- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Main Market edition (4 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230708722
- ISBN-13: 978-0230708723
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,848 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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There is no way I can accuse this third book of rehashing the plots of the first two books as it quite literally takes off in a completely different direction, that direction being off into outer space! I also can't in anyway complain that my favourite characters are not featured heavily as Sniper has a staring role in this book.
With huge set piece space battles, laser, masers, particle-canons, rails guns, plasma torches, smart missiles, an alien race of soldiers, space dreadnaughts fifty miles long, a wonderful steam-punk style spaceship decorated with Victorian brass and cast iron, and dozens of other pieces of high-tech weaponry, this really was my kind of "boys toys" science fiction.
Culminating in one of the best big space battles I have read in ages I absolutely could not put this book down. It really did move at a tremendous pace - such a contrast to book two which to be honest I struggled to finish.
Underneath though there is a complex story of forgiveness and redemption and several sub plots that keep you guessing who really is on which side and who is going to be the victor right up to the end.
Overall: - 5 stars - Brilliant space opera science fiction of the highest calibre! Easily my favourite of the Spatterjay Trilogy!
This clever story is a continuation from The Voyage of Sable Keech. The hooper captain Orbus is one of the characters in it. I found it an easy read. There’s space travel in it and some fighting. Intrigue and treachery without end. This seems to be the last of these tales but then maybe, just perhaps there may be another we’ll have to wait and see.
Sadly, I'd have to call this one "missable".
Although the book is part of the Spatterjay series, the action does not take place on Spatterjay, but mainly in the graveyard zone between Polity (human) and Prador space.
The action starts with Orbus taking a job as captain of a merchant ship and setting out to go to the Graveyard with Sniper and thirteen as stowaways.
It is well written and plotted and well worth a read. However if this is your first Neal Asher book you may wish to read the others in the 'Spatterjay' series first, but it is not essential.
If you've enjoyed Asher's other offerings, you'll like this one too.
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A very good read.