Voyage of the Sable Keech

THE VOYAGE OF THE SABLE KEECH

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It's highly entertaining and brilliantly imagined stuff, and there can be few readers out there who will fail to enjoy this, and pretty much every other aspect of Asher’s writing. -- John Berlyne (SFRevu)

I was ready for a break from real life, and Asher whisked me away without delay. -- J. J. S. Boyce (Green Man Review).

No, once you're plugged in to 'The Voyage of the Sable Keech', you'll want to stay there as long as you can. -- Rick Kleffel (The Agony Column)

The reification Sable Keech, a walking dead man, is the only one to have been resurrected by nanochanger. Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or because he came late to resurrection in a tank of seawater? Tracing the man’s journey in a ship also named after him, Taylor Bloc wants to know. He also wants so much else – adulation, power, control – and will go to any lengths to get it. And he has brought the means.

An ancient hive mind, almost incomprehensible to the human race, has sent an agent to the world. Does it want to obtain the poison sprine – effective against those made virtually indestructible by the Spatterjay virus? Janer must find it and stop it. Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, has her solitude rudely interrupted by a very angry whelkus titanicus, and begins the strangest of journey’s. Captain Ambel’s own journey, from Olian’s – where the currency of death his kept in a vault – is equally as strange. But he must reap the harvest of Erlin’s mistake, and survive.

Deep in the ocean the virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all. Something dormant for ten years is breaking free, and once again the aftershocks of an ancient war will focus on this watery world. And Sniper, for ten years the Warden of Spatterjay, finally takes delivery of his new drone shell. It’s much better than his old one: powerful engines, more lethal weapons, thicker armour.

He’s going to need it.

REVIEW LINKS

SFRevu: http://sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=3682

Green Man Review: http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_asher_sablekeech.html

SFX: http://www.sfx.co.uk/book_reviews/the_voyage_of_the_sable_keech

The Guardian: http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/roundupstory/0,,1717359,00.html Emerald City: http://www.emcit.com/emcit126.php?a=7

sffworld: http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/256.html

Agony Column: http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2006/asher-voyage_sable_keech.htm

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Orbus

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Orbus hits every nail on the head, every time. Neal has not only delivered an excellent, enthralling and action-packed story, but probably his most accomplished and enjoyable novel to date. I honestly can't recommend this one highly enough. – Walker of Worlds

Its as you’d expect from Neal, fun, fast paced and above all well developed.– Falcata Times

Each book I’ve read has expanded the details of the Polity universe in a new direction, and I loved the drones in this story as much as the human characters, and even the vengeful Vrell. – Fantasy Book Review (Pippa Jay)

Now in charge of an cargo spaceship, the Old Captain Orbus, flees a violent and sadistic past, but he doesn’t know that the lethal war drone, Sniper, is a stowaway, and that past is rapidly catching up with him. His old enemy, the Prador Vrell, mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, slaughting its entire crew, and now seeks to exact vengeance on those who tried to have him killed.

Their courses inexorably converge in the Graveyard, the border realm lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom, a place filled with the ruins left by past genocides and interplanetary war. Secure in that same place the Golgoloth, a monster to a race of monsters, is recruited by the terrifying King of the Prador into the long cold war between his kind and the humans. It is imperative that Vrell be hunted down and killed, for what he knows and what he might become.

Meanwhile, something that has annihilated civilizations is stirring from a slumber of five million years, and the cold war is heating up, fast.

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The Skinner

Spatterjay Book 1

Book Cover: The Skinner
Editions:Kindle: £ 5.29 GBP
Pages: 433
Paperback: £ 10.99 GBP
ISBN: 978-0330512527
Size: 13.30 x 20.30 cm
Pages: 592
Hardcover: £ 12.62 GBP
ISBN: 978-0765307378
Size: 16.30 x 24.60 cm
Pages: 480

The price of immortality is high, when flesh is a harvest.

His easy style and intriguing plot make for a great story that treats the reader as an adult rather than an educationally subnormal adolescent' -- The Times (Tim Cadman)

'an exhilarating tour through one of the most ingeniously, elaborately deadly worlds since Harry Harrison invented Death World in the 1960s' -- Locus (Russell Letson)

'Wild imagination, rigorous extrapolation, great characters , well-placed humor, clever plotting and a boatload of monsters make this novel a must-buy for any serious science fiction reader' -- Rick Kleffel

 To the Line planet Spatterjay come three travellers: Janer brings the eyes of a hornet Hive mind, and an agenda he would rather not own; Erlin comes to find Ambel – the ancient sea captain who can teach her to live; and Sable Keech is a man with a vendetta he will not give up, though he has been dead for seven hundred years.

The world is mostly ocean, where all but a few visitors from the Human Polity remain safely in the island Dome. Outside, the native hoopers risk the voracious appetite of the planet’s fauna in their struggle for life and life eternal. Somewhere out there is Spatterjay Hoop himself, and monitor Keech will not rest until he can bring this legendary renegade to justice – for crimes so hideous Keech can never forget.

Pursuing rumour, Keech learns that Hoop has become something monstrous: his body roaming free on an island wilderness, whilst his living head is confined in a box on board one of the old captain's ships. Janer, the eternal tourist, is bewildered by this place where sails speak and the people just will not die, but his bewilderment turns to anger when he learns the Hive mind’s intentions. Erlin thinks she has all the time she will ever need to find the answers she requires, and could not be more wrong. And so these three travel and search, not knowing that one of the brutal Prador is about to pay a surreptitious visit, intent on exterminating witnesses to wartime atrocities, nor do they know how terrible is the price of immortality on Spatterjay.

As the fortunes of these travellers unwittingly converge, a major hell is about to erupt in this chaotic waterscape ... where minor hell is already a remorseless fact of everyday life – and death.

'Asher's ready, willing, and more than able to put the fear of...whatever he likes, into you' -- sfsite (Lisa DuMond)

‘a piece of phantasmagoric SF that few aficionados will want to miss' -- The Good Book Guide (Barry Forshaw)'

‘The Skinner is crammed full of inventive technology, organic and artificial intelligence, horrible monsters, and a thick mesh of story lines' -- SFX (Sam Croft)

'And ten seconds in the company of the alien enemy, the Prador, would assuredly be sufficient guarantee a mass avoidance of lobsters' -- Dreamwatch (Colin Baker)

’loads of cool gadgets and enough violence to satisfy even me' -- Waterstones (Mike Rowley)

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Reviews:Tim Cadman on The Times wrote:

His easy style and intriguing plot make for a great story that treats the reader as an adult rather than an educationally subnormal adolescent

Russell Letson on Locus wrote:

An exhilarating tour through one of the most ingeniously, elaborately deadly worlds since Harry Harrison invented Death World in the 1960s

Rick Kleffel wrote:

Wild imagination, rigorous extrapolation, great characters , well-placed humor, clever plotting and a boatload of monsters make this novel a must-buy for any serious science fiction reader

Lisa DuMond on Sfsite wrote:

Asher's ready, willing, and more than able to put the fear of...whatever he likes, into you

Barry Forshaw on The Good Book Guide wrote:

A piece of phantasmagoric SF that few aficionados will want to miss

Sam Croft on SFX wrote:

The Skinner is crammed full of inventive technology, organic and artificial intelligence, horrible monsters, and a thick mesh of story lines

Colin Baker on Dreamwatch wrote:

And ten seconds in the company of the alien enemy, the Prador, would assuredly be sufficient guarantee a mass avoidance of lobsters

Mike Rowley on Waterstones wrote:

Loads of cool gadgets and enough violence to satisfy even me


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