Author(s): Neal Asher
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?
The action packed follow-up to Neal Asher's Dark Intelligence, a no-holds-barred space opera
Asher ventures into some terrifying minds and incredible space battles in this tangled but heart-pounding sequel, which achieves a rare success in depicting truly non-human forms of intelligence Publishers Weekly 'This new novel has all the things I loved in Dark Intelligence, but extended and improved: more action scenes and more spectacular battles, deeper characterization, wider focus ... Asher has done a tremendous work with War Factory' Sense of Wonder 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) Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera epic ... 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 TheRegister.co.uk on Dark Intelligence (Book One)
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.