- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 330 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Publisher: Neal Asher (12 Mar. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RZIC6S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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...
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.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was an excellent, fast-paced story, and avoids making too many obvious assumptions about what and who is "right", "wrong" etc - plenty of suspense and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David
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 morePublished 5 months ago by michaelgarnham
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 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good Sci-Fi story reminiscent of the old B-movies but with more attitude. The story ends, leaving an opportunity for continuation.Published 24 months ago by B. L. P.
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.
A good fast paced story. There were some good unpredictable parts to the story. The characters were good and believable. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Mr. P. R. Moore
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
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.
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