- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Tor (5 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230708730
- ISBN-13: 978-0230708730
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Departure (Owner Novel 1) Hardcover – 5 Sep 2011
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The beginning of a new series from a master of space opera featuring Alan Saul
About the Author
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, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't mind opposing or strange views, I relish them. That's one of the reasons why I read science fiction. Part of that though is the challenge of engaging with the ideas and thinking through the implications etc. Sadly, as interesting as the sci-fi elements are, the political elements are sigh-worthy. Earnest, yet difficult to believe, like being stuck on hold for an hour and having to listen to a pre-recorded voice tell you every 30 seconds that your call is important.
It kinda works as satire though, so you may enjoy it more if you think of it that way.
Imagine the best car chase you ever saw in a movie. For me, that was what this book equated to. I really enjoyed it, with my heart in my mouth for half the time.
But still very readable and you're still one of my favourite authors. Maybe book 2 will turn it around for me?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very,very good. Great read well written.Will buy and read more.
The start of the book was a bit slow but but soon got my full attention.
I've recently reread the trilogy one after the other -- and this is how they need to be read, it's one book. Much as I love Neal Asher's work this is not my favourite. Read morePublished 11 months ago by El Hawks
The first novel in what I'd consider to be the authors best series to date. It's ultraviolent, dark and the characters take some getting used to but it also explores interesting... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Timlin
The underlying scenario is a good one, but the prose is quite leaden. There's an over-reliance on the use of jargon, and the old trick of plucking a future technology out of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. T. J. Staffell
Since I'm relatively left-wing/liberal - a longtime SF fan but new to Asher - it's a tribute to the man's writing that I soon forgot about the explicitly anti-left flavour of his... Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. G. Gilman