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Orbus (A Spatterjay Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Neal Asher
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Book Description

This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus – a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard’ lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected. Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell. Vrell, having been mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, killing much of its crew, and is intent on heading back to the Prador Third Kingdom to exact vengeance on the King of the Prador, who tried to have him killed. All three ships are heading towards a climatic confrontation to The Graveyard, where underlying truths about the virus are revealed and an ancient menace to civilization reappears…

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About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and still lives nearby. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, The Gabble and Shadow of the Scorpion.

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  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (November 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ho hum April 6, 2010
The most remarkable thing about this book is that Asher seems to be writing in the present tense... I don't remember him doing that before but it is a bit refreshing.

As for the rest, it is a rehashing and recycling of plots he has already used. Asher has got to slow down on the production as he seems to have run out of ideas. The Cormack novels started with fireworks and ended with page flipping wanting to get it over with.

There is I think a finite limit to the number of times I want to read the word "virus" and "mycelium" in my life. So once again we have a misfit band of brothers going up to battle against opponents with godlike powers that border on magic.

I wonder how it's all going to turn out *this* time.

Asher created a very rich world, he owes it to himself to slow down the production and give us something a bit more interesting than this recycled stuff. It's not a bad book, die hard fans will eat it up I'm sure, but it's definitely not as good as what comes before it because it's recycled the structure and plot.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Asher running out of puff? September 27, 2009
In Latin, "Orbus" means something along the lines of an `orphan, deprived, destitute'. And given how formulistic Asher's most recent Polity-placed novels have been, I have to wonder whether it might also reflect an author who has mined a seam of ideas dry.

Not that there is anything wrong with the novel per se, but Asher's earlier work was richer and more sophisticated, with a level of introspection and emotional tension that "Orbus" fails to provide. Basically, Asher's Spatterjay cast have become so indestructible that there is little worry as a reader that something untoward might actually happen to them.

In "Orbus", this ability to absorb punishment extends from the familiar humans of novels such as "The Skinner" and "The Voyage of the Sable Keech" to the apparent arch enemy, the Prador. Fair enough, for the Spatterjay virus is known to be virulent and indiscriminate. But eventually these interchangeable "can't be killed" characters make for trivial reading. They don't really suffer much - the Prador protagonist has various arms, eyes and legs pulled off but give him a chapter...or a few pages...and they've grown back again, better than before. Even our eponymous Orbus endures steadily mounting damage with little more than a headache and a massive appetite.

But enough of that. What's "Orbus" all about, anyway?

The basic scenario is pretty simple. Orbus is leaving the planet Spatterjay in order to find himself - bad things have been done to him, and he's done bad things himself, so redemption and personal exploration seem to be at the heart of his motivation. His long-standing sidekick, Iannus Drooble, comes along for the ride because he's Orbus' side-kick and that's what a side-kick does, apparently.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spatterjay-Splatterjay November 12, 2009
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First things first...I am a huge Asher fan. I have read everything he has offered and eagerly await each new volume and when I heard this was a "Spatterjay" novel I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. Asher has consistently delivered breathless action, gory violence, interesting characters, laugh out loud humor, and sumptuous galactic eon spanning stories all set in his rich "Polity" universe.

Second things second...To truly appreciate the characters, personalities, and Polity infrastructure of Orbus I highly recommend you at least read the two previous Spatterjay novels..."The Skinner" and "The Voyage of the Sable Keach" prior to reading "Orbus". Although the cover jacket for Orbus states this is a Spatterjay novel, it seemed more like a self-contained stand alone novel populated with Spatterjay characters persuing the type of political interests and intrigues usually found in his Ian Cormac ECS Polity Agent storylines.

I am going to quote Budd from Kill Bill to help set the parameters for this review...
"If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made...that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo."

Likewise...this Neal Asher story compared to any other sci-fi space opera novel that wasn't written by Neal Asher would garnish an enthusiastic 5 star rating, but compared to his earlier work it seems to fall just a little short.

What's great about Orbus...

Orbus-an Old steal and paraphrase from Jerry Maguire..."You had me at Old Captain", I love these ancient, intelligent, belligerent, interesting, and immensely powerful characters.

Sniper-War Drone...a mechanical version of an Old Captain.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Asher Polity novel April 12, 2010
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I read about all of Neal Asher's books. All are good though some of course are better than others. This is good Asher, and might be a turning point in Asher's Polity series. His more recent books dealt with the deadly Jain technology. Then he turned to humanity's main rival species, the Prador. This book resolves the Prador conflict in a complete and satisfying, though intriguing way. I wouldn't be surprised if his next book took up an entirely unexpected focus.

My favorite Asher Novel is The Skinner. I would read any book he published although a few, such as Cowl, can be slow going. For those who might like to read Asher for the first time, The Skinner would be a fine rousing start.

Gridlinked would be another good start, though it's early and from the time before he achieved his stride with the Polity series. Gridlinked may have been the first of his novels to be published, though not the first written(?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars NEAL Asher
Loved this book a must Read for sci-fi fans. May want to read some previous Asher books.but buy it read it enjoy it
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 3rd in the Spatterjay series. Just ...
This is the 3rd in the Spatterjay series . Just Neal Asher's other books there is plenty of high tech action packed fast paced scifi action that will keep you glued to this book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. F
5.0 out of 5 stars Ive started a great journey here :)
Really enjoyed this book and the universe Neal Asher is creating. Engineer Reconditioned (I was hooked after reading these short stories) was my entry point and I so glad I've so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Damien K
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the Spatterjay series
Wonderful conclusion to a great story line. The complexity created by Asher rivals the Culture novels by Banks ans is equally enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Curt Westberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book was in perfect condition....
Published 8 months ago by Curt P Samlaska
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, great technology as always
Classic Asher! Good read, great technology as always, and even some decent (and just a little bit ham fisted at times) character development. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard Albanese
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Neal Asher masterpiece.
Orbus being but a minor character i the previous book "voyage of the sable keech". Picked up with Him being the central character in this story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Colia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, terrible kindle version
I enjoyed the book immensely, but the formatting in the kindle version is just atrocious, misspelt words and sentences broken up with weird punctuations makes for a weird reading. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Blomma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Keeps the timeline rolling in his polity series. Well worth the money and time invested in reading the book. Outstanding
Published 14 months ago by R. L. Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars OK...but just
Long time for the storyline to develop. Hard to foillow events as there is no separation when the book changes settings or perspectives. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tom Schmidt
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