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Summary

The Human is the final, thrilling, book in Neal Asher’s Rise of the Jain trilogy.

Their enemy seems unbeatable. But humanity is indomitable.... A Jain warship has risen from a prison five million years old, wielding a hoard of lethal technology. Its goal is to catch their old enemy, the Client, and it will destroy all who stand in its path.Humanity and the prador thought their mutual nemesis – the bane of so many races – was long extinct. But the Jain are back and Orlandine must prepare humanity’s defence. She needs the Client’s knowledge to counter this ancient threat. But is the enemy of your enemy a friend? 

Earth Central even looks to the prador for alliance. These old enemies must now learn to trust one another, or face utter annihilation. As the Jain warship crosses the galaxy, it seems unstoppable. Human and prador forces alike struggle to withstand its devastating weaponry ­­– far in advance of their own. And Orlandine’s life’s work has been to neutralise Jain technology, so if she can’t triumph, no one can. But could she become what she’s vowed to destroy?

©2020 Neal Asher (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd 2020

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"Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain." (John Scalzi, author of the Old Man's War series)

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Epic!

The battle to end all battles from start to finish. Fitting ending to the series!?
Are these characters too good to finish now!!??

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Awesome

Mind bending and galaxy spanning, leaves you wanting more. So what's next in the Polity universe. 🙂🙂🙂

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A good read made great by the narrator

This latest in Neal Asher’s sprawling Polity books is,as ever, a great listen.

I won’t mention the story, you’ll have already read the blurb, but I have to bring special attention to Peter Noble’s superb narration. His pace and voice characterisations really bring the story to life. I can’t wait to find other books he has narrated.

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Disappointing

I was hoping for a better ending I thought the second book the Warship had set everything up for an interesting conclusion. But I didn't feel invested in the characters and it didn't matter to me who lived and who died. The tech talk got a bit tedious and it played out like a standard action movie. Thank goodness for Peter Nobles narration otherwise I would have given up on this book much earlier.

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What a finish!

He's on top form. Structurally, a classic Asher. Peter Noble is excellent again and it's all very satisfyingly tired up.

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fantastic conclusion

really enjoyed the conclusion to this story. it moved beyond the earlier micro stories if you like from the agent cormac series and headed straight into humanity ending doom. I just miss the original narrator. this narrator is probably better. but its the way he did it. "quince guide compiled *sigh* by humans (in an exasperated tone). although the absence of a major player for most of the story was weird.

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Cable feckin Hogue

Where the hell was Dragon ? Why didn't EC get onto the elephant in the room a century ago ? ( Sprine) Why mention the cable hogue can affects tides...again....again and again. The poorest Polity book

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  • 10-06-20

Far fetched. but fun

regarding the story itself, felt it somewhat far-fetched (extreme with the Jain tech) and convenient in how things were manipulated and progressed.
That said it was still a thrilling read and and a fitting conclusion to the trilogy.

Regarding the narration it was good.

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Classic Neal Asher

With “The Human” Asher is back at the top of his game with über tech, giant space battles, undefeatable enemies a romping but logical plot and some great complex diverse characters.

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  • 02-07-20

back again

Asher back again at his best backed up with great narration..story rolls to a brilliant start and awesome end with all the best of the best & worst of the worst characters that made the series awesome. is it finished hmm.come on Asher time to recall the Brass man & 2 main cohorts I'm sure these a story there waiting to return to E C home visit

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  • eldar
  • 19-06-20

absolutely entrancing.

the story of this trilogy is captivating and I could not recommend it enough. and thanks to the masterful performance by Peter noble that brings it all to life

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