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The Warship

Rise of the Jain, Book 2
Narrated by: David Marantz
Series: Rise of the Jain, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
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The dangers of ancient technology loom over the Polity in the sequel to The Soldier, Neal Asher’s latest action-packed space opera series.

The haiman Orlandine, charged with safeguarding lethal Jain tech swirling inside an accretion disc located in the distant reaches of space, has weaponized a black hole to eliminate the threat. But others are suspicious of her motives, and both the Polity AIs and the leaders of the alien prador kingdom dispatch fleets of warships in anticipation of conflict. 

As the black hole continues to eat its way through the planets in the accretion disc, making its way towards a dead sun, it becomes clear the disc has been hiding a larger secret. Nefarious forces with ulterior motives have manipulated Orlandine into deploying the black hole, triggering a series of larger events that will uncover a danger far older than even the Polity itself. 

From British science fiction writer Neal Asher, The Warship picks up right where its predecessor, The Soldier, left off, showcasing Asher’s unique take on cutting-edge and fast-paced science fiction.

©2019 by Neal Asher. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great hard scifi!

The Warship is, per usual for Neal Asher, a complex and involved book with multiple tangents and storylines. I did myself a favor and relistened to The Soldier to bring myself up to speed for the next installment in the series. And that pretty much sums up Neal Asher's writing. I have to spin up to a higher level to absorb everything that's going on. (Make's me wish for a crystal AI to help the process.) I don't want to give events away in The Warship, so I'll just say it's a satisfying story arc, you get a clearer picture of the grand scheme of things, some mysteries are left unanswered from The Soldier, but many are explained and of course there's a lot more introduced into the mix. When I reached the end of The Warship it left me satisfied and looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Buckle the heck up

“As usual, Neal Asher delivers again with a smashing sequel to The Solder: The Rise of the Jain. Without any spoilers, this novel DRASTICALLY ups the ante and keeps giving us the amazing political humor, satire, military and hardscifi, all in JUST the right amounts.”
-From “How it Is: by Gordon”

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To be continued

Listened to the last six chapters several times, the first half of the book did not have depth to it, we see the outermost edge of the ancient race but reach no conclusions due to lack of investigative information in the story.

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here come the jain

loved this book, can't wait for part 3 of this series to conclude the story of the jain