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Neal Asher
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14 Mar 2013 Owner Trilogy 2
Earth’s Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee’s despotic network is in ruins and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But the ruthless Serene Galahad sees an opportunity to grab power. On Mars, Var Delex fights for Antares Base’s survival, while the Argus Space Station hurtles towards the red planet. And Var knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. She must not only save the base, but deal with the first signs of rebellion. And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul’s mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development, the possibility of eternal life, and a madman who may hold the keys to interstellar flight. But Earth’s agents are closer than Saul thinks, and the killing will soon begin.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330524526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330524520
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,470 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.

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PRAISE FOR THE OWNER SERIES: 'Playing like a turbo-charged mix of Total Recall and The Bourne Identity, The Departure moves at Asher's usual bullet-speed pace' SFX 'I had an absolute blast with this book ... his work really does get better and better' FalcataTimes blog 'I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end' WorldsInInk blog

About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. He is the author of numerous science-fiction novels, including the agent Cormac series and novels of the Polity. His most recent novels are part of the Owner trilogy, The Departure and Zero Point.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asher at his best! 9 Aug 2012
By Bascule
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I, like some others found a certain ambivalence towards the first "Owner" novel, "The Departure" Not down to Neal's writing, but the new universe we were in. I had become so comfortable with the polity that I initially couldn't settle into this new place and time. As the action increased along with the body count, I felt much happier. Now with the second book "Zero Point", it feels just right. Neal is on top form, the story flows along nicely, the body count is astronomical, the action good and gritty. The politics is once again going to offend certain people but Google "Agenda 21" and see if "Zero Point" doesn't seem a little less far fetched.

All in all a cracking read, possibly one of his best! If I could pre-order book 3 today I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once more, with feeling 18 May 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Zero Point, Neal Asher, 564pp, 2013/2012

This is the second instalment of the ‘Owner’ sequence of novels. These are set on a near-future Earth where the European Union bureaucracy has spread out and taken over the world, stifling creativity, allowing the population to grow to 18 billion, and establishing itself as the ruling elite in the worst possible Stalinist tradition (or the best possible Stalinist tradition, depending on your view of humanity and bureaucracy). Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology, the superman has appeared (as this is a Neal Asher novel) and cut off the head of the bureaucracy – the Committee, killed many millions of its senior staff, stolen a space station, and set off to Mars to look for his long-lost sister – see The Departure (Owner Trilogy 1).

In this volume, we meet a survivor of the bureaucratic leadership who immediately sets out to re-establish control of Earth, taking advantage of the chaos caused by the destruction of the rest of the hierarchy to unleash a manufactured plague that kills off eight or ten billion of the ‘zero asset’ population – those at the bottom of the social ladder who contribute nothing to the system – while blaming it on our erstwhile hero, Adam Saul, and quickly demonises him in the best Big Brother tradition (the other one (though now you come to mention it…)). She quickly establishes her control by killing off her rivals, and anyone who knows about her control over the plague – the ‘Scourge’ – and starts rebuilding the damaged ecosystems of the planet, which usually involves killing off a few hundred million people here and there when no-one is looking.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good brain candy 12 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I tend to regard Neal Asher as a frequent provider of dense brain candy. His writing and characterisations are technically poor (though much better technician onwards) - however his books are also tremendously fun - not good for you just nice and fun. I just devour them. I typically manage to finish one of his books in a day (and that includes work!) - this does involve being very antisocial for 24 hours and losing a bit of sleep!

Zero point carries on from the fantastically nihilistic first book in this series. Every terrible possible manifestation of centralised socialism and totalitarianism is carried onto the most extreme extent - and then some. What makes this so entertaining is the way in which you can see apply the prinicples behind these attrocities every day from the the way in which little hitlers are born and raised in meaningless beurocracies to the dumbing down of education systems.

It is still a little hard to identify with Alan Saul - there is very little to like about him other than his ability to 'kill the bad guys'. Of more interest in the novel is the slippery slide into insanity from the new rulers of earth and the ongoing martian plot. Newer characters on argus station have the potential to develop into something really quite cool in the third novel.

if you are expecting something substantial in the genre of scifi e.g. early (phlebus aside) iain m banks then you will be disapointed

However if what you want is trashy fun scifi then you can't get better than this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil on top form as always 10 Aug 2012
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Neil writes another sf stormer in a new universe. This second book continues on straight after the ending of the first "Owner" novel which is rare in itself and as usual with Neils books its a roller coaster ride of action, politics, personal relationships and a very interesting take on technology. It reads easily and the action never relents. Alan Saul the central character is an interesting mix of cold logic and human emotions. As said before in another review if part three was avalable now id buy it.

One notable subject in this book which is the most though provoking of all is Neils take on the future of Earth. You can see the extrapolation from these times of austerity to the dystopian future Neil paints so well in this series and its frightening. Highly reccomended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Science Fiction 10 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first owner novel was a massive change in scope for Asher. Being constrained to one solar system has not stifled his prowess however. The stakes get ever higher in this next book and if you like space warfare things ramp up very quickly. Looking forward to the next instalment and the direction it will take.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series
Published 11 days ago by philip poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Even more dystopic...
If you thought book#1's Hero raining satellites onto the Villains was bad enough, the tactics of the power grab in the ensuing wrack cost me half a night's sleep...
Published 1 month ago by Nik
5.0 out of 5 stars Asher at his best
The 2nd in the Owner series establishing the groundwork for his later Polity novels. Great book, but do read vol1 (The Departure) first to gest enjoyment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping and slightly silly space-cyborg-genocide story
I like Neal Asher's other books series. This book series has a nice fast moving plot. It has space ships, battles, cyborgs, non-Einsteinian physics, guns, robots and generally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Marquis de Sade goes Sci-Fi
The first book in the series I enjoyed very much, the world Asher portrays is vivid and although dark quite fascinating and I felt myself shuddering at how I could imagine it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M Rabson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
I read the first part and this one is a gift. They told me it was very good a little bit grim; but good. Personally N. Asher have become one of my fav Sci-Fi writers
Published 5 months ago by gersariel
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the first.
I left it quite a while to go for the second book as the first was so good I was wary of being disappointed, needn't have worried it was great. I can't wait for the final one.
Published 6 months ago by G.Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars quality hard SF
well thought out, sure none of it is current physics, but as always Neal appreciates that there are physical laws and they should be manipulated rationally
Published 7 months ago by C&J
5.0 out of 5 stars Asher comes of age
Plenty of reviews so I won't dwell on this other than to say for me this is Asher's best book to date bar none. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DWMJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
Brilliant - I loved it. From the beginning to the end it held me, and then some.
The Departure hooked me into Asher's darkly gritty and frankly dystopian future, held me... Read more
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