Line War (Agent Cormac Book 5) Reprints Edition, Kindle Edition
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“A highly engaging, smart and fulfilling close to the Ian Cormac series . . . some of the best science fiction being produced today by one of the most talented―and underappreciated―authors in the genre.”― Fantasy Book Critic
“I came away from Line War, and the series as a whole, completely, thoroughly, and immensely pleased. . . . Neal Asher: without a doubt the most entertaining science fiction author writing today.”― SFF World
“Overall Line War is an excellent ending to the Cormac series. It provides a great sense of closure while still leaving enough room for future novels.”― Worlds In Ink
“Space opera with a big helping of post-cyber-punk. . . . The world is compelling, the technological ideas are impressively thought up and put together, there is great, deepening, complex intrigue, really mean ships and faster than light action.”― The BookBag
General Praise for Neal Asher:
“Neal Asher’s books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain.” ―New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi
“With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher’s work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.” ―Starburst magazine
“A wide-screen special-effects extravaganza, a space opera featuring gods and monsters . . . Doc Smith and Olaf Stapledon in a blender, turned up to eleven, with the contents splattering across the ceiling.” ―Russell Letson, Locus
“Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best.” ―Sense of Wonder
“Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera . . . Asher’s books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment―and all the better for it.” ―The Register --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Author
- ASIN : B003DWC6HM
- Publisher : Tor; Reprints edition (September 4, 2008)
- Publication date : September 4, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 2436 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 575 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #836,119 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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You can't be squeamish about blood splattering on every page though, the Universe is full of nasty aliens and booby trap technologies. At the same time, this is not a depressing guilt trip about the puny human race, the books are full of real heroes, humans that through technology or sheer willpower raise themselves to the challenges and push humanity forward.
Yes, a lot of the questions that arise throught the series are answered in this book.
On the downside : at times it does seem that he is just churning out pages of Jain tech descriptions, I did have a hard time getting through the beginning of each book (My favorite of the series is still The Line of Polity)
But he makes up plentifold once the action gets going and his writing is just so much fun to read: James Bond of the distant future type of action, descriptions of some of the most exciting aliens you can ever get your eyes on, all wrapped up in deadpan humor!
Nothing out there in the Universe like Asher's prose!
Also I was wishing for more Cormac, the main hero. He's down to about 10% in this volume. Overall it is an OVER THE TOP FANTASTIC, GENIUS work but a little too upscale and brilliant for me.
As always, Asher skillfully portrays a not-so distant future in which humanity has mastered space travel and other advanced technologies, such as instant interstellar transport through "runcibles"; has spread to many, many solar systems; and lives alongside, interfaces with, in some cases aspires to be like, and is ruled by artificial intelligences. (While he doesn't explore many of the implications of humans being ruled by a benign dictatorship of the AIs, in LINE WAR he at least explores what the limits of that dictatorship ought to be.) He gives his work a convincing "hard" edge by being attentive to, e.g., the dynamics of temperature on a moon covered in methane oceans. He also gives his stories a visceral charge by, well, shooting, hacking and stabbing peoples' guts. He's also reasonably skilled as a storyteller, creating a compelling set of mysteries before, bit-by-bit, revealing what lies behind them.
Unfortunately, he's less skilled with character and dialogue, especially for his primary characters. Cormac and his sometime lover Mika are thinly drawn figures who are mainly vehicles for the story. Evil Erebus is a cartoonish bad guy, very reminiscent of the really dreadful central computer Omnius from the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson "Dune" novels. The dialog between Cormac and Mika, between Mika and the bio-construct Dragon, and between Erebus and anybody is stilted, inane, and often laughable. This weakness is most evident early in the novel (for all except Erebus, who is awful throughout) when the action has not yet taken off. Oddly, secondary characters like Orlandine, the former AI Vulture, Mr. Crane, and the war drone Arach have more personality, snappier lines, and greater depth (though not by a huge amount) compared to the main characters.
The main disappointment of the novel is not that Asher continues to string us along with hints about Cormac's abilities and the agenda of Earth Central, because that's not what he does. Instead, he spills the beans, telling us what's really going on. Unfortunately, it's not all that exciting. Virtually everything turns out to be much more ordinary, dreary, and petty than we had expected. Furthermore, we're left wondering if there will be any more Cormac novels. Cormac (naturally) survives, but does anybody care where he goes from here?
In any event, fans of earlier novels in the series should certainly pick this one up and will enjoy it ... up to a point. Those unfamiliar with the series should start with GRIDLINKED.
Top reviews from other countries
Two things that grate on me (in addition to the variable quality of the writing):
Asher is (verging on) a right wing crank who just cannot resist making political points in his writing. Now that wouldn't bother me so much if he hadn't ripped off someone who does the same, but from the left - Iain Banks. Asher's polity owes so much to the Culture - its like he has blatantly copied so many of Banks' ideas, and reversed his philosophy as a big middle finger at him. As far as I know, Asher has never acknowledged his debt. The fact he can cite any other authors as inspiration, and never mention Banks, is patently ridiculous.