War Factory

4.24 based on 693 ratings & 63 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 07.09.2017
ISBN: 9781509864997
Number of pages: 0


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?

In the media

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)