The Departure

The Departure

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by Neal Asher
     
 

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Visible in the night sky the Argus Station, its twin smelting plants like glowing eyes, looks down on nightmare Earth. From Argus the Committee keep an oppressive control: citizens are watched by cams systems and political officers, it's a world inhabited by shepherds, reader guns, razor birds and the brutal Inspectorate with its white tiled cells and pain…  See more details below

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Visible in the night sky the Argus Station, its twin smelting plants like glowing eyes, looks down on nightmare Earth. From Argus the Committee keep an oppressive control: citizens are watched by cams systems and political officers, it's a world inhabited by shepherds, reader guns, razor birds and the brutal Inspectorate with its white tiled cells and pain inducers. Soon the Committee will have the power to edit human minds, but not yet, twelve billion human being need to die before Earth can be stabilized, but by turning large portions of Earth into concentration camps this is achievable, especially when the Argus satellite laser network comes fully online . . . This is the world Alan Saul wakes to in his crate on the conveyor to the Calais incinerator. How he got there he does not know, but he does remember the pain and the face of his interrogator. Informed by Janus, through the hardware implanted in his skull, about the world as it is now Saul is determined to destroy it, just as soon as he has found out who he was, and killed his interrogator . . .

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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:
9781597804486
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
Owner , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
412
Sales rank:
213,029
File size:
723 KB

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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