leftwing, Asher is rightwing. Where Banks is poetic, Asher is brutally clinical. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Thing
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Polity Page-turner
Don't try to inspect the social implications too much, just enjoy the action.

Although these later Spatterjay & Polity suffer from relentless shoot-ups and continuous... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles James Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillian read
Just can't get enough of Asher’s work. Brilliant plot amazing characters and a vivid imagination.
Can't wait for his next book

E Wilson
Published 12 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars sad it ended
Dear Mr Asher Please continue the Orbus journey into the Prador kingdom . One of my all time favourite books. Great characters , epic space opera ..
Published 12 months ago by Simon Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Like nearly all of Neal's work a great read, fantastic detail. More on Vrell and the Prador 4th Empire please!
Published 13 months ago by StevanMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Big fan of this series as a whole and this one does not disappoint. Neal Asher writes in a very entertaining style.
Published 16 months ago by G.Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spatterjay gets better and better.
If you try and review Neal Asher you will very quickly run out of superlatives. Just buy his books and revel in mind-blowing science fiction as it is supposed to be.
Published 20 months ago by Craig Mathieson
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