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The Voyage of the Sable Keech

The Voyage of the Sable Keech

The Second Spatterjay Novel

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

ISBN: 9781597805100
Published: 06/03/2014

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

ISBN: 9781597809894
Published: 04/02/2019

Reissued in mass-market paperback, The Voyage of the Sable Keech is the second book in Neal Asher’s classic Spatterjay series and the sequel to The Skinner.

Previously deceased for seven hundred years, Sable Keech is now a walking dead man. But was he really resurrected because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus? Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants more—adulation, power, and control—and will go to any lengths to achieve his goals.

Meanwhile, an ancient hive mind has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it merely want to obtain the poison “sprine” that is crucial to immortality? Or does it have other goals, as well?

Elsewhere, Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, is interrupted by an angry whelkus titanicus, and begins a strange journey.

And Sniper, Spatterjay’s Warden, finally receives his new drone shell. It’s better than his old one, with powerful engines, more lethal weapons, and thicker armour. He’s going to need them.

Because deep in the ocean, the Spatterjay virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all—as something long-dormant is breaking free. . . .

Praise for The Voyage of the Sable Keech

“Asher is as feverishly inventive as ever, and keeps those pages turning. . . . this is SF with the volume turned up. Recommended.”—SF Site

“Science fiction/horror/planetary adventure that pushes all the buttons of [Asher’s] other novels: action, plot, and vibrant setting.”—Speculiction

“Wonderful plot turns, utterly memorable characters and a tour of a world that is dangerously beautiful . . . Once you're plugged in to The Voyage of the Sable Keech, you'll want to stay there as long as you can.”—The Agony Column, reviewed by Rick Kleffel

“A well thought out, beautifully-realised creation. . . . an accessible piece of gritty, hard-edged sci-fi.”—GamesRadar+

“[Asher] is one our loudest and brashest authors, but he is also of the best at controlling and conducting his myriad plot strands—so the result, though always very, very loud, is invariably symphonic, rather than cacophonous. . . . Asher remains one of my top British SF authors and I wholeheartedly recommend his work to all.”—SFRevu

“[The Voyage of the Sable Keech] gives Neal a chance to expand his writing strengths: his extensive use of new, bizarre and yet plausible wildlife, his gleeful use of technology (particularly weaponry) and (rather unusually for an SF writer, I think), his humour. There is much to enjoy (and shudder at) on the world of Spatterjay!”—SFF World

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