Dark Intelligence

Dark Intelligence

Book - 2015
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Dark Intelligence is the first novel in the Transformation series, a no-holds-barred adventure set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe. 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 keep on living. That spark is vengeance. Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Spear had seen a rescue ship arriving. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, the AI within the destroyer turned rogue. It annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction, and, years later, it's still free. Spear vows to track it across worlds and do whatever it takes to bring it down.Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate. But after competitors attacked, she needed more power. Yet she got more than she bargained for when she negotiated with Penny Royal. She paid it to turn her part-AI herself, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret. The Dark AI had triggered a transformation in Isobel that would turn her into a monster, rapidly evolving into something far from human.Spear hires Isobel to take him to the Penny Royal AI's last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and he becomes a target for her vengeance. And as she is evolves further into a monstrous predator, rage soon wins over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt, before he becomes the hunted?
Publisher: London : Pan Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780330524551
Branch Call Number: FIC Asher
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 20 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2016

Set in author Neal Asher's Polity Universe, this trilogy opener stars Thorvald Spear, who died at the hands of rogue A.I. "Penny Royal" during the Prador-Human War over a century ago. Resurrected via his memory implant, his consciousness placed in a clone body, Thorvald now seeks revenge. He hires cybernetically enhanced Isobel Satomi to track down his nemesis, in the process jeopardizing his second life. For another dramatic, action-packed, and intricately plotted space opera with a large cast of characters, check out Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns series.

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Sabre3
Feb 01, 2016

I just finished reading a stunning book: Neal Asher's "Dark Intelligence". It speaks to the transformations we put ourselves through, and how that can get away from us, and we become something we never would have intended, paying a price we never would have paid. It is also a great ripping action read. There is a depth of thought, and insight into the human condition, that I have rarely seen expressed in anything like this manner. READ IT! Then think about it. You won't be able to help yourself.......

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callig
May 27, 2015

His wife died recently, and he prefaces this book with a grim observation about her death.
In fact, the whole book is the print version of Gigers alien monster movie artwork: all horror. Like his darkest effort, the Sable Keech book, but even grimmer.
Gore is a constant theme in his books, but redeemed by morality: his Cormac hero saving the day.
Here it's just a dark-gray anti-hero chasing utterly black baddies.
Really depressing stuff.

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Feb 02, 2016

Sabre3 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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