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Jupiter War

(Owner Trilogy #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,281 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Alan Saul is now part human and part machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous
rescue — but mutiny is brewing on board, as Saul's robots make his crew feel
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Tor (first published August 13th 2013)
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Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were passages in ‘Jupiter War’ where I thought that Neal Asher was actually going to confront the Superman problem. Namely, how do you create drama with a lead character who’s so powerful he’s virtually invincible? Interestingly it seemed as if Asher was going to tackle that dilemma through a character flaw, constantly highlighting Alan Saul’s arrogance – a distinctly human failing in one who perceives himself far beyond human beings – and one which could conceivably be his Achilles’ heel. ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Space Opera!
Pew pew!
Best read by people who don't know any science, like Asher himself.
I often criticise Asher for have lots of Pew! Pew! and no subtext but in this case I think that would be a bit unfair: There's a discussion of what it means to be "free" going on here, which concludes that here is no such thing as complete freedom. In practice, within any society, you only have the rights and freedoms that society allows. On the other hand, the society provides policing and justice. Therefore,
Michael Brookes
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Neal Asher's writing for a while now, the Polity novels were all excellent reads. This latest Owner series took a little while for me to get into as they had a different feel to them, less immediate and visceral than his earlier novels. Once I got into them though I was hooked and that remains the case with this latest and final book in the trilogy - although the ending leaves the storyline open for more books and I hope that will be the case.

For me the great thing about
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great ending to the series. Having read the various short stories I knew what the eventual outcome would be but I enjoyed the journey to get there. I hope Neal continues this series with the Owners first encounter with aliens.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Jupiter War brings to a conclusion the Owner trilogy. It has been one of the grittiest hard sci-fi series I've ever encountered. It is sometimes foul, sometimes graphically violent and always exciting and interesting. Strangely the author seems to be able to drive reviewers with a very liberal ideologue's outlook absolutely batshit, thus an added bonus. I won't spoil the book by telling you much, this is worth reading for yourself.

Always remember Mr. Asher's world is the antithesis of the
Chris Berko
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of us of a certain age, and I'm talking 'bout growing up in the 80's on a steady steam of MTV when all they played was actual music videos, there was a song by the band named Loverboy named "Lovin' every minute of it!", that hook, sung out loud, as he did it in the video is how I feel about reading Neal Asher's books. This is techno-ultraviolence-porn and I'm loving every minute of it. This is the seventeenth book I've read by him and have found every one to be thoroughly enjoyable. I ...more
Larry Jeram-Croft
Wow - once again Mr Asher doesn't disappoint, action from start to finish and a mix of the global down to the personal all intertwined. Inventive technology and how nit is used. My only minor criticism might be that he has a very cynical view politics and human nature but hey it makes a great story.
Kelvin Clements
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n_asher
Another excellent book, following on the story or Alan Saul and his fight to leave the solar system and so he can continue to evolve. I hope there is a 4th book of him leaving the solar system and what he find on his travels. If there is a problem with this book, it is that I would have like it to be longer, as I read it far too quickly.
Joel Tumes
The Departure series is well named. It certainly seems like a departure from Asher's normal style.
Not that it's short on action, but it's unlike his regular gore soaked escapades of heroic figures in several ways.
For a start this series seems a little heavy handed with Libertarian political philosophy. To the point of being cliched. Not just with the demonisation of Government and environmental regulation, or the salvific nature of free enterprise, but even the form of autistic
Martin Waterhouse
This was a well crafted and action packed book - as you'd expect from Neal Asher - but I was reading it alongside Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature" which charts the incredible decline of violence in our society, and, unfortunately, that book kind of made Asher's personal, cynical political bias (which is bluntly and doggedly crowbarred into the narrative) seem tired and anachronistic. Don't get me wrong, I love a good dystopian novel, but I just got a bit sick of his pessimism, ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I have read most of Neal Asher's books so you could call me a fan. So what about Jupiter War, a book of 3 thirds. The first two thirds were hard work. It was slow, lots of build up trying to set things up for later in the final third. The final third, fast paced, exciting and couldn't put it down. The book took me nearly 2 weeks to read, but the last third only took 2 days.

