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Jupiter War
     

Jupiter War

4.3 10
by Neal Asher
 

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Alan Saul is now part-human and part-machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue -- but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul's robots make his crew

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Alan Saul is now part-human and part-machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue -- but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant. Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul's escape. Earth's ruthless dictator hides her crimes from a cowed populace as she readies new warships for pursuit. She aims to crush her enemy in a terrifying display of interstellar violence. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad's death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity's greatest prize -- seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen gene-bank data will come at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity's future?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/17/2014
This dizzying and unusually thoughtful space opera, which concludes the trilogy begun in The Departure and Zero Point, shows the tyrannical forces of Earth trying to stop a lone genius from fleeing the solar system. Serene Galahad, Earth’s psychotic dictator, is willing to kill most of the “human scum” and genetically alter the rest in order to mend the damage of overpopulation. Alan Saul has been mechanically augmented until he is much more than human, and he now questions whether preserving the humans aboard his stolen space station is worth the bother. These two very clever opponents, armed with mind-stretching super technology, feint and parry as they struggle for supremacy. Mordant commentary interspersed throughout the action reminds readers to observe how the different definitions of “humanity” influence the conflict and the question of who—if anyone—is in the right. The result is a challenging, extremely satisfying read. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-20
Final installment in the medium-future trilogy (Zero Point, 2013, etc.) featuring an armed struggle between a brutal Earth regime and a single post-human intelligence. Ruthless dictator Serene Galahad has killed half of Earth's population with a virus triggered by implants in their brains, an act for which she blames Alan Saul. Saul, a fusion of human and artificial intelligence, has vastly expanded his brain into the electronic systems of Argus Station, currently orbiting near Jupiter. He develops new fast, smart robots capable of linking in teams, accomplishing in hours what would take ordinary humans months or years. He has a warp drive for interstellar travel. The crew of Argus Station is now superfluous to his needs. He wonders if he's still human. Should he just dump his crew and flee? Yet his sister will die a slow death on Mars unless he rescues her. Serene, he realizes, has her own hardware-equipped, computer-linked "comlifers" that in a few years will grow powerful enough to challenge him. She will eventually develop her own warp drive. And she has three warships nearing completion. Meanwhile, a heavily damaged vessel, having failed to destroy Saul, heads toward Earth, some crew members intent on killing Serene, others hoping to bargain with her over the Gene Bank, the key to rebuilding Earth's devastated ecology. Violence, of course, is what Asher does best—by presenting a stunning, brutal spectacle and taking his readers right into the middle of it. He expertly ratchets up the narrative tension and excitement with high-tech mayhem and technological razzle-dazzle. And it's a genuine pleasure to watch him construct a formidably advanced intelligence and show us its capabilities. A must for fans of the trilogy; newcomers will want to start with Book 1.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804943
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Series:
Owner , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
146,343
File size:
760 KB

Meet the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between there and Crete.

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Jupiter War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As depressing as the future it paints is I like this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But i likes hades.
ZPapaGeek More than 1 year ago
Excellent story line diminished by frequent, overly detailed, descriptions of Galahad's depravity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey bebe just got home
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I didnt get a text but i hope my mom doesnt see it love you to and i have school again" :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Is she ok?"she whimpered
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The starclan kissed her head, and purred, "stay young one... many love you" as he faded away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She nodded. "Okay." ((If I don't reply within 5 minutes, I fell asleep.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, let me try again.