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Prador Moon (Polity 1) [Paperback]

Neal Asher
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2 Sep 2011 Polity 1

The Polity Collective stretches from Earth Central into the unfathomable reaches of the galactic void. But when the Polity finally encounters alien life in the form of massive, hostile, crablike carnivores known as the Prador, there can only be one outcome – total warfare.

Chaos reigns as, caught unawares, the Polity struggles to regain its foothold and transition itself into a military society. Starships clash, planets fall and space stations are overrun. But for Jebel Krong and Moria Salem, trapped at the centre of the action, this war is far more than a mere clash of cultures, far more than technology versus brute force. This war is personal.

Prador Moon is one of Asher’s most shocking excursions into the Polity's universe of over-the-top violence and explosive action – a vivid, visceral, brilliantly intense space opera that you won’t forget soon.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330528467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330528467
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,419 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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'I cannot recommend it highly enough.' -- Daily Telegraph

'If you want sex, violence and excellent aliens this is your book'
-- SFX

'Sex, violence and giant crabs. Yep, it's business as usual for Neal Asher...Deep it ain't, but its a lot of fun'
-- BBC Focus Magazine

'a book of high enjoyment, dollops of gore and the occasional wry line...a lot of fun.' -- Death Ray --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A novella that doesn't mess around 11 Feb 2008
The human Polity, a society run by AI's with technology allowing them to travel instantaneously throughout the galaxy through the use of Runcibles, planet based systems that are run by the AI's. The Polity lives in relative peace, but now the Prador, a species of huge crab-like creatures with technology equal to that of the Polity is discovered. The first meeting between the two has now been arranged and it is with this meeting that the true intentions of the Prador become apparent. Peace is not an option that they consider, they require the immediate surrender of humanity, starting with the station on which the meeting takes place.

Following on from this first meeting, the Prador are attacking planets in Polity space that border their kingdom. Agents from ECS (Earth Central Security) are among those fighting the Prador on the front line, with Jabel 'U-cap' Krong being the most prominent of these, his nickname saying it all: Up Close And Personal. Present on the Avalon Station during the first meeting, he now fights the Prador successfully with many kills to his name, something difficult enough to do to a species that doesn't die easily.

Events are now bringing all the players to one system: Trajeen. It is here that tests are being carried out on a new space based cargo Runcible. Moria is helping the AI with the work, seemingly able to compute far beyond what is normally known thanks to her privately fitted aug designed by a fugitive. The Prador, finally showing an interest in the Runcible technology that they don't possess, are heading to the system with contacts in the human separatist movement that they hope will help them achieve their goals.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed. 22 Jun 2006
By G. Inch
If you are familiar with Neal Asher's 'Polity' series then 'Prador Moon' clears up a few loose ends. The Prador race were introduced to readers in 'The Skinner' and 'The Voyage of the Sable Keech' but this work paints in far more detail. A bit shorter than some of Asher's other works, but no less brilliant. In fact, you're swept along at such a pace that it's almost impossible to slow down. Fans of Asher's work will buy this book regardless of reviews it receives, but if you've never heard of the Prador, or even Neal Asher, fear not.....I'll spell it out for you. This is a great read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never eat crab again 4 Sep 2006
By R. Lock
First of all, I have read this book and therefore feel able to review it, not like a previous reviewer who has somehow been allowed to 'review' it yet admits he hasn't bought it and probably will not until the price drops... hmm...

Prador Moon takes you back in time (in the Polity series) to when mankind and AIs meet those crustacean creeps anyone who has read Asher before will know as Prador.

First contact quickly becomes first course as the Prador get to know humans closely, too closely.

A definite for Asher fans and even if you've never read an Asher SF novel before it can be read as a stand-alone-story and should surely whet your appetite for even more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars was promising but woefully under developed. 10 Feb 2009
The book is short like other people have commented but much worse than than this its under developed. The books reads like the first half of a book that didn't get finished. The climax feels like a middle section of a bigger story. I'm left puzzling how this got past an editor. The book should have been twice as long and far wider in scope. However, after reading the line war and Neal's handling of the war (honestly, putting in REALLY big numbers of ships doesn't make the battles more exciting) perhaps this was for the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just three stars 28 Mar 2010
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I would like to have awarded five stars to this book but it all felt a bit rushed and perfunctory. Asher's books are generally a good solid, even hefty, read and fill many enjoyable hours. Although introducing a couple of nice touches 'Prador Moon' seemed more like a long short story or a side tale from a much longer novel. The ending was satisfactory but quite obvious from fairly early on. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it and can recommend it to keep you up with the totality of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi 3 April 2010
Neal Asher has a way of writing sci-fi that is action packed, weird, technical depth, blah, blah... Start with the first of the series and you will want to read the rest. Prador Moon no exception. True sci-fi. Condition of book itself very good and a much cheaper way of buying them than from a high street store.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing 1 Nov 2006
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A shorter more compact work from Mr Asher but very well worth the effort. I enjoyed the narrative pace and the focus on just two individuals amongst a much larger available cast. This is an excellent treatment of interstellar war and gives more insight into just how efficient the AI's of the polity can be. And it's a bloody good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parrot Moon by Neal Asher 30 Mar 2014
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As a first dip into Asher`s universe, this a joyous romp of extreme weaponry, technology and thoroughly inspired ruthless alien predation; all spun around an advanced human society enhanced by AI. Explore this book and savour one possible future for us all. I could not put this book down, bring it on Mr Asher!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best but ok
I guessing this book came before the technican and orbus, the story's not bad but nothing in comparison to his other works .
Published 7 months ago by Simon Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, good, and plenty of potential
Fast paced, brutal, a bit of a page turner. A good and engaging read, albeit short, and as some have pointed out, doesn't make use of the potential it builds up. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Bjørn Perlsø
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A great story, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but thoroughly enjoyed it overall. Will read more Neil Asher
Published 10 months ago by Jon M. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Riotous fun!
A fantastic tale. Fast paced and descriptive as ever. Once again Neal Asher has you gripped from the first page to the last.
Published 14 months ago by AOD
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not outstanding
It is set on the outer reaches of the Polity universe that Asher has created, this is about humans encountering alien life. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant.
Neal is one of a handful of writers who you can depend upon for original stories you will not want to put down. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Craig Mathieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Sci fi
Prador Moon is the first book I have read by this author and I was very, very impressed!! Action packed and it has a great sci fi feel I'm always looking for. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
Have read the Cormac series of books and loved them.
As this book is a prequel to those I thought it might take some getting into. How wrong could I be. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr J B Puddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting
Not Asher on top form, and a novella rather than a novel, but an interesting and entertaining expansion of his polity universe. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars superbissimo
.. this book ticks every box: decent plot, thoughtful credible and plausible future science and technology, believable characters. Read more
Published 20 months ago by stupormundi
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