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Line War (Agent Cormac #5)

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The Polity is under attack from a melded AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebuss wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability ...more
Hardcover, 503 pages
Published April 30th 2008 by Tor (first published March 18th 2008)
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Susanne
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Meh... I don't know. I absolutely loved 'Gridlinked' and 'The Line of Polity' but this one didn't really hit the spot I thought. The plot is great, of course, the final showdown between Polity and Erebus couldn't be anything but. Also, Mr Crane. You can't miss with a character like that.

I think the reason this book didn't sit so well with me was because, in an attempt to suspend my disbelief, Asher constantly managed to do the opposite, by means of over-explanation. I haven't got the book to han
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Mark
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
Finally I've come to the last Agent Cormac book, Line War, and up to now it's been a ride of ups and downs. The first two books, Gridlinked and The Line of Polity, were rather enjoyable, but they did have their issues. After that came Brass Man and Polity Agent, both of which upped the stakes and delivered some really great sci-fi. Now with Line War the story comes to a conclusion, and while it ends the series as a whole I always had that niggle of a doubt in my mind that it might not be as spec ...more
Bryan Brown
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci_fi
This was my least favorite book in the Ian Cormac series of polity novels. It felts abrupt to me as he pulled together all the many threads started throughout the series. The plot was well telegraphed which removed some of the tension earlier in the series and the action was less compelling than the first several books. The biggest problem was how different the characters seemed in this book than in previous ones. These changes were justified by plot points but it was still unsettling to have fu ...more
Jack
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Oo! Released slowly and out of order in the U.S.--start with Gridlinked, if you're interested--a few more of British SF author Neal Asher's books have recently turned up in the Kindle store. I was stoked to get ahold of the conclusion to the Agent Cormac series. I was surprised by how it wrapped up!
Thomas
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Continues in the Polity series, and raises quite a few questions about the way AIs are running things.

I think it opens up a whole new avenue of stories for future books. And I am looking forward to them.
Lisandro
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A fitting finishing for a series of very good books! Mr Asher has a pace of writing that makes it enjoyable and a universe very well constructed. Also de development of characters like Cormac and Dragon and very interesting!!!
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Tim Hicks
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Not really a full five stars, but enough fun that I rounded up.

I guess I can't get enough of AIs running 20-mile-long spaceships while always seeming to speak with on eyebrow raised and a half-smile.

You really have to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one.

The whole series is huge in scope, and this volume's no exception. There are quite a few major characters on stage. Millions, possibly billions of people are killed, planets blown up, etc. and in the midst of all this there's room fo
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Guy
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Neil Asher's "Line War" is a solid conclusion to a brilliant series, but don't read it until you have read the previous four books in what should be (but isn't) called the "Ian Cormac" series. Asher tries to fill in the background for the reader who hasn't read the other books, but frankly he does not succeed and it doesn't work particularly well as a stand-alone story.

On the other hand,"Line War" is a great success as the final book in a series, nicely tying off many story lines and largely pro
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Psychophant
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it
The first two Cormac books, although linked, stand on their own. The other three, however, are tightly connected, forming a whole set. Thankfully the last one closes down most threads and although open-ended, gives a reasonable conclusion, and hints that the series stops here.

I confess I was relieved when it ended, as the series had become bloated and a bit unwieldy, with some scenes and imaginative settings, but padded with too much pointless description and repetition.

In this book happen many
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Agent Cormac (5 books)
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