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Orbus (Spatterjay #3)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,199 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 17th 2011 by Audible Frontiers (first published April 9th 2009)
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I have to say that I am done with Spatterjay. This one tipped the balance where I no longer care about what happens in this story. It was all a bit too much. I feel like I read a story about one continuous long battle with high tech weaponry. It just didn't take a break and try to develop a story. It felt like it was a battle wrapped around some characters that were exactly the same as the previous books.
So that's me done with Spatterjay.
Orbus, an Old Captain from Spatterjay, has left his sadistic ways after the near death experience and decided to change the climate. As a captain of the trade space ship he goes go Graveyard carrying with him the two drone stowaways. Soon, it becomes clear that they we all manipulated by ruling AIs, because the Prador runaway Vrell, mutated by Spatterjay virus has gone in the same direction. Both Prador king and the Polity take the interest in the situation as well as their weapons. The Spatterj ...more
Tim Hicks
First, you MUST have read the previous Spatterjay books. Looking back, it's amazing how far we travelled in just three books. It's hugely complicated.

Asher writes this one in present tense. At times it makes me feel I'm in his Dungeons & Dragons game. "Vrell attacks with a particle cannon." "You roll a 7. You are only slightly injured."

In mid-book, I get quite bored as Asher explores the permutations of mighty weapon X against awesome defence Y. But then the plot starts advancing again and
Pippa Jay
Of all the Neal Asher books I've read so far, this is my favourite. The story is fast-paced and full of gloriously grim descriptions. The sardonic interplay between Old Captain Orbus and his disgustingly-named crewmate Drooble are hilarious, as is the strange relationship between the drones Sniper and Thirteen. And over it all looms the mutating Prador Vrell, being hunted by the Prador King and a mythical monster of Prador nightmares, the Golgoloth. Gripping, chilling and entertaining. Not recom ...more
Miki Habryn
Jan 20, 2014 Miki Habryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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More a three-and-a-half-star book. Asher shading into space opera, and doing so in somewhat undistinguished fashion. Lots of Prador history exposition, but with confused results, making them a little more human but inconsistently so. Similarly indeterminate humanization of Orbus himself, with a scattering of psychological vignettes but no real depth. Maybe not three-and-a-half after all.
Asher's The Skinner made me a fan with its gonzo neo-pulp adventures of immortal pirate captains, living sails, undead robot cops, and a lethal ecosystem where everything is eating everything else. Orbus is the third book in this series, and the shine has started to wear off a bit.

Firstly, the titular character Orbus, is one of the aforementioned pirate captains, and is a fairly interesting character, being a 'reformed' sadist. However, he's really only driving the action of the book for maybe
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With Orbus, the Spatterjay trilogy ends up so far from its thrilling beginning that this last book might as well be from a different series altogether. What made the original book so great was that it pitted fragile humans against horrible creatures on a planet full of freaks. Orbus, though, takes place entirely off that planet and removes the human element altogether. What's left are the horrible creatures, who are left to duke it out in
A thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech, tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus. Once a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists aboard the Vignette on Spatterjay but now a changed man, running cargo offworld and trying to put his past behind him.

Then there's Vrell, the offspring of the Prador Ebulan, now an adult and mutated by the Spatterjay virus into a much more dangerous foe. From hiding on the ocean floor in his father's dreadnought. he sees a chance of esca
Great book. If The Skinner was about the Old Captains and The Voyage of Sable Keech was about re-ifs then this is about the Prador.
The action moves away from Spatterjay and into space following Orbus, Sniper and Thirteen as they investigate some strange dealings. Meanwhile, the Prador Vrell must come to terms with being infected with the virus and work out what to do now he has boarded another ship.
The Prador King and one of their myths put in an appearance, too. Then things really begin to hot
Interesting characters, solid plot.

This book was harder for me to get into though. There was a lot of really technical, dry description which didn't keep my attention, and I found myself skimming instead of reading. Maybe because of this - but maybe not - some later details in the book didn't make sense or seem resolved. (Of course I didn't write them down right away so I forget what those details were.)
The ending to the Prador/Spatterjay sequence within the larger Polity setting after the superb Skinner and the very good Voyage of the Sable Keech, Orbus is the first Neal Asher novel that was a big "meh" for me.

Not bad, but not exciting either, just a competent piece of space opera that lacks freshness and great characters; the trademark Asher stuff is there and for that and to see how the Pardor sequence ends the book is recommended, but I just got bored with the setting and Orbus notably lack
I loved Sable Keech, and this sequel definitely did not disappoint. This is one of the finest trilogy-ending books I have read, and the only thing I disliked about the book was that it ended. The plot twists and turns like a twisty turny thing, the characters are well defined and all have their own conflicting motives and the action does not let up, from quite early in the piece. I am a sucker for alien biology and technology, and Neal Asher has come up with some of the most out-there, exciting ...more
While I enjoyed the story, the writing nearly killed me. Why suddenly switch this series to present tense narrative? While I understand that present tense does help build suspense and tension and works well for fast-paced narratives, I think it works much better for short stories or, say, a dream sequence. 400+ pages of it was just plain annoying. While there was plenty of action in this book, there was also a whole lot of nothing going on at some points. In these cases, using the present tense ...more
I love Neal Asher's space opera blend of the gruesome and the sublime, biological monstrosities and hightech engineering and physics, vast-scale plots spreading over millions of years and personal journeys of redemption, so it will probably comes as no surprise that I liked this book.

