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. '
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Full of twists and turns an electric pace, and moments of comedy, Asher also explores the more rational side of the Prador - some of them anyway - a race it would be easy to paint as monochrome monsters. Of great interest was the development of the Jain side of the universe, just whispers up until now but setting the scenes for more discussions of the older races in the more recent books (I think I'm reading backwards ;-))
An excellent third book that offers a satisfying conclusion and a reluctant farewell to some fabulous characters.
Fleecy Moss, author of the Folio 55 SciFi fantasy series (writing as Nia Sinjorina), End of a Girl, Undon , and 4659 now available on Amazon.
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".