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The Voyage Of The Sable Keech [Paperback]

Neal Asher
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Nov. 5 2010

Sable Keech is a walking dead man, and the only one to have been resurrected by nanochanger. Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus? Tracing the man’s last-known seaborne journey, Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants so much else—adulation, power, control—and will go to any lengths to achieve them.

An ancient hive mind has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it merely want to obtain the poison sprine that is crucial to immortality? Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, is interrupted by an angry whelkus titanicus, and begins a strange journey.

Deep in the ocean the Spatterjay virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all. Something long-dormant is breaking free. And Sniper, its Warden, finally receives his new drone shell. It’s better than his old one: powerful engines, more lethal weapons, thicker armour. He’s going to need them.

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Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Continues the story Oct. 12 2010
By Abe
Continues the Spatterjay series begun in The Skinner. If you enjoyed the latter you'll enjoy this one equally.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Asher, but below Polity Par March 10 2007
By Serenity - Published on
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Neal Asher has recently entered my own personal sci-fi hall of fame. His writing skills are superb and his novels are invariably entertaining. This novel slightly disappointed me, it not being on the same scale as Line of Polity or Brass Man (or its predecessor, Skinner, for that matter). There were too many subplots; and the major plot was not given enough emphasis to standout, and I was left behind, trying to pick up pieces and put them together. All in all, I was left with the impression of hurry.

I have to say though, his characters are thoroughly enjoyable and very real, and I never pass up a chance to read his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review April 18 2006
By A. J. Cull - Published on
If you enjoyed The Skinner, you will love this latest excursion to the insanely dangerous waterworld of Spatterjay. I really had a good time with this book! It has all the elements I like about Asher's Polity stories, including his sheer creative exuberance. Viruses, hive minds, voracious monsters, exotic weapons, giant whelks, this has it all! Complexly plotted, fast-moving, bursting with action, swarming with extremely nasty alien life forms and featuring some ace futuristic military tech, this is a novel which will immensely please Asher's existing fans and will get him plenty of new fans too. Acquire this book now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 29 2007
By omniverous reader - Published on
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Exciting and engaging read -- back to the world of SpatterJay, but somehow kinder and less scary than other books in the series. A little long perhaps for the ideas within -- seems to go on rather long, without much new content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neal just gets better March 16 2006
By Kirby W. Ubben - Published on
I can't quite lay my finger on what exactly makes Mr. Asher's stuff flow so smoothly, or how he seems to create such a fantastic futuristic but dead real seeming world.

Voyage, despite my promises to read it slowly, is one of those books that just swiftly changes your priorities for you. Neal has mastered the art of switching focus between plots and sub-plots, main characters and minor to such a degree, that he switches plots at the exact right moment to hold up momentum for the plot being switched from and cleanly into the next.

it's art.

voyage comes as a follow up to the classic "the skinner" which i suggest you read first, though, he does a brilliant job of making the book stand on it's on, with just the right amount of back story.

the world is Spatterjay, where a virus left to it's own devices for untold time, has produced immortality in it's hosts.

combine this with a dark past with human slave trade with an alien race known as Prador, and mysterious Hive minds jockeying for possession of Sprine, the one substance known to kill the Spatterjay virus, and it's host, and it virtual chaos, as a ship full of "reifs" attempt to re-create the voyage of Sable Keech, the own known reif to successfully come back from the dead.

seems like this would be to busy of a storyline, but asher weaves it together in a style i personally have grown to love.

five stars isn't enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars In the world of Hoopers and deadly beasts... May 15 2014
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Neal Asher makes you want to Captain your ship and live a hundred lifetimes. I love his Spatterjay stories and this one is a great followup to the "Skinner". A must read.
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