One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed...
Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to kee...more
I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book at first. I was confused as to what was going on in the beginning. I'm not all together sure I still understand it but as the story moves on I figured some things out.
If your wanting a really dark sci-fi read then this one is for you.
There are these octopus type aliens called the Prador that either eat you or do other horrific things to you.
You have rogue AI's that do some really messed up stuff to you! And the nu ...more
I mean, between Pennyroyal and the whole hooder transformation, with so much body horror, memory modifications, and the multiple-revenge storylines with all these characters clashing against each other, I was blown away.
Most of the other Asher novels had big action, flashy action, and a plethora of great ideas, but the characters were often hitting the level of interesting or adequate. There was something cartoonish about them. ...more
Dark Intelligence is a rather grimdark space opera full of big ideas: deadly AIs, planet-busting spaceships, ancient alien civilizations, hellaciously destructive weapons, obsessive protagonists and antagonis ...more
Gloriously engrossing science fiction in the classic mode, both military space opera and expansive futuristic philosophizing, DARK INTELLIGENCE is the first in an all-new series by accomplished and prolific author Neal Asher. From a soldier killed in battle against seriously ugly, hostile aggressive, aliens, to the renegade AI (artificial intelligence) who resurrects, repairs, and restores him a century later, and beyond--this new s ...more
Well, here I am back in the UK after my hols, and Ive been thinking about this book since I finished it a week ago. If I could give it 4.5 stars I would, it is a very enjoyable and exciting book. Why is it not 5, well i don't know, there was nothing wrong with it, great story, good characters and well written. Maybe if I read more Neil Asher (this was my first) I may end up giving a 5.
Some people have said that you need to read about the Polity Universe before readin ...more
This is my first Neal Asher's book and the first book I've read in his Polity world. Having that in mind, I am certain I missed many of the meanings and nuances, because Asher doesn't linger to explain if it doesn't have a direct impact on this story. I didn't have any trouble following the story though.
Thorvald Spear (what a name!) wakes up after being resurrected a century after his death in the war between humanity/AI union (Polity) and aliens. When his memories resurface, he knows t ...more
Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher deserves full marks for fans of the genre. This is a heavy action based hard science fiction filled with the most amazing technologies, creatures, space faring, fighting, and adventuring. Who cares if there are any short comings with the story, the plot, the characters, or even the writing. None of that takes away from the fact that Asher smartly continues to build on his Polity universe which gives us the reader a highly complex and dynamic world for us t ...more
This book should come with a warning, something like;
WELCOME TO THE POLITY
PLEASE DIE CREATIVELY
Thorvald Spear may sound a bit like a Nordic porn star from the 1970's but he is everything but.....
As events unfold after his resurrection, his desire for revenge kicks in.
The "turd heads in a fanward direction" to quote classic Asher.
The story is told from different characters P.O.V within each chapter which is a change of style, (I think, it's ...more
* doesn't get boring
* new characters that are introduced gradually add to the story
* satisfying technobabble that never is too far out as to sound completely unbelievable
* Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis -subplot in sci-fi version!
Less to my liking:
* main characters are sadly qui ...more
Perhaps if I had realised that rather than being the first part of a series, and so bringing me in at the beginning of what sounded like a potentially interesting story, instead I was picking up a book which is set in a universe which Asher has already written over a dozen other books about, I may have enjoyed this more.
Having read one other book, Gridlinked and quite liked it, I thought I would give this one a go. However, it did not take long for me to realise that there were reference ...more
Oh more than a few of the superstars from his other novels and shorts make reappearances in this new work. Awesome, g ...more
Dark Intelligence is a very complex story that starts out with the POV of Thorvald Spear and gradually adds new characters and new POV’s. Asher has written books set in the Polity Universe before so much of the background world building was done in previous books. This is book one in a new series so even though I had not read anything by Asher before it worked well as an intro to the Polity.
Penny Royal, a rogue AI, is at the heart of the story. Everyone has some connection to the AI. Most want t ...more
OK, we have smart, wisecracking AIs doing amazing and often creative things. We have species transformations, new ways to break things with physics, some nasty gory scenes that are relevant, and indeed some philosophical examination of the ethics of violence in a universe where death isn't necessarily final and even memories can't ...more
I highly recommend this book to folks familiar with p ...more
First, if you don't want to get lost in the plot you should probably read The Technician first since you probably need to know what a Hooder and a Gabbleduck is.
This is a multi threaded plot following a couple of characters who have been screwed over by a rather nasty rogue AI called Penny Royal and are now hunting it down, intent on a bit of revenge. Other threads fo ...more
This reread reminded me of why I'd quit reading the Prador War books, and most of Asher's stuff. The Prador are just too dark for me -- I mean, giant alien crabs that like to dismember and eat people! This one is the start of a Prador War veteran's search for a rogue AI named Penny Royal, who had killed his comrades back in the war. O ...more
That, and the male adolescent sex fantasy episode before we got past page 50 were enough to make me move on without regret.
This is the start of a new trilogy in the Polity universe. It is primarily about the "dark" AI Penny Royal. Dark in this case means an AI that is not predictable and hence not controllable by the Polity AI government.
Some of my favorite Asher characters are his AI characters and this story does a good job of adding to the background of one of the most obscure of all his AIs.
Funny enough most of the stor ...more
Perhaps a bit more approachable than theirs, and very fun to experience.
The story itself moves quickly. Each page a minor revelation or discovery of what is to come.
There was a tiny bit of repetition, a voracious reader will notice it, although someone who is taking their time will probably appreciate the subtle reminders. It's not distrac ...more
OK, I just finished it. It was good. I'm not saying it blew my mind away but everything I like abo ...more
The technologys within the book, are well thought out and presented in a very user friendly manner, that dose not bog down the fast pasted story in anyway.
This is what I want in my science fiction ships weapons and tech that is seamlessly woven into a an engaging story!!!!