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Polity Agent

The Fourth Agent Cormac Novel
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Trade Paperback - $15.99
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ISBN: 9781597805094
Published: 05/06/2014

Mass Market - $7.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597809818
Forthcoming: 01/01/2019


The thrilling saga of Agent Cormac continues as a rogue alien technology begins its devastating spread through the worlds of the Polity. . .

From eight hundred years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity, allowing a ragged tide of refugees through as they attempt to take the alien “Maker” back to its home civilization. But the gate itself is rapidly shut down and dumped into a nearby sun—something alien is pursuing them.

From the refugees, Agent Ian Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by a virus: the Jain technology. This, of course, raises questions: Why was Dragon, a massive bioconstruct of the Makers, really sent to the Polity? Why did a Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone who could do the most damage with it?

And all the while, an entity called the Legate is distributing pernicious Jain nodes . . . and a renegade attack ship, The King of Hearts, has encountered something very nasty outside the Polity itself.

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.

Neal Asher is a science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards. He has published more than twenty books, many set within his “Polity” universe, including GridlinkedThe Skinner, and Dark Intelligence. He divides his time between Essex and a home in Crete.

Praise for Polity Agent
“Another great SF novel and continues the Cormac series in style. . . . Neal Asher has firmly established himself as one of the premier science fiction authors writing today.”— SFF World

“A terrific read with all the distinctive Asher trademarks – great tech, lots of action, big guns and even bigger explosions.”— Worlds In Ink

“Fans will love this novel, and eagerly await the next installment. . . . If you like good hard sci-fi, and you're not familiar with Asher's work yet, you should probably remedy that.”— The Green Man Review

“Asher's prose and writing skill have improved noticeably. Polity Agent is his most effective series entry . . . [but] be warned: here be monsters.”— Trashotron

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