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Hranice řádu (Agent Cormac #2)

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Full-scale action SF by one of Britain's most popular new writers.

Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the...more
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Published 2007 by Polaris (first published March 2003)
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Jason
4 Stars

This is a wildlyfrenetic, imaginative, and non stop pseudo hard science fiction action novel. I confess, that this type of sci fi is a guilty pleasure of mine, and as a result my review will probably be a bit biased.

This is the second Cormac novel, and also the second Neal Asher novel that I have read. It does not quite live up to the level of Gridlinked, as their is much less character development in this one. This book is extremely imaginative, in both the science involved, and the crea...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. Excellent sequel to the amazing Gridlinked and the second book in the Ian Cormac series. Set in the far future where an extremely advanced group of AIs "directs" (i.e., controls) most of the thousand worlds colonized by humans known as "The Polity." Most people are content but there is a large (and growing) movement of "separatists" that resent AI control and desire to govern themselves. Add to this a mysterious god-like alien bio-construct known only as "Dragon" and the remnants of a...more
James
This book was a definite improvement upon it's predecessor, but still somehow failed to impress me enough to make it to four stars. For some reason, it just felt like a Three Stars even though it was in every way possible better than before... well, there you go. It is what it is.

The plot line is much more interesting this time around. There is no slow introductory period that you have to trudge through to find the good stuff. This book takes off from the very word go. However, having said that...more
Michael Cummings
There is a certain ineffable quality to Neal Asher's books. They are first and formost high tech, far future adventure stories. The rare scenes of an idyllic worldscape are usually shattered in moments by explosions, nanomanipulating alien technology, or the occasional AI trying to make the world a safer place. Line of Polity carries that burden well. Following shortly after the events of Gridlinked, Line of Polity continues to follow Ian Cormac, along with a small cast of characters working wit...more
Jamie Revell
I greatly enjoyed the first of Neal Asher's "Ian Cormac" books, and this, the second, is, if anything, an improvement. Cormac himself doesn't feature quite so much in this one, although he's still a major presence. But we also have a wider cast of supporting characters getting their moment in the spotlight in a plot concerning a religious dictatorship and a madman with access to planet-destroying technology. It's more explicitly military than the first novel, and manages to explore some differen...more
Dan Lemke
This book might have been 3 1/2 star quality, but I deducted half a star for the plot essentially being the same as Asher's first novel featuring Agent Cormac (Gridlinked).

Basic premise is Agent Cormac is sent to investigate the destruction of a station (same type of investigation which propelled his action in the first book) and is followed/hunted by a vengeful antagonist whose presence is completely unrelated to the central plot (again, just like the first book).

Now, with that established, wh...more
Roddy Williams
‘Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon – a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic – is somehow involved.

Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster, and also resolve the question of Masada – a world about to be subsumed as the Line of Polity is drawn across it.

But the rogue biophysicist, Skellor, has not yet been captured, and he now...more
Kristin
I enjoyed this selection for several reasons: the story moved right along, with neither a huge amount of description, unnecessary background building, or grandiose space-physics explanations; the characters were predominantly interesting; the chapter beginnings, where a woman was reading to her child, were quite humorous; and the world Masada was a delight to read about.

Items I didn't care for: even though this was the protagonists vengeance against Cormac, Cormac really wasn't the main story....more
Mark
The Line of Polity is the second novel in Neal Asher's Cormac series, following on from events in Gridlinked. I read Gridlinked quite a while back and enjoyed it and I've also read plenty of other works by Asher that I've thoroughly enjoyed. I picked up the complete series some time ago but, for some reason that eludes me at present, never got around to reading the sequels. Well, despite the long gap between reading the first and second I jumped straight in wondering what exactly I'd be getting...more
Peter
While it's slightly more enjoyable than the first book in the series, this book didn't particularly do much for me. It's sort of a combination of secret agent tales and space opera, and I suppose it's fine for all that, but none of the characters really connected to me and I saw many of the events coming, and, for the most part, I read just to get through it. I did notice that one of the main personality characteristics of the main character, from the first book, seemed to have been completely b...more
Dustin Wyatt
Better (but not by a lot), than the first book in the series, Gridlinked.

In Gridlinked, Asher didn't realize who his best and most interesting characters were and thus didn't spend enough time exploring them. In The Line of Polity, Asher corrects that to some degree. What he didn't correct was that the main character, Cormac, is ... well ... boring.

Cormac is supposed to be this super agent, but he doesn't ever do anything! While he's surrounded by characters with amazing powers, Cormac is just...more
Louis Vigo
A really fun and thought provoking book. The characters are simple, yet the story is complex. So it balances out nicely.

Asher does a good job with technology and describing it. It probably won't be dated for many years to come, and he seems to take the initiative from writers like Frank Herbert, who's description of technology isn't so scientific, but more philosophical in nature, and lends longevity to the universe he created

He covers some really great topics, such as eugenics, religion, AI go...more
Jim Mcclanahan
The second of the Ian Cormac novels, this one was replete with much of what I have come to expect of the author, lots of action, incredibly creepy and horrifying native fauna and a thoroughly satisfying space opera. Interesting characters. As usual, one of my favorites was the old cyborg, Fethan. Nobody's fool, he played a pivotal role in much of the twists and turns of events. Much like Sniper the ancient war drone in the Spatterjay series. The villains in the piece, Skellor the "mad scientist"...more
Joe Hoy
Other reviewers have complained about the characterisations in this series, but to my mind the whole point of the series is the juxtaposition of humanity and technology, and where (if at all) the twain can meet.