This is the third novel in the Spatterjay sequence (Spatterjay, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Orbus) and provides a satisfying batch of answers to issues and questions left unresolved and unanswered in the other tw
Julia Rose
Awesome, I really love Neal Asher! Captain Orbus is a great character although I will admit that my favourite character is Sniper who is quite central in this book. Following Sniper and 13 along with the mysterious Prador, absolutely great.
Huw Evans
The latest in the Spatterjay series that I have read and it is just as much fun as the others. Over the series Neal Asher has collected together some fascinating sci-fi ideas, some extraordinary protagonists, androids with attitude and increasingly scary villains. All of them have to combine to combat a threat more terrifying than each other, the Jain whose military memory and experience and is coded in their DNA. This is a breakneck read, terrifically written even if the ending is a little too ...more
This is classic page turning sci-fi from Neil Asher. Those who come to this book should be familiar with the Polity universe and the first two Splatterjay books. Asher wraps up the spaltterjay thread to his world here neatly enough and in his usual style. In fact for those who enjoy the massive scale high tech combat violence then this might be their favourite as its pretty much non stop. The flip side of this is that the characterisation - never Ashers' strong point - is even weaker here.

This w
Not as good as the previous books from this author
Jeff Young
The third book in the Spatterjay series picks up directly after the end of the Voyage of the Sable Keech. This book hits the ground running and accelerates wildly afterward. There are action sequences here that must have left Asher breathless after writing them. Insane, over the top space opera that thoroughly caught me up for a fantastic read. Asher pulled out all the stops on this one. This is a Spatterjay novel and potential readers will enjoy it more thoroughly by reading The Skinner and the ...more
Both the Spatterjay connection and even the title reference to captain Orbus, a minor character in the previous Spatterjay books, is really tangential, as Orbus remains a secondary character here. This is a book about Prador, a vicious alien sentient species, with the humans mostly as bystanders, and a resurgence of Asher's overused "diabolus ex-machina" Jain. Quite uninteresting unless you have read all the previous Polity books, and not even much interesting in that case. No sympathetic charac ...more
Not quite as strong as the first two, but that's like saying being hit by a bus has less impact than being hit by a lorry! Asher continues to broaden his brutally grim vision of the Spatterjay world, with some interesting evolutionary twists, creative means of blowing stuff up, blackly humorous dialogue and a sense of everything coming together in the nick of time....ALL the time!

When I have more free time I'm going to plug into more Neal Asher series, I suggest you get a hold of The Skinner ASA
Daniel Gonçalves
A new book in Asher's Spatterjay series. This time around, we get a better look at Prador psychology and society. Escaping from Spatterjy, Vrell does his best to survive. Orbus, the sadistic Old Captain, now off planet, gets involved more than he bargained for. Overall a nice read, although it did feel a tad too short. I got the feeling that the importance and complexity of the events that played in the book required a more elaborated etup. Especially Orbus' psychological evolution throughout th ...more
This book is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Don't get me wrong, I love the entire Spatterjay series, but this book inspired some emotions in me, in quanties previously thought impossible. While the novel carries the name of an Old Captain, this book is really about the Prador and a young upstart named Vrell, infected with a supervirus. CRAB ON ROIDS. Oh my god, this book had adventure, terror, death defying escapes an epic starship battle and the kitchen sink. Definetly one to re ...more
Fresno Bob
Excellent fast paced conclusion to the splatter jay trilogy
It had its moments, especially when it was talking abour Orbus becoming whole again, and moving on from his past traumas. I just couldn't get into Vrell's development as a character, and since he is given equal time there were large sections of the book that dragged for me. Not a bad read, but disappointing considering how much I liked Splatterjay, and how many ideas were crammed into Sable Keech (and great characters as well).
I think I may be temporarily Ashered out. Found the recaps near the beginning somewhat clumsily done and the technical explainations somewhat painful and mindnumbing as opposed to interesting. It got better as the book continued, but I was nowhere near as into the storyline and characters as I typically am with this author (and world). Maybe I just need an Asher break
Richard Sandstrom
Wonderful finale to the series! Humor and intense action with a kind of antagonist that is more alien than alien. The only knock is the action, for the first time in the series or with Asher's work overall, started to feel a bit like "one-upsmanship" without the smooth transitions I've become accustomed. The lead up to the climatic scene was a bit rough is all.
Enjoyable end to the trilogy, but still not as good as the agent McCormac series.

Captain Orbus, from book 2, is now in charge of a space freighter sent to the DMZ between the Polity and Prador Kingdom. Along with his sidekick AI Sniper and Thirteen, they encounter some really bad Pradors, and some even worse (spoiler) Jain soldiers.
Neal Asher has taken the spatterjay books about as far as they can go. The various hyper-evolved Prador were pretty cool. The human characters were a little flat. Making the human action interesting in the context of a conflict between nearly god-like beings was a challenge that Asher met only partially. Ending was a little too tidy. Still a fun read, though.
Kelvin Clements
This is a excellent conclusion to the Spatterjay series of books, althought I think I will miss not reading about Snipper, He seem to have so much fun. Perhapes if wer are lucky, Neal will write a sort of preqel, after all Sniper was 700 year old (there is a lot of open space between the end of the Prador war and his life on Spatterjay).
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Spatterjay (3 books)
  • The Skinner (Spatterjay, #1)
  • The Voyage of the Sable Keech (Spatterjay, #2)
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