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. There a female research scientist subsequently falls pregnant, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide - but why? By the end of the war one of the contesting planets has been devastated by the hilldiggers - giant space dreadnoughts employing weapons capable of creating mountain ranges. The quads have meanwhile grown up and are assuming positions of power in the post-war society. One of them will eventually gain control of the awesome hilldiggers....
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Hilldiggers is a great Scfi Novel well written & narrated. For fans of Neal Asher they will be very happy with this stand alone Novel & for those who have not read the Agent Cormac or Spatterjay series this book is a great introduction to his work. As with most of Neals books there are some great characters in this book & be they human , alien or AI they come across as believable & real. You are quickly drawn into the story & are fully engaged from start to finish. If your looking for an action packed audio book that you can't put down here it is.
I'm a big fan of the Polity novels so this was a real treat but I think Tigger was my Favourate character there's something about the war drones in the books that just appeal also to have a hooper as one of the lead characters was good. The combination of those two strong minded erasible personalities just works.
No this is the first time I have come across this narrator but I was pleased with his performance
Yes I found myself chuckling away at parts, sympathising & feeling anger. As with any well written book the story & the narrative lead the way. Although these books are set far in our future they are wholly believable you relate to the characters & as they learn & explore their environment so do you.
A great addition to audible & I hope to see more Neal Asher books soon
I usually love Asher, but this was a real slog to get through. Lots of suffering, lots of twisted, broken people. As dark as expected, but nothing actually very interesting, nobody to believe in or root for.
I hope the next one's got a bit more life to it.
Yeah, the narration was fine.
Just rather lacklustre.
I'm a singing songwriting postie living in Yorkshire. Sometimes I like to be challenged by a book, and sometimes I just want to lose myself.
This is a great piece of scifi that's not as brutal as Asher's other books, and probably the better for it. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Not really a continuation of the first book, as I had expected. However, still quite enjoyable. :)
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