- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (2 Sept. 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 (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Line War (Agent Cormac) Paperback – 2 Sep 2011
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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.
High-octane action in outer space - the fifth novel in his popular agent Cormac series
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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.
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.
Two things that grate on me (in addition to the variable quality of the writing):
Asher is (verging on) a right wing crank who just cannot resist making political points in his writing. Now that wouldn't bother me so much if he hadn't ripped off someone who does the same, but from the left - Iain Banks. Asher's polity owes so much to the Culture - its like he has blatantly copied so many of Banks' ideas, and reversed his philosophy as a big middle finger at him. As far as I know, Asher has never acknowledged his debt. The fact he can cite any other authors as inspiration, and never mention Banks, is patently ridiculous.
It's a better story than the other three books after Gridlinked and has some thought provoking ideas about AI and so on. If only this Polity stuff were better written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book but you have to read the books before to understand the characters. Enjoy the books fast action alwaysPublished 24 days ago by sparks
Neal is a master at this, make sure you read all the Agent Cormac books.Published 3 months ago by Eugene Beirne
Action, more action... EM missiles, CTDs, Knobbler... a little more violence... then appalling amounts of violence and destruction. I'm happy!!!Published 5 months ago by Claddagh
Good conclusion to the series, interesting way to draw the main characters together. Not Tolstoy, but a pretty good read.Published 14 months ago by R. Gilmartin