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    • The Soldier

    • Rise of the Jain, Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Neal Asher is the best sci fi writer

    • By David Ginaitis on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Polity Agent

    • Agent Cormac, Book 4
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity and those coming through it have been sent specially to take the alien ‘Maker’ back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud. Once these refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down – because something alien is pursuing them. The gate is then dumped into a nearby sun. From those refugees who get through, agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by pernicious virus known as the Jain technology.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story.

    • By Ryan Sipes on 11-02-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Line of Polity

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster. Meanwhile, on the remote planet Masada, the long-term rebellion can never rise aboveground, as the slave population is subjugated by orbital laser arrays controlled by the Theocracy in their cylinder worlds.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Bad narrator.

    • By Anonymous User on 06-25-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Prador Moon

    • A Novel of the Polity, Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    Neal Asher takes on first contact, Polity style. This original novel recounts the first contact between the aggressive Prador aliens, and the Polity Collective as it is forced to retool its society to a war footing. The overwhelming brute force of the Prador dreadnaughts causes several worlds and space stations to be overrun. Prador Moon follows the initial Polity defeats, to the first draws, and culminates in what might be the first Polity victory, told from the point of view of two unlikely heroes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book poor narration.

    • By Darth Naughty on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Shadow of the Scorpion

    • A Novel of the Polity
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    Raised to adulthood during the end of the war, between the human Polity and a vicious alien race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn’t remember. Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security and is sent out to help restore and maintain order on worlds devastated by the war. There, he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best sci-fi action writer I know

    • By Arjen on 01-20-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Zero Point

    • The Owner, Book 2
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: John Mawson, Steve West
    • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurls towards the red planet. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. Var must save the base, while also dealing with the first signs of rebellion. And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul’s mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The meat grinder continues

    • By SciFi Kindle on 09-27-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Dark Intelligence

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 541
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 509

    One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed... Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of space battles, violent aliens, bloody AIs

    • By David on 02-09-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Jupiter War

    • The Owner, Book 3
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: John Mawson, Steve West
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptionally satisfying ending

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-28-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Dark Intelligence

    • Transformation, Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance. Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Spear had seen a rescue ship arriving. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, the AI within the destroyer, turned rogue. It annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction, and years later it's still free.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent start to a promising series

    • By Michael on 11-03-17

    Regular price: $22.71

    • Orbus

    • The Spatterjay Series: Book 3
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Old Captain Orbus commandeered a ship to flee Spatterjay, desperate to escape the violent planet. Orbus’ alien enemy, the Prador Vrell, is also moving on. The Spatterjay virus mutated him into something even more dangerous. And he’s hunting the Prador King himself - who sought to kill him, to bury the secret of their similar transformations. Orbus and Vrell clash in the Graveyard, a lawless zone where the Prador have seized a key space station. Official action by humanity or Prador would end peace, as a centuries-long cold war simmers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hard Sci-fi with a steam/cyber punk feel.

    • By Andrew G. Paulsen on 06-01-11

    Regular price: $18.58

    • The Skinner

    • The Spatterjay Series: Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for 700 years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good story and reader; spacing needs edit

    • By Andrew on 08-26-11

    Regular price: $18.58

    • Line War

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    The Polity is under attack from a "melded" AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus' wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess... and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Well told story but...

    • By DEAN on 02-05-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • War Factory

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236

    Thorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over 100 years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces. Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab-like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity. Sverl, a Prador genetically modified by Penny Royal and slowly becoming human, pursues Cvorn, a Prador harboring deep hatred for the Polity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • beautifully written and elegantly woven complexity

    • By Dave.Dolan on 06-14-17

    Regular price: $34.94

    • The Soldier

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    A hidden corner of space is swarming with lethal alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It's guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained at any cost - as it has the power to destroy entire civilizations. She schemes from her state-of-the-art weapons station, with only an alien intelligence to share her vigil. But she doesn't share everything with Dragon....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • way too hard to relate to the characters.<br />

    • By Anonymous User on 11-09-18

    Regular price: $27.71

    • The Gabble

    • And Other Stories
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    In the eight years since his first full-length novel, Gridlinked, was published by Pan Macmillan, Neal Asher has firmly established himself as one of the leading British writers of science fiction, and his novels are now translated in many languages. Most of his stories are set in a galactic future-scape called The Polity, and with this collection of marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories, he takes us further into the manifold diversities of that amazing universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Collection if Your a Fan of Asher

    • By Robert on 12-09-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Departure

    • The Owner, Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Steve West, John Mawson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 440
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 408

    The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bites the Hand that Enslaves

    • By SciFi Kindle on 04-10-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Polity Agent

    • Agent Cormac, Book 4
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 21 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity. Those coming through it have been tasked with taking the alien 'Maker' back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud. Once these refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down - because something alien is pursuing them. From those who get through, agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by a pernicious virus known as the Jain technology.

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Hilldiggers

    • A Novel of the Polity
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    During a war between two planets in the same solar system - each occupied by adapted humans - what is thought to be a cosmic superstring is discovered. After being cut, this object collapses into four cylindrical pieces, each about the size of a tube train. Each is densely packed with either alien technology or some kind of life. They are placed for safety in three ozark cylinders of a massively secure space station.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A Neal Asher

    • By Zach on 08-20-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Gridlinked

    • Agent Cormac, Book 1
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In outer space you can never feel sure that your adversary is altogether human. The runcible buffers on Samarkand have been mysteriously sabotaged, killing many thousands and destroying a terraforming project. Agent Cormac must reach it by ship to begin an investigation. But Cormac has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Pelter, who is prepared to follow him across the galaxy with a terrifying android in tow.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slower early work, horrible narrator, good grit

    • By Arjen on 01-26-18

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Voyage of Sable Keech

    • The Spatterjay Series: Book 2
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully detailed xeno biology.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-17

    Regular price: $18.58

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