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The Third Spatterjay Novel

Trade Paperback - $15.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597805292
Published: 11/04/2014

“Yet another storming performance from the prolific Asher of high-octane violence, exotic tech, and terrifying and truly alien aliens.” —Daily Mail

In the third installment of the Spatterjay series, the old Captain Orbus, now in charge of a cargo spaceship, flees from a violent and sadistic past. Little does he know, however, that Sniper, a lethal war drone, is a stowaway on his ship.

From the mind of author Neal Asher, Orbus continues the story of the mutated Spatterjay virus, which has turned Captain Orbus’s old enemy, the Prador Vrell, into something more powerful and dangerous than he could ever imagine. Vrell has seized control of a dreadnought, slaughtered its entire crew, and is now out to seek vengeance on those who tried to have him killed.

On the Graveyard, the border realm lying between the Polity and the Prador kingdom, Vrell and Orbus will soon cross paths. With a race of monsters from Golgoloth beginning a long cold war between his kind and the humans, the annihilation of civilizations is upon all, and no one knows what is truly to come.

Orbus is a nonstop ride between bloody battles and vengeance that only Neal Asher can cover, and like the earlier books in the series (The Skinner and The Voyage of the Sable Keech), Orbus is definitely a can’t-miss book.

Praise for Orbus

Orbus hits every nail on the head, every time. Neal has not only delivered an excellent, enthralling and action-packed story, but probably his most accomplished and enjoyable novel to date. I honestly can’t recommend this one highly enough.”—Walker of Worlds

“I really enjoyed Orbus. . . . The story moves on quickly and there are plenty of great descriptions of the technology and the aliens, something I’ve come to expect of Asher.”—Fantasy Book Review

Orbus is an excellent space opera and a great addition to Asher's future history. As usual, Asher's action sequences are top-notch here, and the events of the story provide plenty of scope for them.”—Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic

“Asher’s descriptions of these battles are exemplary of a kind of highly technical poetry of war. . . . a terrific example of contemporary SF & a finely tuned page turner.”—Eclectic Ruckus

Orbus is a cracker from start to finish. [Asher] has always been a great world-builder, right up there with Iain M. Banks, and a great creature builder, but he’s managed to fuse them brilliantly together here. . . . Fun, fast, furious, and a great read.”—Concatenation

General Praise for Neal Asher:
“Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.” —Starburst magazine

“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

“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