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eBook The Line of Polity (Ian Cormac, Book 2) ePub

by Neal Asher

  • ISBN: 033390365X
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Neal Asher
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor; Unabridged edition edition (March 21, 2003)
  • Pages: 560
  • ePub book: 1341 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1282 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 597

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The Line Of Polity book .

The Line Of Polity book.

Agent Cormac is back in this full-scale action SF by a master of space opera, Neal Asher. See all Product description. Having been recommended Neal Asher's books I started with the Agent Cormac Series, but enjoyed it so much I wanted to go back to the beginning so have taken a quick break from Agent Cormac and started the Polity books - to find out where he came from. Very intricate and engaging story, full of technospeak which doesn't detract from the story at all.

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Agent Cormac book 2). Neal Asher.

They marked the line beyond which AI governance and Polity law no longer applied. Here was a buffer zone of human occupation, beyond which lay numberless unexplored systems where people had ventured, but where hard fact blurred.

Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster.

Book 2 – Line of Polity. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster. For Dawn, Samantha and Rebecca, Lorna and Jack, and all ensuing generations of readers. of myself attempt to imagine.

Come visit a world where you cannot draw breath... should its horrifying wildlife allow you.Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster, and also resolve the question of Masada, a world about to be subsumed as the Line of Polity is drawn across it.But the rogue biophysicist Skellor has not yet been captured, and he now controls something so potent that Polity AIs will hunt him down forever to prevent him using it.Meanwhile on Masada, the long-term rebellion can never rise above-ground, as the slave population is subjugated by orbital laser arrays controlled by the Theocracy in their cylinder worlds, and by the fact that they cannot safely leave their labour compounds. For the wilderness of Masada lacks breathable air...and out there roam monstrous predators called hooders and siluroynes, not to mention the weird and terrible gabbleducks.

Comments

Xtani Xtani
Even though Neal Asher's "The Line of Polity" (4th in the "Polity" series and 2nd in the "Agent Cormac" sub-series) is written very similarly to the earlier books in the series, I'm dropping it a star from my ratings for those books. In this one, Asher introduces too many characters, too many points-of-view, and the battles just go on for too long. One of the nicer things he's done here, though, is to get rid of his usual completely gratuitous sex scenes. Overall, it's a good book and a good continuation of the series. I'm rating it at an OK 3 stars out of 5.
Dddasuk Dddasuk
There is a certain ineffable quality to Neal Asher's books. They are first and formost high tech, far future adventure stories. The rare scenes of an idyllic worldscape are usually shattered in moments by explosions, nanomanipulating alien technology, or the occasional AI trying to make the world a safer place. Line of Polity carries that burden well. Following shortly after the events of Gridlinked, Line of Polity continues to follow Ian Cormac, along iwth a small cast of characters working with and against him. Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed in a way that hints at Dragon, and if anyone is going to go after something related to the moonsized alien, it's Ian Cormac. Asher writes an action packed story well, and this book is no exception. There is a point about 3/4 of the way through that the action began to feel repetitive, but the last 1/4 of the book elevates the crescendo - and the stakes - bringing the book to a most satisfactory conclusion (read: couldn't put the book down for the last 100 pages, really dissapointed it was over).

Beware the gabbleduck, friends.
Amhirishes Amhirishes
Discovering Neal Asher late in the game has its advantages when it comes to the Agent Cormac series. "The Line of Polity" is number two in the sequence and it should be read as such - the sooner it follows to "Gridlinked" the better, as many characters along with Ian Cormac are carrying over from the first book.

The Polity novels are sometimes categorized as hard science-fiction, but they are better labeled as space opera. The scope couldn't be any greater which necessarily lets the science take a back seat. There are plenty of very exciting ideas when it comes to genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and alien life which are described as facts without much explanation. Where "Gridlinked" had chapter introductions as encyclopedia excerpts that brought some details to the reader, this book does not and builds on the previous.

