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Alan Saul is now part-human and part-machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue - but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant. Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul's escape. Earth’s ruthless dictator hides her crimes from a cowed populace as she readies new warships for pursuit. She aims to crush her enemy in a terrifying display of interstellar violence. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to Earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad's death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity’s greatest prize - seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen gene-bank data will come at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity’s future?

©2014 Neal Asher (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Miserable all the way through

I trudged through the series only because I purchased all three books before realizing this was a significant tonal departure from the Polity series. The characterization and writing were so poor I couldn't have cared less about the outcome of this arcless story.

Characters don't change at all, remaining the same soulless automatons throughout. Events don't change the status quo and the world is as bleak as ever. There are so many borrowed phrases and tropes I can't keep track. One character will say to another "Don't you know smoking is bad for your health?" And instead of replying cooly to this overused statement, they'll spell it out by explaining it's a really dangerous situation and I'm not afeared of nothing.

God awful and without redeeming qualities, even if I don't consider the atrocious anti-democratic politics smashing you in the head with all the grace of a mugging.

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Exceptionally satisfying ending

Jupiter War is Neal Asher final volume of his Owner Trilogy. At the end of book 2, Saul was heading to Mars to rescue his sister after having defeated the Scourge which is limping home with a minimal crew consisting of those who had removed their ID chips. At the same time, he is continuing his evolution to a form beyond human that even he is struggling to understand. Serene Galahad still has Saul in her sights as she slowly works to rebuild Earth which is in a more capable and productive position with much of the population eliminated. As Serene continues to expand her totalitarian rule of Earth, she is driven by a vengeance towards Saul which drives technological development, while at the same time, a desire to return Earth to a more pure and pristine state, free of humanity. Both Saul and Serene must also deal with loyal and not so loyal opposition to their reigns.

The sci-fi elements are more of the same as the Alcubierre faster than light drive technology is further exploited by both sides. Robotics play an ever increasing role with a level of sophistication through simplification. Ultimately this is a tale of one man's struggles to evolve beyond human. While Saul doesn't know where he's going, he knows remaining in the solar system is not viable. Along the way, Asher juxtaposes Saul with the various female leads (Hanna, Var, Serene, & the Saberhagan twins) to contrast the various iterations of being human which he finds wanting and limiting in the end. The proctors also evolve into a group of apostle-like followers that Saul can relate to better than humans.

The narration is wonderfully superb making this a can't put down listen. The pace, tone, and mood are perfectly rendered for effortless enjoyment.

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Good Read

Although a book of fiction, this book closely relates to our current political climate and makes you question if there is any hope that people would ever be able to live in peace. Thought it was well written and not predictable.

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I want MORE

Neal had better be writing another book for this series because I want to know how earth turns out, what happens on the way to proxima centauri and what happens when they arrive

My only legitimate complaints are that I found the sexual content of the second book to be uncomfortable and that there are sequences where it feels like neal repeats things that have already been explained several times

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Great AI Novel

Love that its 3 volumes! I listen while exercising so provides many hours of entertainment.

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Exciting and imaginative

A world at war with itself. Leadership which hates humanity - sounds all too familiar these days.

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excellent scifi series!

I don't see enough plausable scifi involving the near future. Well written and believable using actual s ience. Neal Asher is becoming one of my favorite authors. I especially liked the nod to previous science fiction authors peppered throughout the books. I might just read this trilogy again.

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amazing book

Riveting story as always! It was a very satisfying conclusion to the trials and difficulties of the previous books.

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Good, but....

While I loved the first two books in this series, I found Jupiter War a bit lacking. The overall story is still excellent and Mawson and West are the best of the narrators in all of Neal Asher’s books. I found the harping and nagging of Saul’s sister and old lover irritating and a bit of a writer’s trick to fill the pages.
Yes, we get that they were there to question Saul’s humanity and what it means to be human; as well as demonstrating the insecurities and jealousy that is the core of the human makeup. But it just became a distraction from what was a very satisfying story. Over the years of listening to serial books, I have found that there always seems a point in the series that the author just has to use whatever writing techniques/ tricks he/she can to get the book done.
Writing is a daunting task and serial writing, in my opinion, the hardest. That said, I would still recommend the Owner series and commend Mr. Asher for his great mind and talent!

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A fitting finish

This book was a very good conclusion to the trilogy. I really loved the whole series and was sad that it had to end. The best part of the series to me is that all of it was essentially an introduction. Most books ot there can become quite repetitious in terms of what the characters are doing (Expeditionary Force). Asher does well to keep the evolution of both technology and characters coming non stop all the way to the finish. This is my favorite science fiction trilogy by quite a stretch.