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Summary

In this second volume of Rise of the Jain, Neal Asher takes us on a thrilling ride into interstellar politics and impending war.

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.

Earth Central, humanity’s ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too – and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc. The alien Client is returning to the accretion disc to save the last of her kind, buried on a ship deep within it. She upgrades her vast weapons platform in preparation and she’ll need it. Her nemesis also waits within the disc’s swirling dusts – and the Jain have committed genocide before.

The Warship is set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe.

©2019 Neal Asher (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Asher continue to impress

Neal Asher is the master of techno-military SciFi. He populates his books with a bewildering array of technological Marvel's, alien species and AIs. The story is simple and linear, but satisfying enough for my daily commute. His descriptions are complex and sometimes arcane, but they serve to illustrate the universe he portrays perfectly. Looking forward to the next novel.

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usual brilliance but still miss Ian M Bank's (RIP)

With the Polity he constructs a universe to challenge the Culture writing with his usual brilliance but I still miss Ian M Bank's (RIP)

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Holy Bejesus, that's the biggest f***** ship ever.

Tech level is ramped up again, the Jain tech we've seen so far has been the equivalent of wooden ships...here come the dreadnoughts...epic stuff.

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I love the Polity universe

I'm so glad that the dreaded Jain are making their appearance but it looks like absolutely everyone is Ankit to get their ar$es handed to them. Very keen for the next installment. I really like Peter Noble's performance too. Just right.

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Best one so far

Asher’s books have been getting progressively better and better, and that has continued with this one - the story was gripping, and it was told really well. I’m very excited for the next one.

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Solid follow up

Following on from the solider, the story stays with the main characters and expands with more in-depth prador characters which work well.
The narrative is exciting although sometimes I think the battle detail takes away from the main story arc.

If you liked the solider you’ll like this.

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Cliffhangertastic

Really good, slowly ramps up from where we left the last book. Massive cliff hanger, will struggle waiting for next book.

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Superb continuation of the Jain

Second book in the current Jain books, excellent story and characters and I am so happy that Neal Asher got Peter Noble back to narrate as the narrator that was used for the Spatterjay books ruined my enjoyment, just got wait for part 3 now 😳

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Suffers "middle book" syndrome

Not so much of anything happens, but characters and situations are clearly set up for the final book. It's a meandering story, not helped by a droll reading which fails to inject life to the characters. Cool tech, and I'll continue, but I need a break from it first.

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At last!

With most SF now being of the form of militaristic expansion of humanity, Asher’s efforts are a breath of fresh air reminiscent of Iain Banks.
Can’t wait for the Audible version of Human