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The Departure (Owner Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
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The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need twelve billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level.

This is the world Alan Saul wakes to, travelling in a crate destined for the Calais incinerator. How he got there he doesn’t know, but he remembers pain and his tormentor’s face. He also has company: Janus, a rogue intelligence inhabiting forbidden hardware in his skull. As Janus shows Saul an Earth stripped of hope, he resolves to annihilate the Committee and their regime. Once he’s discovered who he was, and killed his interrogator . . .

‘Full-tilt action sequences … Delivers plenty of thrills’ SFX

‘Fast, dramatic stuff … definitely not one for the faint hearted’ SFFWorld.com

‘I had an absolute blast with this book … his work really does get better and better’ FalcataTimes blog

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The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need twelve billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to, travelling in a crate destined for the Calais incinerator. How he got there he doesn’t know, but he remembers pain and his tormentor’s face. He also has company: Janus, a rogue intelligence inhabiting forbidden hardware in his skull. As Janus shows Saul an Earth stripped of hope, he resolves to annihilate the Committee and their regime. Once he’s discovered who he was, and killed his interrogator . . . ‘Full-tilt action sequences … Delivers plenty of thrills’ SFX ‘Fast, dramatic stuff … definitely not one for the faint hearted’ SFFWorld.com ‘I had an absolute blast with this book … his work really does get better and better’ FalcataTimes blog

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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.

http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just different 9 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read a lot of disappointed reviewers' comments on this book before I bought it. I've read all of Neal Asher's 'Polity' novels which I have enjoyed immensely so bought it anyway but expected to come away hugely disappointed.

Well, I didn't. I thought it was a good story in its own right and echoed many themes used in 'Polity' novels from a different perspective and within a more familiar framework.

I think many people may have been disappointed by the fact that the main character, Alan Saul, is not particularly likeable and is portrayed as something of an 'anti-hero'. In many stories, a person/entity such as Saul would be the bad guy. However, as a long time reader of the Thomas Covenant stories, I can deal with the 'anti-hero' concept and didn't feel it was a problem.

There's also been a lot of comment about the amount of violence in the book. I think it is more bloody than other works of his but it's hardly venturing into Shaun Hutson territory. It's there but it's not covered in minute detail.

However, it's not perfect. I would have liked more character definition, even if it only made me dislike them more. A lot of the characters, including the main ones, felt a bit shallow. I'm also not entirely convinced about the basic plotline right now but, given this is the apparently the first of a series, I would assume that there's a bigger picture to be revealed and I'm certainly interested enough in what happens to buy the next instalment and find out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian horror! 13 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
A really enjoyable book and exactly the kind of work Mr Asher has been entertaining us with for a long time now. The build up does have its fair share of deus ex machina to get us to the concluding off world fire fights, but if you can live with that then the closing 150 or so pages are a ripping read. There are a lot of critical reviews and of the ones I checked out they all seemed to be concerned by the politics of the book- which is ridiculous. It just goes to show how dangerous these EU socialist bureaucrats really are when they start complaining about any potentially negative portrayal of themselves and ironically goes to justify the storyline (joke!).
Asher uses as background for the book's story a world with a centralist Global government which has spiralled out of control, in case you were wondering. Heavy connotations to the EU here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go 10 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
Are we all reading the same book? Reading some of the negative reviews I wondered if perhaps The Departure had been re-written and re-issued prior to my purchasing a copy?

The Departure is very dark.

It really is.

Pretty distasteful in places, but the writing effectively paints a frankly disturbing picture of a society that has surrendered its scary freedoms to the safety of governmental dominance. It seems to me to be a critique of over-reliance on the state, something you can see happening in this country whatever the colours of the ruling party. I certainly didn't read it as a socialist bashing diatribe. In fact to me it reads more like a warning of how a society can fall into subservience to a fascist like governmental/corporate system. A society where things have gone horribly wrong largely through inaction and apathy rather than through subjugation by some overarching bond-like villain. What I think gets under your skin is the link Asher makes between this horrifying future and the actions (or lack thereof) of ordinary people (just like us) in the present day.

As an opening book in a series I feel it sets the scene very clearly. It's quite different to the other works by Asher, which to my mind is a positive. It's an impressive author who can create totally separate immersive worlds and not rely on constantly going back to safe and reliable ground. I normally only read on the Metro on my journeys to and from work (about 15 minutes each way) so it takes me a while to finish a book. I found that I was so engrossed in this one that I had to read through it rather more quickly. Now I'm going to have to buy the second book on the kindle and then probably despair at how long it takes before the third book is ready, not that Asher is slow, heck I've waited for George R R Martin, but just because I'll really want to know how it works out.
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Poor Neal Asher.. Whilst I'm not going to claim to be an expert in his work, I read and greatly enjoyed hill diggers at the sensitive age of 14, and as possibly the first heavy sic fi I read it left a big impact, although I did initially struggle to comprehend the fact that it was absolutely nothing like star wars. At all. I read Line war shortly afterwards, only finding out halfway through that it was in actual fact book five, an the finale of the series... But still enjoyed it anyway. So the mind which brought us the mysteries of the jain and the strong characters of agent cormac and co, now writes a story set in a cyberpunk dystpia. What can go wrong? Sadly quite a lot
It's initially told in fragmentary style about the memories of a man who wakes up in a crate headed for an incinerator, with a rouge AI trying to give him aid. We quickly learn that he seems to in world that seems somewhere between soylent green and Elysium, and the elysium comparison truly comes into force when we realise that the blurb on the back is misleading, as It paints it as a raher slow, word building book to set up the rest of the series..... WRONG! The Entire story seems to be an excuse for action sequence after action sequence after action sequence after action sequence after action sequence. Characters and concepts droop into the plot and then are gladly tossed aside in favour of more and more explosions, and by 250 pages in the book morphs into one long extended action sequence... An endless action sequence. Which we wouldn't mind so much if Asher had actually managed to make us care about his characters, who seem to be 2d cutouts with slightly relevant backstories, that serve as motivation for..... EXPLOSIONS! If michael bay ever wrote a book, it would probably read something like this...
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Another brilliant novel from Mr Asher
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Published 2 months ago by ruth
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much detail
Decent enough ... but it could be painfully dull to read at times. This could have been 100 or so pages shorter.
Published 2 months ago by Portly Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the start of this book with an interesting concept ...
Loved the start of this book with an interesting concept and quick, brutal action. About halfway through I became very bored. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lastadt
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story great action but a cold main character I'm ...
Great story great action but a cold main character
I'm going to get the other books as the story has me hooked as is the usual case with Asher...
Published 2 months ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
Good storyline. Well worth a read.
Published 3 months ago by KayEss
4.0 out of 5 stars ... Neal Asher's I've read and wow I was not disappointed. Great story
First of Neal Asher's I've read and wow I was not disappointed. Great story, great plot, great great great. Awesome sci fi.
Published 3 months ago by Big Six
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Some interesting ideas and concepts around technology and man's inherent selfishness. Holds together well.
Published 3 months ago by Mr G. Tooley
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very enjoyable, kept me sucked in and wanting to find out what happened next. I shall be buying the follow up right after sending this review.
Published 4 months ago by Colinberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr Nasty
This is a tough book. It's full if vitriol and anger with unlikeable, uncertain, mean characters that are fodder for Asher's trademark ultraviolence. Read more
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