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Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. He is the author of numerous science-fiction novels, including the Agent Cormac series and novels of the Polity. His most recent novels are part of the Owner series, The Departure and Zero Point.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel with some very interesting ideas. Asher doesn't fail in making this second volume of the Owner trilogy a step up from The Departure, adding in plenty to keep the pages turning. For those familiar with his Owner short stories there are some nice treats in store, and for those that haven't.... well, what are you waiting for? * Walker of Worlds *
Although neurologically enhanced Alan Saul has destroyed the despotic Committee and launched the Argus Space Station to the Mars colony, Earth has fallen prey to the egomaniacal Serene Galahad, the lone Committee survivor who's seized the chance to exert total control. When an attempted assassination plunges Saul into a coma, his second-in-command, Hannah Neumann, tries to keep his condition a secret while assuming the burden of shaping Argus's destiny by herself. Meanwhile, Var Delex, whose actions freed the Moon from rule by a madman, now faces a potential rebellion among the ranks. VERDICT Continuing Asher's hard-sf saga of humanity's attempt to come back from the brink of disaster, this sequel to The Departure is a compelling blend of action/adventure, personal drama, and a thoughtful exploration of the complications of advanced technology. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.