- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor; First Edition edition (4 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230708722
- ISBN-13: 978-0230708723
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Orbus (Spatterjay 3) Hardcover – 4 Sep 2009
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'Asher delivers a satisfying space opera full of adrenaline highs... Fast-paced fun.'
''A satisfying space opera full of adrenaline highs.' --SFX
'Rail-guns rattle off, pulse rifles fire out shots and explosions ring out. This is what Asher does best.'
`It is, like all of Asher's work, brilliant fun.'
'Yet another storming performance from the prolific Asher of high-octane violence, exotic tech, and terrifying and truly alien aliens. '
The continuing adventure of Captain Orbus following on from The Voyage of Sable KeechSee all Product description
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All of this motley group end up in the aptly named Graveyard, the demilitarised buffer zone between Polity and Prador space, where both races conduct a cold war of espionage and covert operations. Not surprisingly, they find themselves in the midst of much larger, and more dangerous, events than any had anticipated, as both the Prador King and Earth Central move battle fleets into place along their borders, the Golgoloth, a being long believed by most Prador to be myth, reveals its presence, and a secret long-concealed in the genetic code of the Spatterjay virus threatens to open the door to an apocalypse for Human, Prador and AI alike.
All of the ingredients fans have come to expect from a Neal Asher novel are present in Orbus: chapter introductions from How it is by Gordon, Artificial Intelligences who seem more human than the real thing, lovingly described and detailed aliens and technology, fearsome space-battles and a swift-moving plot.Read more ›
Sadly, I'd have to call this one "missable".
For new comers to Asher, please oh please do not read his books out of order which some reviewers seem to have done. I cannot for the life of me understand why as
this book in a line of three Spatterjay novels and if you aint read the first (The Skinner) how could you possibily hope to get the punch of the book. In fact, read all of the preceding polity novels before this one to get the fully rounded expereince.
It's a top read.
Ever since reading Neal Asher's The Skinner back in 2003, I have thought that the Prador (a race of enjoyably nasty and warlike crustacean-analogues from deep space) are among some of the best SF baddies to emerge since Terry Nation invented the Daleks. Furthermore I have believed it was high time that they had a whole novel to themselves, more or less, without any danger of the planet Spatterjay's entertainingly horrible and ruthless oceanic fauna stealing the show. Asher's 2006 novel Prador Moon came close to accomplishing this, the one caveat being that it was all too short, but at 438 pages, Orbus hits the bull's-eye.
So, what's to like? Plenty! As per usual in a Neal Asher book, there is no shortage of futuristic mayhem, as Prador engage in battle with one another, and with monstrosities even scarier than themselves, in a flurry of explosions, crashes, laser blasts, rail-gun duels and hand-to-hand (claw-to-claw) fisticuffs.Read more ›
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