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Neal Asher
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5 Nov 2010 Agent Cormac 4

From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity. Those coming through it have been tasked with taking the alien ‘Maker’ back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud. Once these refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down – because something alien is pursuing them.

From those who get through, agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by pernicious virus known as the Jain technology. This raises questions: why was Dragon, a massive bioconstruct of the Makers, really sent to the Polity; why did a Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone who could do the most damage with it? Meanwhile an entity called the Legate is distributing toxic Jain nodes . . . and a renegade attack ship, The King of Hearts, has encountered something very nasty outside the Polity itself . . .

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (5 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033052139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330521390
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cormac series just gets better and better 14 Feb 2011
Polity Agent is the fourth book in the Agent Cormac series, a series I've been catching up with and thoroughly enjoying. The second and third books in the series, The Line of Polity and Brass Man, dealt with the emergence of Jain tech and Skellor's use of it and was a fairly self-contained duology within the main story. Of course, just because that sub-story concluded it doesn't mean everything is fine, far from it - Jain tech is still out there and Polity Agent hits the ground running.

As a runcible opens from 800 years in the future the team that were sent to return the Maker to its civilisation in the Small Magellanic cloud comes through in a panic, the Makers overrun by Jain tech. With runcible time-travel not recommended by the AI's of the Polity due to the huge power requirements and dangers it involves, this situation is used solely to destroy the Jain infested Maker civilisation and most of the Small Magellanic cloud. This event raises many questions, most prominent of them being the purpose of Dragon, the huge bio-construct that the Makers created and sent to the Polity. Meanwhile an entity called Legate is distributing Jain nodes to certain people within the Polity, one of these being Orlandine, a haiman who takes a whole different approach to studying the Jain technology she has in her possession, while another is a dangerous separatist leader on the planet of Coloron. Meanwhile Horace Blegg, the infamous immortal of legend, is slowly learning more and more about jain tech and of himself, while Cormac continues to discover more about Dragon while trying to limit and eradicate the spread of Jain tech. And then there is the King of Hearts, a renegade AI whose journey out of the Polity leads him to discover something very dangerous indeed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Oct 2007
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A strong follow up from Brass Man. We get to learn more about the mysterious Horace Blegg and the inner workings of the Polity. Its an intriguing world, with politics and economics controlled by AIs. Almost like Plato's ideal state, except instead of a triad of detached rulers we have a multiply of AIs who, when push comes to show does not rule based on cold logic alone. This is a fantastic book and, oh the action scenes! Grand space battles with masers and tasers whizzing through space and gory close up combats. Ian Cormac and NEJ (a space ship) doing some pretty amazing stuff on all levels. I cant wait to see where this will end. I mean it, I cant wait! I need the next book now, now!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Cormac novel 12 Feb 2007
The forth book in the Ian Cormac series following on from Gridlinked, The Line of Polity and Brass Man is another fantastic book with Asher again showing that he is one of the few British authors that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Iain M Banks (who incidentally gets a nice acknowledgement in the foreword along with Richard Dawkins).

Set in a time where inter-stellar humanity is governed by enlighted AIs, this book sees Ian Cormac again thrown into the middle of trying to save the Polity from the threat of the Jain. To call Ian Cormac a super-agent undersells the character massively. He is no one dimensional futuristic James Bond but rather an interesting and flawed man with a hint of mystique that might explain why an unaugmented human is in charge of AI minds magnitudes more superior to his. Other previous characters are also back, such as Mika and Horace Blegg. The storyline of the latter is particularly good as it raises as many questions as it answers.

The Jain have been previously mentioned in this series as the source of Skellor's (a previous adversary) abilities. Polity Agent fleshes out more details of the threat these Von Neumann machine-like objects pose, the history of the Jain and who is orchestrating the current situation.

Polity Agent is a gripping read, both involving and exciting. All in all, this is another excellent book richly deserving of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infuriating but so good 8 May 2008
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The last book I have read of ASHERS whilst waiting for the next to be delivered. Killing off some favourite characters - nice when an author has the guts to do this. Some very interesting revelations about BLEGG and JAIN tech goes nuts as does ASHERS brain to have written this. Gripping and action packed just how I like them. Such is the description you can vsualise pretty much everything. What a way to end though without the next one in my hand waiting. Buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, existentialist sci-fi at its best 11 Jun 2014
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Loving this continuation of the Polity/Agent Cormac series! Still reading, but would heartily recommend to anyone who cares about good science fiction!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Sci Fi 29 May 2014
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Fantastic ideas - Asher at his very best. You could describe the main protagonist as an autistic James Bond but without the womanising.
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If you like your SciFi to be a good long read then Neal Asher will definitely please.
The whole of the Polity universe is well plotted across at least 8 books each with over 500 pages.
I was finding that I was impatient to be home so I could immerse myself again each evening.
When you come to the end of one book you will just want to pick up the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polity Agent - Neal Asher
Loved it - check the series and read in order for max enjoyment of the series and the author`s mind
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I loved the book....I enjoy most books I buy. What I don't enjoy is being forced to review a kindle book once I've finished it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by happy reader....unwilling reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant .
The Cormac saga continues but its coming to the end , see my review The Line war for my thoughts .
Published 15 months ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody good
read this book more than once and been reading neal asher for about six years and never read a bad story from him yet
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I started reading SciFi at an early age with the likes of Poul Anderson and Isaac Asimov. I have bought every single one of the Polity books one after another reading them from... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars End-to-end brilliance
I usually only log in to write negative reviews (if something is so awful, I need somewhere to vent), but this is actually the first book that has made me feel like I should take... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Asreal
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I've recently become a huge fan of Asher's work after reading through the Cormac series. This book didn't disappoint in the slightest, but in all honesty needs some patience to... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Mr. W. Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Cormac takes to an exciting new direction
Brandy consuming Cormac finds himself in a perpetual series of unfortunate events throughout the series. Read more
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