The Departure (Owner Series #1)

The Departure (Owner Series #1)

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by Neal Asher
     
 

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TWO WORLDS, ONE ENEMY

Earth

An overpopulated world is under the brutal, high-tech thumb of the Committee. Towering robot shepherds, pain-inducers, and reader guns maintain control over masses of zero-asset citizens, but for the elite this not enough. Twelve billion must human beings must die before the Earth can be stabilized, and the Argus satellite laser

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TWO WORLDS, ONE ENEMY

Earth

An overpopulated world is under the brutal, high-tech thumb of the Committee. Towering robot shepherds, pain-inducers, and reader guns maintain control over masses of zero-asset citizens, but for the elite this not enough. Twelve billion must human beings must die before the Earth can be stabilized, and the Argus satellite laser network is almost ready.

Waking in a crate destined for an incinerator, Alan Saul remembers only pain and his torturer’s face. But he has company: Janus, a rogue AI inhabiting the forbidden hardware in his skull. Saul intends to stop Argus and get his revenge on the Committee–once he finds out who he used to be.

Mars.

Abandoned by the Committee, the Antares Base faces extinction. The colonists there will not be returning to Earth nor will they be receiving any additional supplies or support. Unless they are very ingenious, they will run out of resources and be dead within five years.

As if that’s not dire enough, Varalia Delex finds herself caught in a violent power struggle with the base’s ruthless political officers–who see everyone else as expendable. As spilled blood turns the Red Planet even redder, Var discovers that Mars holds very new and interesting ways to die

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On an overpopulated, high-tech future Earth where most humans are deemed zero-asset citizens and destined for destruction, the Committee enjoys total control. It has also abandoned the Antares Base colony on Mars, dooming the colonists. Alan Saul, a former prisoner of the Committee, escapes death by incineration only to discover that his memories are missing and that he shares his mind with a powerful, rogue AI that provides him with enhanced mental and physical abilities. On Mars, Varalia Delex joins a movement to attempt to save Antares Base. VERDICT Asher (Brass Man; Cowl) begins a new saga that tells the stories of two worlds struggling for freedom and self-determination. A feast for fans of high-tech sf and space adventure/suspense. [Zero Point, the second volume, will publish in May—Ed.]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804479
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Owner Series , #1
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
553,487
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


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, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician.

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Departure 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can see the world painted for you in this series. As a techie I want the implants bur as a person I'm just sad at this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He runs in and turns toward the fox and his long claws ran across its muzzle. It yowled but then hit him against a tree. Suprised as he doesnt seem to be injured.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He leaps in from a tree branch, landing on the fox's back. He digs three claws in and rakes the other through the fox's flesh. The fox yowls in pain and tries to shake him off. He leaps off and barrels into the fox's hind leg, causing it to buckle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She twists her body to curve around the other side of the fox & claws its side fur out.