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Neal Asher
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2 Sep 2011 Agent Cormac 5

The Polity is under attack from a 'melded' AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus's wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters.

Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war.

Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber.

But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .

The Polity is under attack from a ‘melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters.

Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war.

Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber.

But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330528459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330528450
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,963 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.

http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/

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'Asher is brilliant at conveying the vastness of space, the strangeness of alien life and the sweep of planetary horizons.' -- SFX Magazine --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, Prador Moon, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician.

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and still lives nearby. 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 and Prador Moon.


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang on! 14 April 2008
By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I love space opera and this series, the Agent Cormac novels, has delivered in spades. Line war is billed as it's conclusion, my thoughts on that later, and contains the usual rip roaring multi threaded action we have come to expect as Cormac uncovers a very nasty conspiracy which takes him from fighting on the frontiers to the very heart of the Polity.

On the way we have gigantic space weapons, vast battle sequences, mahyem on a planetary scale, conversations with the makers of ancient booby traps and many other gripping sequences.

A great end to the series, neatly typing up nearly all the threads laid out during the previous four books but I can't see Neal Asher leaving a character as good as Cormac on the shelf for long, I wager he'll be back elsewhere in the polity metaverse, even if just as a Deus ex machina plot device.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Series 27 Jan 2013
By J Stock
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First up, Asher is just about my favourite current author, right up there along with Reynolds. When I first started reading science fiction ages ago it was Banks and Asher has kind of taken his place for me.

I gave this 5 stars as I think it's worth that in its own right but also as the (supposedly) last in a great series that has given me a lot of enjoyment.

You do really need to read the preceding Agent Cormac novels first otherwise I don't think it would make much sense. If you have read the first four you shouldn't be disappointed - I certainly wasn't.

One of the things I like about the series is that the scale is vast - both in space and time. For example, we have mega-space battles and are told of the rise and fall of inter-stellar civilisations. However, we also get right down and close-up with the characters in their own personal fights and skirmishes.

Asher brings in some familiar characters from previous novels including everyone's favourite giant brass golem, a certain draconic enigma and one of personal faves, the AI from a massive spaceship (if that counts as a character).

We follow various characters from their own personal perspectives but everything is neatly brought together. Previously unexplained matters or unanswered questions are developed and addressed, e.g. in relation to the origins of Jain tech and regarding Cormac himself.

I thought that it was well-paced throughout and built to a nice extended crescendo on lots of levels with plenty of intrigue and plot twists along the way. I really liked the ending which I think did justice to an immensely enjoyable series.

The dialogue is sharp as always and much of the humour and the best lines, as before, comes from idiosyncratic war drones with real attitude and also a "ghost" who spars with a demented AI.

A really great read and I'm just sorry that I've finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 30 April 2014
By James
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Only 4/5 because I thought it could be a little shorter, on the other hand it brings together plot strings from most (if not all) the other Cormac novels. It ties off the plot nicely while it also leaves the possibility for further books in the series so you learn more about the Jain, the Dragon and most important Earth Central and Cormac himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending 11 Mar 2014
By Drben
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Enjoyed the series - it's fast paced sci-fi and very action oriented. The AI are reminiscent of Banks but Asher creates his own dynamic with the Jain. Would definitely recommend if you've read the earlier novels in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An ending, after all. 25 Jan 2014
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Solid space opera stuff. However, Ian Cormac is sadly under-utilised in this, the climactic final book of the Polity series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good end 5 Oct 2013
By N. Ali
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A good end to a great series, defiantly recommend to any SiFi fan.
Now let's see what else Neal Asher had written...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Backing off the prior emphasis of big battles and baddie beasties, Asher takes a more direct, traditional approach to a novel- a plot. Similar in standard to Gridlink, where he first created his Ian Cormac series, Asher has decided once again to put his one-trick pony show off to the side while actually trying to wrap up the series once and for all. Granted, there must be blood and blasts somewhere in the novel for Asher-sake, but it's definitely toned down.

Whereas the last three books have seen a cavalcade of enemies, horrific animals and flora and a slow evolution of the Polity's relationship with Dragon, only now in Book Five does the Dragon/Polity relationship, the Jain/Dragon relationship and the Cormac/Earth Central relationship come into play. These three pillars of the plot foundation assure the long-term Asher reader (this being my eleventh to-date) a solid good read with many glimpses of truth in the relationships stated above.

My once hitch is my once held notion that the Jain technology was one with a ferocious appetite for submission and destruction; now in Book Five we see much of dead or hibernating Jain tech. All of this Jain is repeatedly described as coral-like structures, ad nauseum. Even the live Jain tech is always portrayed as silver tendrils. It would have been nice to see a change of vocabulary regarding these adjectives but Asher does ramp up the vocab throughout the novel, though not enough for having me reach for my dictionary.

Through all the wonderful things Jain tech can do, during the trials Cormac finds himself in with his new capabilities and at the all the points where the AIs bestow their wisdom and humor to the cast is where Asher finds his niche in Book Five here. From one toehold to the next, the reader to taken casually through the well-structured, well-plotted and well-defined novel which isn't too flashy or too blasé. Not quite a re-read but well worth it for any Asher fan following the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh god its the end !!.
Ended on a high , our hero is now the conscience of the AI's he is watching .
But gawd I wish there was more .... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
5.0 out of 5 stars great book when are you writing the next one
Really good book, loved the way Neal brought all characters together from the other Agent books. Now just need another one written
Published 19 months ago by readsalot
4.0 out of 5 stars The Line War by Neil Asher
I like the storyline and having read the series I would suggest that although this stands alone as a novel the Polity series should be read from the beginning to really enjoy this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Michael J. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, trys to be too clever with pseudo science
I like this series of books, bit of a plod to read sometimes as the author waxes lyrical with reams of pseudo science; which as a scientist, is pure bunkum. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by CjW
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending the series with a bang! Excellent!
Finally I've come to the last Agent Cormac book, Line War, and up to now it's been a ride of ups and downs. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Mark Chitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end of Ian Cormac.....
I hope not.

But after this VERY good story, where do you go with him?

He is invincible......so where do you take a character like that. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by Bear Brain
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but it assumes you have read the previous books
Another Ian Cormac book and I have the feeling that this should be the last for the character. Simply put it feels like this character has been taken as far as it can. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2009 by Russell G. Pottinger
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