Rise of the Jain

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 239 ratings

The Soldier Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • 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 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    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

    • The Soldier

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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

  • Book 2

    • The Warship

    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Their nemesis lies in wait.... Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc’s event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination.

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Warship

    • Rise of the Jain, Book 2
    • By: Neal Asher
    • Narrated by: David Marantz
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great hard scifi!

    • By Alex Sumner on 05-26-19

    Regular price: $29.99