Asher's writing is visually stunning and honestly brutal. This lets the huge cast of characters sometimes fade into the background, hard to follow, and character development is suffering at times. It is also not always clear how the scenes bring the overall story forward, but it never really gets boring. This book is a lot of fast paced fun with some flaws that hopefully will improve in the following books.
Мох Мох
I think Asher's gift as a writer is in imaging a compelling future universe. His world is a network of Polity planets governed by benevolent AIs. The Polity is populated with a range of characters from cyborg soldiers to super cool secret agent types, Separtist rebels, smugglers, New Age scientists and mysterious, super-powerful alien entities.

My main problem with "The Line of Polity" comes in the shape of a "deus ex machina" at the end. I wouldn't have minded this "rabbit out of a hat" trick if I didn't feel like Asher had done the same thing in the other novel of his that I read, "Gridlinked". My sentiments about it were the same as those here: great universe and interesting characters, lame ending.

However, I should point out that my disappointment at the ending of "The Line of Polity" was not enough to put me off Asher. I have "Brass Man" and am intending to read it soon.
ladushka ladushka
THE LINE OF POLITY is bigger in scope and page count than the first Ian Cormac novel, GRIDLINKED, but it doesn't have the focus and punch of its predecessor. In fact, LINE feels like a product rushed to market before its time. There are many scenes that add nothing to the story and many bits of inane dialogue, particularly between humans and AIs, that should have been cut. Worse, there is so much similarity between events in GRIDLINKED and LINE, and between events that occur earlier in LINE and events that occur later in LINE that it is difficult not to feel a numbing deja vu over and over again.

While GRIDLINKED and LINE are by no means identical, they are similar in structure and driven by similar conflicts. In GRIDLINKED, Earth Central Security Agent Cormac had to battle a terrorist bent on killing him, track down the culprit(s) behind the destruction of a Polity base, and struggle to regain his own lost humanity. In LINE, Cormac battles a mad scientist bent on killing him, tracks down the people behind the destruction of a different Polity base, and assists the oppressed masses of planet Masada in their efforts to overthrow a theocratic oligarchy. What we learn about the "Line" of the title--the leading edge of the Human Polity's expansion into neighboring areas of space--advances our overall understanding of the Polity and the larger universe it inhabits, but it could have done so in fewer than 663 pages.

On the plus side, Asher delivers another action-packed story that takes place in a variety of well-imagined exotic locales packed with deadly and bizarre fauna. In a reader-friendly move, he also carries over many characters familiar to readers of GRIDLOCKED, including super-agent Horace Blegg, storm troopers Gant and Thorn, mercenaries Jarvellis and John Stanton, and trickster alien Dragon. Also, his writing remains lucid and vivid.

My biggest beef with LINE, however, is that the bad guys are too comic-book-villainesque for a novel that isn't aiming for Austin Powers-level silliness. Bad guy Skellor is a familiar type, a scientist who will do anything to master dangerous technologies, regardless of the cost to others. When Cormac gives Skellor's work a temporary setback, Skellor decides that me must kill Cormac, he must inflict horrible suffering on as many other people as possible, and he must do this in the most baroque and impractical ways conceivable. He's an evil guy who does evil stuff just because he's evil and for little or no other reason. The theocratic oligarchy of Masada is slightly more complex; living in orbital habitats far above the planetbound laboring classes, their oppressive social order keeps them in power and relative luxury while using religion to justify both their exaltation and the debasement of the masses. (It's a mildly disguised and transfigured medieval Catholic Church.) Still, these theocrats are, like Skellor, black-and-white villains who have no self-doubt and no redeeming value. This is in keeping with the view expressed by a passage in the novel arguing that criminals are the cause of crime (and, implicitly, that evil people are the source of evil deeds), and that any attempts to look for deeper social/environmental explanations represent namby-pamby liberalism. I hope for his and our sake that this bit of Bushian philosophy is not his final word on the subject.

All that being said, LINE offers enough pleasures to those who enjoyed GRIDLINKED to overbalance the boring bits and the occasional insult. Conditionally recommended.