Line War

The Fifth Agent Cormac Novel

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About The Book

If you want se, violence, and excellent alients., this is your book.—SFX

Under attack from every direction, the Polity teeters on the brink of annihilation . . . and only Agent Cormac can save it.

When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon for no tactical reason and the AI entity controlling the lethal Jain technology attacks the Polity, it falls to Agent Cormac to figure out why.

But, as further attacks ensue, it brings some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity to the front lines of the war, including Mr. Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine, and Orlandine, a vastly augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology as she seeks both allies and a weapon of appalling power.

Meanwhile, with death and destruction on the horizon, scientist Mika is kidnapped and forced to wake the makers of the Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber.

But are Erebus’s attacks not erratic and instead completely planned out? And could that spell the end of the Polity?

Only Agent Cormac stands in the way . . .

Night Shade Books is proud to reissue Neal Asher’s Agent Cormac series, a fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat science fiction adventure from one of today’s most exciting SF talents.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Night Shade (February 19, 2019)
  • Length: 480 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781597809825

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Raves and Reviews

Praise for Line War
“A highly engaging, smart and fulfilling close to the Ian Cormac series . . . some of the best science fiction being produced today by one of the most talented—and underappreciated—authors in the genre.”— Fantasy Book Critic

“I came away from Line War, and the series as a whole, completely, thoroughly, and immensely pleased. . . . Neal Asher: without a doubt the most entertaining science fiction author writing today.”— SFF World

“Overall Line War is an excellent ending to the Cormac series. It provides a great sense of closure while still leaving enough room for future novels.”— Worlds In Ink

Space opera with a big helping of post-cyber-punk. . . . The world is compelling, the technological ideas are impressively thought up and put together, there is great, deepening, complex intrigue, really mean ships and faster than light action.”— The BookBag

General Praise for Neal Asher:

Neal Asher’s books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain.” —New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi

“With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher’s work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF.” ?Publishers Weekly, starred review

Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.” —Starburst magazine

A wide-screen special-effects extravaganza, a space opera featuring gods and monsters . . . Doc Smith and Olaf Stapledon in a blender, turned up to eleven, with the contents splattering across the ceiling.” ?Russell Letson, Locus

“Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best.” —Sense of Wonder

Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera . . . Asher’s books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment—and all the better for it.” —The Register

Praise for Line War
“A highly engaging, smart and fulfilling close to the Ian Cormac series . . . some of the best science fiction being produced today by one of the most talented—and underappreciated—authors in the genre.”— Fantasy Book Critic

“I came away from Line War, and the series as a whole, completely, thoroughly, and immensely pleased. . . . Neal Asher: without a doubt the most entertaining science fiction author writing today.”— SFF World

“Overall Line War is an excellent ending to the Cormac series. It provides a great sense of closure while still leaving enough room for future novels.”— Worlds In Ink

Space opera with a big helping of post-cyber-punk. . . . The world is compelling, the technological ideas are impressively thought up and put together, there is great, deepening, complex intrigue, really mean ships and faster than light action.”— The BookBag

General Praise for Neal Asher:

Neal Asher’s books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain.” —New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi

“With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher’s work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF.” ?Publishers Weekly, starred review

Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.” —Starburst magazine

A wide-screen special-effects extravaganza, a space opera featuring gods and monsters . . . Doc Smith and Olaf Stapledon in a blender, turned up to eleven, with the contents splattering across the ceiling.” ?Russell Letson, Locus

“Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best.” —Sense of Wonder

Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera . . . Asher’s books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment—and all the better for it.” —The Register

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