So overall I liked it, but it wasn't great and I feel it could have been improved by cutting it down and may be making the
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best scifi trilogies i have ever read, from cyberpunk tech noir to a full fledged space opera with transcedence underlines, this trilogy has got it all. A MUST for fans of Leviathan Wakes, Altered Carbon or Hyperion, and to be honest this shoulnd't be called the "owner" trilogy, it should be called "the BOSS" trilogy, cause Alan Saul owns it! Like a Boss!!!! (and Neal Asher)
Hugo Monteiro
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect ending to a trilogy.

Neal Asher keeps surprising me. I've read most of his books and it always amazes me how he can produce books that satisfy.

I will be awaiting for his next book anxiously.
Steven Stennett
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great third installment dear I say the end leaves an option for further tails.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great end to the trilogy, one of those books that I'm just sad to have finished as I was just hoping it would go on forever.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This last and final version of the Owner trilogy keeps up the racy pace of the first.
“Gideon” Dave Newell
In this trilogy-capper, true to the title, when the characters aren’t engaged in life-and-death battles, they’re gearing up for such fights. Somehow the defeated tyrannical forces of the previous installments have regrouped enough to once again pose an existential threat to the unbeatable anti-hero, Alan Saul- ‘The Owner’. His overpowered infallibility is paired with an increased detachment from human-scale relationships in this novel, so Asher has wisely spread the burden of the POV protagonist ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi
As an Asher fan it really pains me to say what a dissapointment this series is turning out to be. The first book was ok, second just more of the same without anything moving forward, third was frankly tedious. I won't be reading any more of the Owner nonsense. Reminded me (vaguely) of Donaldson's Gap Into Power series only not a third as well written.

Annoyed and frustrated, I expected a lot better.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, top marks to Mr. Asher. Consistently bringing home science fiction gold.
Yes I have read most of his previous and can confirm this hits bullseye again.
A fine story in its own right, a rounded end to the trilogy and a comprehensive plug in the historic asherverse.
Unfortunately this leaves us wanting more, please write faster.
Gandalf TheGrey
Oct 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the story thins out to nothing in part 3. it's an endless boring description of space ship construction and meaningless genocide. can't finish it, i'm giving up. this doesn't take away the fact that asher has written some of the best SF ever. he was among the greatest.
Ian Pollard
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as owned
Awesome end of the trilogy. Thanks Neal for this book and even more thanks for turning me into a vaper and ditching the cigarettes forever.
While reading this series I really wan't sure where it was going to go. Would Saul free Earth from one dictator to only make himself the next one? Was he going to colonize Mars and let citizens from Earth colonize there only if they agreed to his supreme rule? Or would there be a colony on Earth, one on Mars (ruled by Vars) and the Jupiter region (ruled by himself)? I was shocked with the ending, but good surprise not bad.

The plot was good with a great blend of action, suspense and character
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, a very thoughtful ending to a challenging, at times difficult, series. I really appreciated that he allowed some of the characters' storylines to develop, and have resolutions in this book, in particular Alex, the clone, and Sack, bodyguard to Earth's authoritarian dictator. The space battles were handled in an interesting way, but that honestly the thing I am least interested in science fiction-it was the human drama that I enjoyed in this book, and more than in The Departure, the ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published 2014. Asher here fleshes out some short stories on The Owner in a three part series (The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War). The first is good, the second stronger the third somewhat a little weaker than the first two - at least to me. I would consider the "Polity" series much stronger overall.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just found Neal Asher on Goodreads. I'm not going to leave a review, except to say that I own every. single. one. of his books in paperback. Books are expensive in South Africa, and I *really* don't have a lot of money. I buy them anyway, and cut back on other costs for the month. He's that good.
Scott Heather
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing to me just how incredibly STUPID these super genius characters of Asher's are.
Plot holes large enough to float Jupiter through with room to spare. Read only if you're wiling to turn your mind off, like completely off.
Chris Ellis
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting end to the owner trilogy - all three books were great.

This one's unconventional space war strategy was a fun read, as was the drama back earthside.

This series could go on and I hope it will.
Chris Gillies
I felt like the story lost its way in this book, it felt drawn out at times with little direction. Overall a satisfying conclusion, with an obvious opening left for a follow up series or two if money gets a bit tight!
Richard Marshall
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard boiled science fiction at its best - not for the faint hearted tho’
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Owner Trilogy (3 books)
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