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The Parasite [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Parasite, a science fiction novella (40,000 words) by Neal Asher

After mining complex ices deep in the Solar System, Jack Smith is concerned about his profit margin, but is it him who doesn’t want to face quarantine or something squirming inside him? The Cryon Corporation Director, Geoffry Haven, is also concerned about the bottom line and might consider Jack an expense he can no longer afford, though perhaps suitable for a starring role in a snuff movie. Meanwhile, the human and unhuman agents of World Health must investigate. Perhaps it’s time to deploy vat-grown killers and an anti-photon weapon, because the parasite is coming to Earth, and it’s hungry.

The Parasite was first published by Tanjen Ltd as an illustrated novella back in 1996. Tanjen closed down a number of years later and since then the novella has been difficult if not impossible to obtain. There are copies out there, but checking recently I haven’t seen one for below $50.00, which is a hell of a lot for something only 130 pages long and perhaps only for completists. I’ve edited it again, thought I haven’t been too heavy-handed since I didn’t want to deliver something that had completely ceased to be the original. This is my first attempt at self-publishing through Amazon Kindle. I hope you all enjoy it!
– Neal Asher

“Once again, Neal Asher gives his reader a meal of such exquisite taste that you're left like Oliver, desiring more.” – Authortrek

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Neal Asher (12 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RZIC6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prototype for the later Polity books 29 Mar. 2011
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Having only just recently started reading Neal Asher's books he has become one of my favourite Sci-Fi authors around. Mixing many elements of fiction, his Polity series of books have become a firm favourite of mine. In the span of the last year I have gone through all of the Cormack books followed by the series based around the Spatterjay virus. Looking for something new to read I came across this on Amazon.

The parasite is actually the second of his published books, more a novella than on his main books. Written 5 years before the Polity would be unleashed on the world. Yet on reading this book you find that much of the ground work for what would become the Polity is in here. There are mentions of AI's and Golems, Alien virus' (the central concept of the book) and the illegal weapons so dangerous they should never be used. In fact one of the weapons would later appear in the second of the Spatterjay books, The Voyage of the Sable Keech.

Jack Smith is a comet miner, a job that is being phased out as manufacturing plants can now easily reproduce the rare elements found on these comets. But there is something else on this asteroid and it is something that will come back with Jack Smith to Earth.

This is a tight and fast paced book, coming in at around 130 pages, I blasted through it in about two nights. While not tied to any of his pre-existing Polity universe, as mentioned above, you can see many of the themes that will occur in many of his later books. In particular the virus/parasite taking over and the change in humanity.

My only problem with the entire story is that one character is abandoned in the final parts of the book with no follow up or closure. It is hinted at that the character has a problem (don't want to say more than that for ruining the story). Other than this little blip it is an excellent story and well worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but need to know what you're getting 9 Feb. 2005
By Adriano
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I was surprised when this came through the post - it's tiny. That's the only reason it drops a point. Despite this, the story is fantastic. By a strech of the imagination, it even follows on (or rather precludes) other things in Asher's universe; then again Asher isn't always known for consistent continuity.
One other thing, this book is *extremely* difficult to get a hold of. The publisher Tanjen is apparently bankrupt (from the horses mouth) and thus any copy anyone has may be worth something, someday...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Ozwaldo
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Story is good but short. The booklet (it`s not very long) is in the form of a graphic novel with few pictures. On the whole I felt cheated- I thought I was getting a full sized novel of 300 + pages but instead got a thin comic like novella for my money. Absolutely nothing like as good as "the engineer" or the excellent "gridlinked".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tigger
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So many opinions and all of them with some merit. True, this skimpy novella by Neal Asher is in parts badly edited, poorly proofed and written in clumsy cliche, but Asher himself explains some of this in the product description. And there's more than enough of a foretaste of what was to come in his brilliantly-realised universes to make it worth a read: fantastic yet believable characters, space and city environments you can smell and touch, complex corporate, state and personal morality (or lack of it), and - of course - bone-crunching ultra-violence. All delivered in the sharp prose regular readers will have come to love. If you're new to Asher, this isn't the place to start (other reviewers have suggested better places). If you're already a fan, this is a flawed but worthwhile mini-treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asher Rocks 18 Mar. 2011
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Asher rocks and this novella shows the talent just starting. A good solid readwith solid believable plots containing warnings and promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but leaves room for a sequel 21 April 2011
By Andy E
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I read the Kindle edition of this story and it is a good story. When you think about it, the scenario presented of alien parasite infection is very believable and very frightening. As someone who lives in Essex I was pleased to see Essex being used for some of the locations.

The story itself while short, has a few surprises. The premature resolution of a central issue leaves you wondering where the story is going to go. The new direction for the story is where open ends are left. Personally I was left wanting to know what happened next. As its quite an old story I'm not sure if the author is going to expand it with a follow on so I may never know.

Overall, its a good story and a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kindle version review 4 Jun. 2011
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I am relatively new to Neal Asher's novels and thought I'd try this short story out. It is short but, for a change, that suits the price so as long as you don't expect 1000 pages I think it's good value. Hat's off to Mr Asher for letting fans get hold of a copy of the book, long out of print and expensive second hand.

As for the story, I was gripped from beginning to end and am now on my second full length novel, when is the next one out...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This story will get its hooks into you 31 Dec. 2012
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Another great Neal Asher short,as always the science is believable and the action intense .There were a few syntax errors,these are the bane of e books the proof reading needs improving at these prices.the novella is good value for money and worth downloading. A MUST FOR ASHER FANS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets ahead
Any book by Neal Asher is a treat. He brings a different perspective on some common sci-fi themes. Wound around likable characters( not always human) and strange worlds. Read more
Published 15 days ago by michaelgarnham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great short story. Thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 5 months ago by Chris D
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short
Typically great writing from Neal Asher. Worth the read if you are in to this type of stuff. On a par with Richard Morgan's work.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Parasite
Good Sci-Fi story reminiscent of the old B-movies but with more attitude. The story ends, leaving an opportunity for continuation.
Published 18 months ago by Brian L. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Smart,succinct,imaginative, fast paced with twists. Just excellent! One big criticism though...
Neal please write more books as I've ran out and I need more of this.
Published on 29 Aug. 2013 by B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars He has done it again
A good fast paced story. There were some good unpredictable parts to the story. The characters were good and believable. Read more
Published on 24 Jun. 2013 by Mr. P. R. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable read
This was OK, the plot felt similar to other story lines and it was not as well developed as his main stream books but enjoyable none the less.
Published on 4 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
5.0 out of 5 stars The parasite
This was the first of Neals books I,'ve read
Great introduction to him and to science fiction.
If you,'ve never read Science fiction, start here.
Published on 7 April 2013 by Sad turnip
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Neal Asher books
I love Neal asher books and have been waiting for a new one so might be biased but it is a rip roaring read
Published on 2 Mar. 2013 by BenC
2.0 out of 5 stars Money grubbing publisher
I'm a real Asher fan so this book upset me. The story is OK but the writing style is more simplistic and lacking the descriptive polish of his later work. Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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