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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330528459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330528450
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,331 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/
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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, 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 By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2008
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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 By J Stock on 27 Jan 2013
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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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By James on 30 April 2014
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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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By Drben on 11 Mar 2014
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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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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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By N. Ali on 5 Oct 2013
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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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This isn't going to be a particularly erudite review. I love The Polity, so will you. Buy and read every single word Neal Asher publishes, you won't regret it.

Neal, more please!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Ward on 13 Sep 2009
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Ther is no doubt that Neil Asher is a talented writer and the Ian Cormac/Polity stories are epic in their scale. But, his style of writing and his imagination can be a little confusing and therefore it can take a little time to get into the story because of that. However, please persevere because the story is well worth it, as are all the books in his library.
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