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PRAISE FOR THE OWNER SERIES: 'Playing like a turbo-charged mix of Total Recall and The Bourne Identity, The Departure moves at Asher's usual bullet-speed pace' SFX 'I had an absolute blast with this book ... his work really does get better and better' FalcataTimes blog 'I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end' WorldsInInk blog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Open market ed edition (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230752268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230752269
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.T.R on September 6, 2012
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The characters are finally being fleshed out and the introduction of the point of view of a former Committee member makes this a more fulfilling read than the first book, The Departure.

Still loads of satisfying ultraviolence in classic Neal Asher style, and I look forward to the last book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eyesaw on February 22, 2013
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After giving us the good side of what happens when computer technology goes rampant in his Polity series, Neal Asher turns the coin over in the Owner series. Gone are the benevolent forces of government represented by enlightened Artificial Intelligences. Now we have idiot humanity at its most gruesome. Try extrapolating the idiocy of today's governments that spend all their time distracting us with arguments about global warming and clean energy and ignoring the real problem...too many people...and fast forward 150 years or so. Now we have an Earth of 18 billion people, most of them starving. All of them with ID chips in their arms that allow government technology to pick them off at will. It's not a pretty picture. It's scary how plausibly Asher weaves the background. It's hyper violent. And you quickly become inured to scenes where people can be carted away for "adjustment" just for thinking the wrong thing. Where automatic machine guns can take you out at the whim of some local functionary. Where whole sections of earth are divided up and cordoned off to make laser sterilisation from space easier.

It's a world where front-line services in government are gone, replaced by a pointless and nihilistic bureaucracy. And it's starting at a council near you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Otto Horlacher on April 1, 2013
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without a doubt the best sci fi author around today. cannot believe this guys imagination - plausible attention to detail
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave D on October 12, 2012
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Entertaining follow on in the series. Look forward to the next installation. Very good read. Neal Asher has delivered again an I could not put the book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reuben Robert on April 24, 2014
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Greatly enjoyed the book (book 2 of the Owner series). However, it would be vital to point out anyone purchasing this book that it is imperative that they read novel 1, without which they won't understand much of what's going on here. Cheer!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JesperGK on August 28, 2012
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My external persona, my d-drive if you will, told me I stopped doing my regular routines, became distant and recluse after opening this book. It wasn't until I was done with it and reality hit me with its made-of-lead-or-something shovel, that I noticed the staggering neglect my immediate surroundings had suffered from. Apartment a mess, wife grumpy, cat no where to be seen (we don't have one but still) and so on. Where are the AIs and sub-minds when you need them?

Anyway, that's what it's about for me, when I dive into a book above a certain calibre; one that attracts me on every level, at this point in time.

Zero Point proved to be such a book and I highly recommend it.

The story continues in blazing form following The Departure, as new power-structures on Earth quickly take up pursuit of the rebelling Argus Space Station, with a now more humane but still quite omni Alan Saul suffering a setback or two. Meanwhile new technology on both sides, among them androids, adds unknown factors to the chase, and of course provides brand new ways to rip each other to pieces in fashion on the hot side of gory. The Mars-colony has its own struggles, of survival and power, and ultimately it becomes a race for both factions in space to get there first, and before it's too late.

The suspense is kept on top all throughout and we really never know, who is going to pull the longest straw. To this effect also adds that being nearly omniscient or all-powerful only seem to increase the number of "insignificant details" with the potential to thwart your plans.
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After stumbling on Cowl in a bookstore a decade ago, I have read everything Neal Asher has written. Asher is a superbly brilliant writer with an amazing imagination and mind for detail. The war drone Sniper (not in this book) is one of the finest characters ever created. Asher is always at the top of my Read list.

The first book in this series, The Departure, was great but so busy it was hard to absorb all the clever techno concepts. Zero Point is more coherent and has a bit more insight on characters. One thing that did put me off about Zero Point was the huge body count (billions!) and the repetitive displays of Serene's sociopathic behavior -- too much. Reminded me of the endless horrific stuff portrayed in Ian Banks' The Algebraist. Evil can be depicted in a more selective but still effective manner, I think, as in the Polity Agent series (still my favorite). Once the point is made a few times, we can move on.

That being said, I liked the book tremendously. It points up some intersting concepts/conflicts on overpopulation coupled with ecological collapse, and just what to do (or not do!) about these conditions. These two books appear to be precursors to Asher's other tales invoking the Owner. It will be interesting to see if that actually evolves. Since we ended Zero Point rather abruptly, I expect more to come (better be more!). For fans of epic and thought-provoking science fiction, I recommend this book and anything else Asher writes.
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