War Factory

4.25 based on 444 ratings & 45 reviews on Goodreads.com

One seeks judgement, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge . . .

Thorvald Spear is losing his mind as he drowns in dark memories that aren't his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it's murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain.

As Spear tracks the AI across a hostile starscape, he has company. Sverl, an alien prador, has been warped by Penny Royal and hungers to confront it. But will the AI's pursuers destroy each other or hunt it together? Sverl's prador enemies aren't far behind either. They plan to use his transition to prove human meddling, triggering a devastating new war.

Clues suggest Penny Royal's heading for the defective war factory that made it. So allies and enemies converge, heading for the biggest firestorm that sector of space has ever seen. But will Spear secure vengeance for his unquiet dead?

What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels . . . a compelling, smart read
Locus on Dark Intelligence (Book One)
One of his best works so far . . . Asher is a modern master of Sci-Fi
Starburst magazine on Dark Intelligence (Book One)
Beautifully paced . . . does just as well as at slam-bang action scenes as at painting frightening pictures . . . This is space opera at a high peak of craftsmanship
Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Dark Intelligence (Book One)

About Neal Asher

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,Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion and Orbus. War Factory is the second novel in a new series set in the Polity universe, following Dark Intelligence.

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Books by Neal Asher

Infinity Engine
Infinity Engine
Dark Intelligence
Dark Intelligence
Jupiter War
Jupiter War
Zero Point
Zero Point
Snow in the Desert (Short Reads)
Snow in the Desert (Short Reads)
The Departure
The Departure
Hilldiggers
Hilldiggers
The Line War
The Line War
The Gabble - And Other Stories
The Gabble - And Other Stories
Prador Moon
Prador Moon
The Technician
The Technician
Brass Man
Brass Man
Polity Agent
Polity Agent
The Voyage of the Sable Keech
The Voyage of the Sable Keech
Orbus
Orbus
Shadow of the Scorpion
Shadow of the Scorpion
Cowl
Cowl
The Skinner
The Skinner
Gridlinked
Gridlinked
The Line of Polity
The Line of Polity

Books in the Series

Infinity Engine
Infinity Engine
Dark Intelligence
Dark Intelligence