Ian Cormac is explicitly introduced as a human who has spent so long hardwired into the galactic technology network that his "human" characteristics have atrophied to the point where he can be mistaken for an artificial intelligence. He's *supposed* to be boring!

That in itself sets a sig...more
Shane
Line of Polity is a good book, and I recommend it for anyone that enjoys "space opera" style science fiction with a healthy dose of biotech, AI psychology, alien-ology, and other concepts that one commonly finds spattered about in similar books written in the past several years.

I would have given the book four stars, as I really did enjoy it, but while the "secret agent man, ultra-tech style" charm of the book made it a very enjoyable read, it really isn't up to the standard of other books I've...more
Poetic Justice
There is no middle ground with Asher's stories. You either love' em to death or run like hell from them.

Fast paced, explicitly gory, multithreaded with multiple POVs and angles of attack are the typical ingredients that constitute an Asherian novel, and The Line of Polity is one more prime example. AIs, FTL travel, villains manifesting quantum level evils, mainstream nano tech and some non-mainstream uses of it, ecologies with lethal faunas and floras, titanic battles, cosmic scale eradications,...more
Peter
Pop - SciFi: I just finished this book the other day, and I did enjoy it. But I enjoyed it in the same way I enjoyed a cheap action flick: all flash and no depth. The characters are all of the same shallow archetype, and the science elements are irrelevant. There is no real plot going on here, and the ending is predictable from fairly early on.
Enough negativity. The book has plenty of good points - as I said, I enjoyed it. The book is crammed full of monstrous alien lifeforms and bloody battle;...more
Pablo Martinez
The series keeps improving, this time action is on a much grander scale and more interesting.

Ian Cormac skips after dangerous terrorists with weird and powerful alien tech.

Also a remote planet ruled by an iron fist by a theocracy wants to rebel.

I didn't like the chapter introductions. While previous books used them to give snapshots of the universe, this time they are used to relate some nonsense religious fables that I skipped over after the 3rd one.

Also, Cormac's way to solve problems doesn't...more
Mya
Asher never ceases to amaze me. Once again in the sandbox of the Polity, he weaves a grand tale of conspiracy, intrigue and technological terror, all surrounding the uber Agent Cormac. Hunted by a mad scientist, saving a planet from destruction and encountering colorful characters all the way. With alien creatures that terrify, technology that astounds, a few hard-ass mercs, rebel freedom fighters and a few plucky side-heroes, this epic novel was not only enjoyable but a tad overwhelming. Still...more
Vitaly
the quality of the writing has really improved since the first book.
Ian Mitchell
Asher has lots of great ideas. This novel is set in his "Polity" universe, which makes me think of an early version of Iain M. Banks' Culture going through growing pains. He has highly imaginative worlds and the plot of the story is reasonably interesting. The reason I can only give this 3 stars though is I found myself just not caring. The characters weren't particularly interesting or well-developed, and while there was nothing particularly wrong with the writing it didn't pull me in to the no...more
Stefan
In the Polity universe, where human worlds are governed by powerful AI minds, ECS (Earth Central Security) agent Ian Cormac finds himself in the middle of a civil war on planet Masada. Things get complicated when a mad scientist activates an ancient piece of alien tech known as the Jain.

Action packed and with a surprising ending, The Line Of Polity is a must-read science fiction book.
Althepal


i didnt like it as much as gridlinked... i finally realised because one group is the religious nutters in space .. which always find out of place in scifi... i dont believe its realistic to have a religious authoritarian space culture how would it get into space .. pleasseee.. and its been explored to death in other scifi novels.... the rest of the plot with the jain tech ideas were fantastic however.. i just wish he had excluded the ultra religious protagonists...
Nathanael (Boehm) Coyne
This is the second book in Neal Asher's Ian Cormac series and substantially longer than the first book Gridlinked but with non-stop action to the very last page and just as good. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to getting the third book of the series, Brass Man. Would love to see an artist's impression of the creatures of Masada such as the heroyne, siluroyne, hooder & gabbleduck because I really struggled to form an image in my mind with such outrageous descriptions!
Danny Bernier
A much better book than the first one in the series. Started slow and hard to get moving but once it kicked in gear it was fantastic. Character development in the first book was weak but this builds on those same characters. I love the struggle for humanity for some of the characters and hope he expands on those same struggles in later books
William
Great second book for a series. You got to know some of the main characters a little more. Action, some 'new' technology. Hope this keeps up in the next one!
Nick
Picks up from Gridlinked and moves instantly into top speed. If as you will begin to notice Asher put all this together as a series from the outset he must one of those rooms down the garden that appeeared in the movie 'a beautiful mind'. Very good, large scale and open ended.
Miki Habryn
Jan 20, 2014 Miki Habryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A large chunk of this book plays out amidst a rolling war, and the frequently violent backdrop does get a little old. But it's so *creatively* violent - particularly the alien megafauna - that it's forgiveable, and the book as a whole inhales really quite well.
William Miller
This book follows "Brass Man", and ratchets up the galaxial stakes a notch or two. Cormac, the main protagonist, undergoes some self-revelation, and we learn more about the insidious nature of the ancient nanomycylium, that wrecker of civilizations.
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