Sable Keech is a walking dead man. Was he resurrected because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or it took place late in a tank of seawater? Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants more – adulation, power, control – and will go to any lengths to achieve them.
An ancient hive mind has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it merely want to obtain the poison 'sprine' that is crucial to immortality? Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, is interrupted by an angry whelkus titanicus, and begins a strange journey.
Deep in the ocean the Spatterjay virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all. Something long-dormant is breaking free. And Sniper, its Warden, finally receives his new drone shell. It's better than his old one: powerful engines, more lethal weapons, thicker armour. He's going to need them.
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©2009 Neal Asher (P)2010 Audible
Some reviews opined that the book was difficult to get into or difficult to follow the story line and there were times that I agreed. In the whole of you want a rewarding ecosystem then you have to put up with a bit of background. This story was a wonderful way to do this. After the untimely passing of Iain M. Banks I have finally found an author that can craft a universe. I will miss The Culture, but Mr Asher has provided a rich universe to discover along with some very undertaking Minds. Room101, Penny Royal, Thirteen, not to mention the incorrigible Sniper.
If you're new to Asher don't start here.
I just couldnt get into this, I'm not sure if its because I started with the second book.
"An excellent sequel"
up amongst the highest
It can only compare with the other books in the Spatterjay series.
The taking over of the Sable Keech; shades of Queeg.
Huge enjoyment at the completeness to the world in which it is set.
Answering questions like this is not a review but on the offfchance I may win a sound system I can live with it
"More classic Asher goodness"
Was a great continuation of the original story - set 10 years after the Skinner - with the right amount of change to Spatterjay life to make it a plausible return Oceanside to the planet.
Hooper humour was there as always a long with many familiar faces. Apart from one obvious twist the story weaves its way to a big finish once again, couldn't stop listening as I reached the finish.
I don't know if it could be considered as good without having first read The Skinner but who apart from a corrupted war drone would consider reading book 2 first !
Already bought book 3 which is the best compliment I can give it.
Since my trip to the little Flint am definitely now a fully reincarnated Asher fan !!!
One of the best tales of daring do I've listened to
In a class of it's own!
William Gaminara gives a consummate performance. He brings the characters to life.
If war is hell, Spatterjay is a perfect location!
Gonna get me some more crab sandwiches.......
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