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The Line of Polity (2003)

de Neal Asher

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Sèrie: Polity: Ian Cormac (2), Polity Universe (4), Polity Universe - Publication Order (3)

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Full-scale action SF by one of Britain's most popular new writers.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. Meanwhile, on the remote planet 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.… (més)
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Good addition to the series. More weirdness and crazy scary lethal creatures, gabbleducks, heroyns and hooders, plus some big reveals on Jain technology.

Every book in this series has the same sort of multi person viewpoint switching, plotlines that don't quite make sense, and AIs that are godlike but not really. It isn't at all clear through the whole thing why humans are involved at all. Other than that, great story. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Meh, kind of ok, but there's little character engagement and that makes it hard to become engrossed. We keep jumping from character to character with little clear marking which doesn't help. Cormac has remained unlinked which kind of worked as an excuse for the first book, but isn't so relevant here. Having released the maker and dealt sort of honourably with the dragon, Cormac is the ETC's goto person whenever their might be aliens around - we get a another new one in this book the Jain. Instead of some vast being this is a distributed threadlike thing thought to be extinct, but a bio-technologist has been exploring some options on a world not quite within the borders of the Earth's AI controlled Polity. But Agents can go anywhere.

There was a some fairly tenuous linking to get Cormac out to where most of the action takes place, a random non-oxygen world controlled by a religious sect, with slaves living on adapted technology to survive while they struggle to produce enough goods for the church. The polity doesn't like to intervene unless asked, and people won't ask what they don't know exists. Everythign follows fairly predictably from there, then the Dragon and the Jain turn up and there's a big fight for far too many pages, and Ian hasn't died yet.

Most people use 'augs' as supplimentary computing devices, like an embedded phone. In the pervious book there'd been a new one more bio-tech than hardware, owned by Dragcorp. Unsurprisingly this had been subverted by the Dragon alien. Now however it appears the dragon wasn't that involved with them and the Jain is instead, which didn't make much sense either. But I don't care neough about any of the characters to follow this series any further to find out. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 27, 2021 |
This is one great Ian Cormac story. It is the second in the series, not counting the prequel (Shadow of the Scorpion). Although pretty lengthy (650 pages) it kept my interest all the way through. Lots of battle scenes, technology, cool weapons, deadly flora and fauna, interesting cast of characters (many of whom are brought over from the previous book in the series). I loved it. Highly recommended. ( )
  dmwald | Apr 1, 2021 |
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  sonofabe | Sep 22, 2020 |
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 with 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. ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
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Full-scale action SF by one of Britain's most popular new writers.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. Meanwhile, on the remote planet 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.

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