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Neal Asher's Cowl is set in the far future. The Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the enemy have escaped into the past, intent on wreaking havoc across time. The worst of these is Cowl, an artificially forced advance in human evolution but one who is no longer human.

Polly, desperate to obtain funds to support her habits, is unprepared for her involvement with Nandru Jurgens, a Taskforce soldier, and the killers pursuing him. Nor can she resist the alien 'tor' which she feels impelled to attach to her arm. But she must learn fast, as she is dragged back through time, not least that to the denizens of some earlier eras, she is little more than a convenience food.

Initially the fragment of tor imbedded in Tack's wrist sums up his value to the Heliothane - a point brought home to him with bloody abruptness. But as a vat-grown programmable killer employed by U-gov, he is no stranger to violence. His long journey into the lethal world of the Heliothane is only beginning, the extent of his mission just becoming apparent.

Meanwhile, hunting throughout time and the alternates, Cowl's pet, the tor beast, grows vast and dangerous. And the beast continues to feed.

©2017 Neal Asher (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • paul sparks
  • 10-02-18

Interesting and engaging but not great

I am a big fan of Neal Asher and have got all his library including short stories, some of his books are outstanding and some are very readable but lack the impetus, this is a good book and worth adding to any persons library but it is not his best

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  • Greg Hale
  • 04-13-18

Awesome storyline and exceptional narration!

Another excellent storyline from the master, I sincerely hope there is much more to come from this alternate to the polity !

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