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Humanity, artificial intelligences, and monstrous aliens clash over control of deadly technology in this explosive beginning to Neal Asher’s newest Polity series.

In a far corner of space, on the very borders between humanity’s Polity worlds and the kingdom of the vicious crab-like prador, is an immediate threat to all sentient life: an accretion disc, a solar system designed by the long-dead Jain race and swarming with living technology powerful enough to destroy entire civilizations. 

Neither the Polity or the prador want the other in full control of the disc, so they’ve placed an impartial third party in charge of the weapons platform guarding the technology from escaping into the galaxy: Orlandine, a part-human, part-AI haiman. She’s assisted by Dragon, a mysterious, spaceship-sized alien entity who has long been suspicious of Jain technology and who suspects the disc is a trap lying-in-wait. 

Meanwhile, the android Angel is planning an attack on the Polity, and is searching for a terrible weapon to carry out his plans - a Jain super-soldier. But what exactly the super-soldier is, and what it could be used for if it fell into the wrong hands, will bring Angel and Orlandine’s missions to a head in a way that could forever change the balance of power in the Polity universe. 

In The Soldier, British science fiction writer Neal Asher kicks off another Polity-based trilogy in signature fashion, concocting a mind-melting plot filled with far-future technology, lethal weaponry, and bizarre alien creations.

©2018 Neal Asher (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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disappointing.

disappointing. slow. filled with tons of scientific jargon but not much of a plot.
devoid of any character worth rooting for.
have read almost all of his novels. first one I did not like. would not recommend.

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Neal Asher is the best sci fi writer

No one else describes the aliens like he does, the AI decision making. All the other SF books are more like space opera dramas nowadays, too much talking not enough action. Neal’s book moves from page 1 and doesn’t stop grinding out thrills. And again, NO ONE is as descriptive and thoughtful when describing even the biology of the ETs than Asher. Nobody. Awesome book can’t wait for #2

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Narrator is Horrible

I could not finish the book due to the narrator's voice being so flat, boring and dull. His fake voices for other characters are laughably implausible and more horrible. It made the book impossible to listen to, which was too bad as I was looking forward to listening to this series.

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hard to follow

there is too much intelligible jargon making the storyline hard to follow.
hard to relate to current terminology, and with little explanation.

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Complex....

I have read every book by Neal Asher. I enjoyed all so far....this book is much more complex a read. it's a great book, but you really have to stay engaged ( no mind wondering) otherwise you have will miss some of the plot

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Absolutely loved it.

Awesome tech, epic scale, detailed world building and a great action packed story.
Loved it.

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Great listen

Finally some major detail on the Jain - can’t wait until book 2. An exciting start to the trilogy

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what can I say been hooked on the Polity .

loved it totally the beatscifo out there! and I can't wait to get into infinity engine

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