Line War

Line War

Book - 2008
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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's 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. Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war. Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber. But Erebus's attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself.
Publisher: London : Tor, 2008
ISBN: 9781405055017
1405055014
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Ash

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Sabre3
Feb 10, 2016

I wanted to rate this one higher, but having first read 'Dark Intelligence', I found the first half of the book a bit unfocused and oddly paced. By the middle, Asher hit his stride, and the rest is extraordinary. Asher's strength is his grasp, and manipulation of complexity. His aliens are very alien, and his characters are very human, warts and all. Then he combines some of both them, and the result is very.....interesting. I await his next effort with impatience.

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siharris
Dec 01, 2012

By this stage in the Cormac series you kinda know what you're in for - non-stop monster infested space battle splatter action. If you're in the mood for it then this conclusion to the series gets pretty epic and is definitely worth the read

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