- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Tor (19 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330484354
- ISBN-13: 978-0330484350
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Line of Polity (Ian Cormac) Paperback – Unabridged, 19 Mar 2004
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This is undoubtedly Asher's best novel: a complex, multilayered story... -- John Courtenay Grimwood in Guardian (Review), May 2003 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Full-scale action SF by one of Britain's most popular new writers.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
In The Line of Polity Asher builds a mixture of a futuristic spy thriller with an awesome imagination and charecterisation.
Ian Cormac, Earth Central Security is in pursuit of his old foe Dragon a confusing malicious intergalactic being. However as ever Cormac picks up a series of enemies who in typical elite spy style are almost beneath his notice. With the witty Gant and a team of powerful individuals the action is non stop.
But wait, theres a story here as well, a story that is very well told. The story of a rebellion against a Theocracy, a tale of a young girl seeking freedom from her environment and a young man coming to terms with a completely new world.
Sound a bit musshy for yah? Don't worry theres still plenty of gun fights, shuruken based decapitations and raging scifi to keep the biggest scifi nut happy.
Damn fine show!
The planet of Masada is where a good chunk of the book takes place, a place "you cannot draw a breath... even if its horrifying wildlife would let you." That's from the back cover of the novel... that's it, meaning not much info to go by before you buy the novel in the bookstore. A better, in book, quote about Masada is a place where "choices are limited to two - fight or die - and they are not mutually exclusive."
One more downside of the book is the villain Skellor. His name reminds me of Skeletor from the fames of He-man, Master of the Universe. Therefore, the name Skellor feels cheesy, as if it was ripped off from He-man. His presence in the novel is straight from the get-go and makes appearances all the way until the end, but what's seriously lacking is Skellor's motivation for being the villain rather than being part of the Polity.Read more ›
The action in The Line of Polity opens with Ian Cormac, Earth central Security agent, chasing down Skellor, a skilled yet rather evil scientist who is a dab hand at genetic manipulation to create some truly awful creatures. As Cormac and his team descend on the compound Skellor disappears leaving some very interesting things for ECS to discover. Meanwhile the outlink station of Miranda is destroyed by nanomycelium, a product all too familiar to Cormac, for it is Dragon that introduced this to the Polity during the events of Gridlinked. We've also got Masada, a strictly controlled Theocracy world on the edge of the Polity where the inhabitants are ruled with an iron fist by those in power in their orbital stations. Not only that, but Masada is a dangerous world where a human can't even breath without the aid of gear, where the local wildlife is as dangerous as anything you'd find, and where certain death awaits the workers should they step out of line. But the underground on Masada is trying to gain Polity intervention, something they can only do with a majority vote, and which is slowly being carried out by certain individuals and the underground movement that is desperately trying to push this through.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pros: It's Asher's badass Agent Cormac, in the far future of a humanity partially AI-governed (The Polity), partially those living in anarchies and brutal religious dictatorships... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peter Bjørn Perlsø
Neal Asher does it so well ,read this and really enjoyed it .I look forward to the rest in the seriesPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
More good stuff from Neal Asher. Fast paced , amusing and never dull. Great entertainment. Not high brow though! Just cool monsters and aliensPublished 16 months ago by A. Thompson
The last of the Cormac books, I hope Neal bring him back soon.Published 19 months ago by Eugene Beirne