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Summary

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.

Despite the sub-zero temperature of Samarkand, Cormac discovers signs of life: they are two 'dracomen', alien beasts contrived by an extra-galactic entity calling itself 'Dragon', which is a huge creature consisting of four conjoined spheres of flesh each a kilometre in diameter. Caught between the byzantine wiles of the Dragon and the lethal fury of Pelter, Cormac needs to skip very nimbly indeed to rescue the Samarkand project and protect his own life.

Gridlinked is the first sci-fi thriller in Neal Asher's compelling Agent Cormac series.

©2009 Neal Asher (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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excellent scifi

the book contains less technobabble and militaria than one would expect. its great to listen to.

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Interesting concepts, disapointing ending.

Although Ric Jerrom did an excellent job of narrating this book it was very badly edited,so much so that i had to keep going back to see if a new chapter had started as they all seem to run into each other. As there are quite a lot of characters in the plot it made it hard to follow. I did wonder if i had jumped in to the middle of a series, but no, this was Niel Asher's first full length novel. It is high action but rather muddled, I think his later stuff is much better

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The book made me a huge Asher fan

Read well, with a great story with a huge backstory. Well worth paying for. Thoroughly recommended to hard sci-fi fans.

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Fantastic

Read this book years ago and loved it then. Thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The narrator is top notch but the editing could have been a little better. Sometimes there was insufficient pause when moving from one group to another causing a little confusion.

The story introduces the main protagonists of this series well and introduces some interesting concepts.

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Pretty good Sci fi

Quite enjoyed the book, though sometimes it was hard to follow when a chapter contained more than a single narrative. Pretty good detail of the universe. Was fairly well read though a lot of it, with the English dialect made me feel like part of it was midsummer murders in space. The ending assumed a lot to of Reading between the lines and I felt it was better to read the alternative ending on the author's website. Didn't find myself investing a lot into the characters or the world in the same way I do with the Expanse series.

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Great book, great author, great universe

Lover's of space opera will love this book. I can't recommend it highly enough. Great read.

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Excellent!

Wonderful adventure and great ideas as usual. Asher's books are brimming with detail so much so that I like to listen to them several times to soak it all up. Great performance by Ric Jerrom too.

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  • Peter
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  • 27-11-17

The beginning of a great sci-fi series

I very much enjoyed this book. It has an interesting story, good narration and very much reminds me of the culture series. I will be listing to more of these.

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Still as good as the 1st time around

audio re-read, still love the story as much as the 1st time around, looking foreward to re-reading the rest of the series', only downside is that the Reader can be a little quiet at times, otherwise good redition of the story :)

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  • Arjen
  • 26-01-18

Slower early work, horrible narrator, good grit

I can tell this is one of Asher's earlier attempts at writing a novel. A lot of boring inbetween stuff and filler material that feels like it could just as well have been left out of the book. Not much of the compact, action packed, to the point writing his later work is full of.
Still,at chapter 7 or so the story picks up momentum and I got sucked in anyway. All in all, well worth my time.

The true horror of this audio incarnation of a cyberpunk classic is the narrator. Oh, my, god!! Total amateur.
Not only does he not know how to use proper intonation and accents. He reads sentences in completely alien ways. Quote: "I want THEM watched al all times." thatvis rediculous! Every thrid grader can sense that the ephasis should be on the word "watched" and in my perference also on "all". Like this: "I want them WATCHED at ALL times." this narrator, of whom I refuse to look up the name, just invents random pauses and emphasizes words in a way that rips their meaning completely out of context. The result is that I keep reconstructing half the sentences in my head the way Asher must have meant them so I can understand what is actually meant. Is that horrible narration or what?!
Besides that his voices are unbearable. He lays on the voices in such an exaggerated way that characters just seem rediculous. Does he not understand that he is not the writer? Use voices to serve the story ffs, don't give them so much of your own influence that they can not possibly fit in anymore..
This man truly does not belong in this line of work.

Asher why? Whyyyyyy?!
Thanks for writing some of my favorite science fiction though ;).

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  • Douglas
  • 25-11-17

What did this novel want to be?

In other reviews I've seen the author being favourably compared to Gibson or Stephenson. I wish I had read the reviews first, I wouldn't have wasted the credit. As it was I listened to the preview and was grabbed by the start. I thought I was in for a seriously interesting sci-fi/mystery.

What I got was badly structured prose trying to describe a future where all of humanity is ruled by AIs. Agent Cormac -- our "hero" -- is part of the ruling polity until he's un-linked because eh's forgotten how to be human. Sadly the more I read about Cormac the less I cared about him. The villains, at least the human ones, were more interesting.

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