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The Departure (Owner Novel 1) Hardcover – 5 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • 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)
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Book Description

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.

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After reading the Agent Cormac series, I went straight on to the Owner series. Whoops. I ignored the negative reviews, but shouldn't have. I no longer buy Asher's books. In many ways the series has a lot to recommend it, but unsubtly infusing the whole thing is a clumsy political agenda and anger/dismissal of opposing views.

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.
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I could hardly put this down. I can't recall the last time when a book felt like a thrill ride. From what I could figure, the events in the book take place over the space of a few days, but because so much is happening it seems like it's all within about an afternoon. The brutal dystopian regime on earth feels nastily plausible, and the actions of the main character are very gratifying. However, his struggle against it is very personal. He's no hero of any sort. His amoral quest for vengeance strikes a blow against the ruling elite, but it's coincidental. I very much enjoyed the fact that the central character here is not a hero at all. He isn't good, he isn't pleasant. There's little to make him sympathetic at all, but you do warm to him in a way, because whatever his motivations are they ultimately have positive outcomes. Kind of.

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.
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Pacier and more personal than many of the Polity novels, this is a real page-turner. The series is set in a world not too far on from our own and is a little more conventional than the Polity novels, but still has some visionary ideas, memorable bad guys, and a heart-pumping narrative. Brilliant.
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Love it, a visceral violent (but not needlessly so!) Well paced, the main protagonist is an interesting character. The story starts fast and only slows down near the end, which is not a negative. Looking forward to the next instalment!
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Neal, Neal Neal....not my favourite old bean!

But still very readable and you're still one of my favourite authors. Maybe book 2 will turn it around for me?
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Mr Asher is one of my favourite authors. Great characters, good science and a well told narrative. Not related to his polity novels but it's easy to see how this could have evolved from the owner series.
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First of Neal Asher's I've read and wow I was not disappointed. Great story, great plot, great great great. Awesome sci fi.
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Gripping story all the way through. Interesting science and a frightening vision of the future. Looking forward to Zero Point.
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