- 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 (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,104 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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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.
Thankfully, Asher steps away from the broken record and tries to reinvigorate the Cormac series with Polity Agent. With the main villain Skellor having been plastered against a brown dwarf star in the third novel, a new evil must naturally arrive to replace the `ying' where the `yang' has been lost. But again the replacement villain is conceived from the ether and pursues a unidirectional goal- explore the Jain node and deceive the Polity. There's also malcontent AI bent on the destruction of the Polity and to approach the technological singularity with other merged AIs. As ever, Dragon (the remaining two spheres at least) take a prominent position in the novel. More detail about the Dragon, the Makers and the Jain technology are given, which enriches the story and the entire series, as a whole.
If only every character didn't `grimace' or `grin' so much. Asher obnoxiously oversues some words like this to generically characterize a kill-for-joy character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are a great series of books I really enjoyed all his booksPublished 9 months ago by Jarad Childs
I really enjoyed this book ,great ending and the story towards the end showed the polity as vulnerable and the AI not as clever as they first thought. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story continues....getting a bit predictable now ..still great readPublished 15 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 17 months ago by sparks
Great book. Story really draws you in to this future world.Published 18 months ago by S A Greenfield
After mourning the loss of Ian Banks I have been delighted by Neal Ashers books. A worthy successor with imagination, inventiveness and just the right amount of background detail... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen Daldry
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 23 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 on 8 April 2015 by crasher