The Line of Polity (Polity: Agent Cormac #2) ★★★★☆

154852792659f41eba1a3f897b3c89b7

This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission

 

 
Title:        The Line of Polity
Series:     Polity: Agent Cormac #2
Author:    Neal Asher
Rating:     4 of 5 Stars
Genre:      SF
Pages:      676
Format:    Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

A rogue scientist begins working for the Separatists that Cormac had a runin with in the previous book. Skellor, said rogue scientist, has discovered a stash of Jain technology. Jain tech is forbidden by the Polity and as the book goes on, we learn why. Cormac is sent out after Skellor before he can become catastrophically dangerous.

At the same time, a rebellion is brewing on the planet Masada. Under the control of rigid belief system that is against A.I. Rule, the theocrats have been in communication with the dragon. With predictable results. The Polity gets involved, the dragon gets pissed off and a lot of people are going to die.

When Skellor takes over the Masada system, it appears that things have indeed gone “Catastrophic”. With a whole planet to loot and play with, Skellor has grown into something beyond human and his abilities are just beginning. It is up to Agent Cormac to deal with Skellor, deal with the theocrats and deal with the offspring of the dead dragon: thousands or millions of dracomen.

Thankfully, Cormac is a Prime Agent indeed.

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this just as much as my previous read in ’10. I kept the 4star rating, instead of raising it, because it is evident that Asher is as much a fundamental zealot as I am, but his god is Science and he hates any other belief system. The main difference is that he writes books and interjects that zealotry into his books while I just interject my fundamentalism into small blog posts. So that might not even cross your radar at all.

This is what I like about Asher’s Polity books. Monstrous inhumanity preying upon everything. In later books we found out how terrifying Jain tech truly is. Whole stellar civilizations destroyed by it. Here we see it gaining a foothold in humanity’s playground. It might not be sentient, but it has a Directive. We are also introduced to some alien species, namely, Gabbleducks and Hooders. Gabbleducks roam the surface of Masada eating whatever and babbling words. Hooders eat everything, are impervious to most weaponry and eat their victims alive and by slowly dissecting them with a whole arsenal of claws, blades, etc.

Another thing I like about the Polity books is the exploration of the bounds of what it means to be alive. One character who died in the last book comes back as a golem, ie, a recording of the brainwaves put into a near-indestructable metal body. He thinks about what it means for him to have gone from human to golem and how that affects things. Even if I disagree with Asher’s conclusions, I am fascinated by the questions and how the questions even come about.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this and have no problems recommending this series to anyone looking for a bloody good time. Emphasis on bloody.

★★★★☆

bookstooge

  1. Review of Book 1
  2. Previous 2010 Review
Advertisements

18 thoughts on “The Line of Polity (Polity: Agent Cormac #2) ★★★★☆

  1. HCNewton says:

    That cover is almost enough to get me to read it.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Never heard of this series but it sounds really intriguing. And that cover … sublime.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So you have my interest, but now where would I start? I pulled these up on GR and found this.. “Gridlinked (Agent Cormac #1, Polity Universe #3)”. Can I start here or would I jump back to Prador Moon (Polity Universe #1? A little confused haha.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Okay, hold onto your hat …… I actually ordered Dark Intelligence from the library. Of course, I couldn’t find book #1 of this series …. they only have about 6 books total — no complete series and often completely out of order. Terrible. In any case, a first step ….. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      If your library has Prador Moon, read that before DI. It’ll help explain a lot about the Prador [giant intelligent space faring crabs] and a prador first-son is a main character in DI…

      Like

  5. Manuel Antao says:

    The Polity books are the Culture Books for the 21st century. The Culture books win by a very slight margin…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Well damn. Seems like things only keep on getting more interesting with Mr. Cormac.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tyson Adams says:

    I’ve been meaning to get to some Neal Asher at some stage. Polity best entered through the Agent Cormac stuff?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Cormac is the smoothest transition to understand the Polity universe. It is a 5 book commitment though. If you want something a little less “introduction’y” and more bloody action, try his Spatterjay trilogy. The first book there is: The Skinner.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. […] my normal 15-20.  Part of that is that I read/finished some doorstoppers. The Great Controversy, The Line of Polity and Dragonfly Falling all weighed in at around the 700 page mark. The other part is that I started […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s