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This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech, tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus – a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard, lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected. Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell.
Vrell, having been mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, killing much of its crew, and is intent on heading back to the Prador Third Kingdom to exact vengeance on the King of the Prador, who tried to have him killed. All three ships are heading towards a climatic confrontation to The Graveyard, where underlying truths about the virus are revealed and an ancient menace to civilization reappears....
©2009 Neal Asher (P)2010 Audible
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By Andrew on 06-01-11

Hard Sci-fi with a steam/cyber punk feel.

Although I somewhat agree with the other reviewer that it was certainly difficult at times to keep everything straight. I do love John Lee's narration work, maybe they had an intern do the editing and mix work.

Besides that though, this book is a bit of a departure from the previous two books in that it takes placed almost entirely off planet. The characters, the plot, and the settings are all done very well.

Although this book may not change your life, it is leaps and bounds above the normal rubbish Sci-fi literature.I would defiinitely recommend it, but be aware that the editing is a bit funky.

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By Edward on 01-11-12

More Neal Asher Please!

What made the experience of listening to Orbus the most enjoyable?

Straight ahead, crisp storytelling. It was filled with creative mayhem, imaginative tech and cool characters. Even the bad guys were awesome and interesting.

What other book might you compare Orbus to and why?

Asher's characters are a lot like the warrior characters in Williams Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. Nobody will ever be as cool as Molly Millions, but a lot of characters in this book come close. In particular a certain war drone AI named sniper.

What does William Gaminara bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clean narration. Doesn't go overboard creating voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My thought on finishing this book was that was,

Any additional comments?

More Neal Asher, Please!

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By Ch3nz on 01-05-18

very entertaining

mutated crab-like aliens, ancient aliens, AIs, mutated humans. what more can u ask for? love Sniper!!!

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By Anton on 04-15-17

The best epic space fiction I have experienced

If you love Ian M Banks, this will blow you away. I'm off to download the rest of Neal Asher.
He is now one of my favorites of all time.

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