- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Tor (6 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405054980
- ISBN-13: 978-1405054980
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Polity Agent (Ian Cormac) Hardcover – Unabridged, 6 Oct 2006
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Space opera on a magnificent, non-stop roller-coaster of action
About the Author
Neal Asher was born and bred and on the Essex coast, and still lives there. His previous novels include GRIDLINKED, THE SKINNER, THE LINE OF POLITY, COWL and BRASS MAN.
Top Customer Reviews
As a runcible opens from 800 years in the future the team that were sent to return the Maker to its civilisation in the Small Magellanic cloud comes through in a panic, the Makers overrun by Jain tech. With runcible time-travel not recommended by the AI's of the Polity due to the huge power requirements and dangers it involves, this situation is used solely to destroy the Jain infested Maker civilisation and most of the Small Magellanic cloud. This event raises many questions, most prominent of them being the purpose of Dragon, the huge bio-construct that the Makers created and sent to the Polity. Meanwhile an entity called Legate is distributing Jain nodes to certain people within the Polity, one of these being Orlandine, a haiman who takes a whole different approach to studying the Jain technology she has in her possession, while another is a dangerous separatist leader on the planet of Coloron. Meanwhile Horace Blegg, the infamous immortal of legend, is slowly learning more and more about jain tech and of himself, while Cormac continues to discover more about Dragon while trying to limit and eradicate the spread of Jain tech. And then there is the King of Hearts, a renegade AI whose journey out of the Polity leads him to discover something very dangerous indeed.
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Set in a time where inter-stellar humanity is governed by enlighted AIs, this book sees Ian Cormac again thrown into the middle of trying to save the Polity from the threat of the Jain. To call Ian Cormac a super-agent undersells the character massively. He is no one dimensional futuristic James Bond but rather an interesting and flawed man with a hint of mystique that might explain why an unaugmented human is in charge of AI minds magnitudes more superior to his. Other previous characters are also back, such as Mika and Horace Blegg. The storyline of the latter is particularly good as it raises as many questions as it answers.
The Jain have been previously mentioned in this series as the source of Skellor's (a previous adversary) abilities. Polity Agent fleshes out more details of the threat these Von Neumann machine-like objects pose, the history of the Jain and who is orchestrating the current situation.
Polity Agent is a gripping read, both involving and exciting. All in all, this is another excellent book richly deserving of 5 stars
Even though the story is pockmarked with action scenes that deter from the story there just never seems enough to actually grab me. But you come to expect this and once you fall in love with the universe and it's inhabiting races you endure, learning and picking up some incredibly detailed knowledge of a fictional destination. Every world has it's own breathtakingly diverse and strangely plausible wildlife and geological elements, no stone is left unturned in what sometimes simply transforms into a guide to the galaxy.
But as I said the story lurches forward and more and more characters are introduced and disappear making some of the plot and individuals difficult to follow and (I found) hard to care about (even in death). Persevere through the growing crowds of characters (something which caused me to flick back to remember who the Hell is who) and the ending series of events should blow you away.
I just wish my girlfriend had an interest when I tell her how incredibly doomed the characters are and then how Asher rescues them through genuinely well thought out deus ex machina.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are a great series of books I really enjoyed all his booksPublished 7 months ago by Jarad Childs
The story continues....getting a bit predictable now ..still great readPublished 13 months ago by Ingrid Salomonsen
The way this book was wrote brings home the feeling of the control an AI would have over human lifePublished 15 months ago by sparks
Great book. Story really draws you in to this future world.Published 16 months ago by S A Greenfield
Heck. I adore Neal Asher, and Agent Cormac, but my brain could not cope with this book. It will probably be rated as a classic, must read sci-fi novel, and I will just have to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anthony L.
It is a bit over narrated. A good editing would remove the padding, about half the script, and leave a good....Published 24 months ago by crasher
A futuristic novel that keeps you glued to the page I have so far read two of this authors books and find that they are very good Sci/Fi.Published on 15 Feb. 2015 by john simmonds