From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity. Those coming through it have been tasked with taking the alien ‘Maker’ back to its home civilization in the Small Magellanic cloud. Once these refugees are safely through, the gate itself is rapidly shut down – because something alien is pursuing them.
From those who get through, agent Cormac learns t...more
Of course, since I'm half machine anyway, I'm perfectly at home with these shifting lines of self-definition. Screw sex-politics as a subset for SF idea exploration. Let's get right down to transforming the human race into something barely recognizable as human now, or if we can recognize it, it's constantly flyi ...more
You'll enjoy and understand it more if you have read at least several of the previous Polity books. Having said that, I missed Line of Polity and got along fine.
Imagine all you've ever read about AIs and really honking big spaceships. Take Alastair Reynolds and turn it up a notch. Take anyone else and turn it up to 11. Stir in at least ten forms that intelligence can take. Add hype ...more
Since anyone interested in Polity Agent is almost definitely deep into the series, I won't bother with a long winded review, but just say this is now my current favorite book in the series. I feel like Neal's writing, which I already liked, went up another notch ...more
"Polity Agent" consolidates the story after the events of "Brass Man" ...more
A robot known as the Legate ...more
Note: I started on Book 4 without reading the second and third books in the series, and so any trouble I had finishing this book was my own doing. But still, this turned out to be much more interesting than when I started it a year ago ...
Several things are happening at once, something to do with the Dragon, and Jain nodes, and the King, which is apparently a renegade AI, and an immortal being who was around in WWII, and a powerful interve ...more
As a runc ...more
A very enjoyable read as Ian Cormac discovers that he is more like Horace Blegg than he thought. With Skellor gone, Jain technology finds new allies and the rogue AI Erebus makes its presence known.
One caveat is that this book really doesn't focus on Agent Cormac as much as some of the others, so if that's what you came back for, you might be slightly disappointed (he's still there, just not on every page).
If anything, this fourth novel in the Agent Cormac series shows this universe has legs, and there ca ...more
The book is - like most of the other Polity books - almost non-stop action. It starts off slower, but picks up speed and is quite good at introducing new characters and new plot lines to the overall story. It is quite annoying that Asher simply forgets or ignores som ...more
Some kind of magic transformation must've occurred to the author somewhere after the previous book in the series, and here he delivers fast, interesting, well-written action with cool characters, situat ...more
Horace Blegg returns and you start to understand his history and the story takes an unexpected twist.
By the end, you have started to get some answers and this book really expands the ove ...more
This particular book starts somewhat slow and takes a while to pick up the pace and get really interesting, but eventually all leads are tied out nicely. There's also some updates on Horace Blegg and (indirectly) Ian Cormac, which was long overdue.
I'd give the book 3.5 stars as the Jain th ...more
For all of you who already read prior Cormac's adventures - it's definitely on par with other installments. Maybe slightly less interesting than "Brass Man" - but that's probably because the larger intrigue just got initiated and will be (probably) concluded in the next (last) book.
For all others, not familiar with Cormac or Polity universe - just start from "Gridlinked".
In this installment, we get a lot more AI ships who behave like people but are actually, ships.
We get to learn more about the mysterious Horace Blegg.
Dragon shows up for a while. Orladine and a few runcible AI are introduced.
There is a huge space battle.
And the book ends. Curious if book 5 will wrap the story up or just end like this one did.
I must say, that I was so deep in the plot and events, that I failed to predict the events and outcome with Horacio Blegg. PLus, yes, it's out of the Cormac's series, but one of the personages that I really liked and been observing with interest here is the AI "King of Hearts"
but ssssussh, no real spoilers, take the book, read and enjoy!
Fast pace plot with plenty of action. Engaging story kept me churning through the pages. However, the dialogue was often stiff and inorganic. And sometimes just odd. Odd enough to throw me out of the story.
Still, curious of where the arc of the story lands.