Dark Intelligence

Dark Intelligence

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Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a world surrounded by hostile Prador forces, but Penny Royal, the AI inside the rescue ship sent to provide backup, turned rogue, annihilating friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction and killing Spear. One hundred years later the AI is still on the loose, and Spear vows for revenge at any cost. Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate, but after competitors attacked she needed power and protection. Negotiating with Penny Royal, she got more than she bargained for: Turning part-AI herself gave Isobel frightening power, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret, and the dark AI triggered a transformation that has been turning her into something far from human... Spear hires Isobel to track Penny Royal across worlds to its last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and quickly finds himself in her crosshairs. As Isobel continues to evolve into a monstrous predator, it's clear her rage will eventually win out over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt before he himself becomes the hunted?
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ISBN: 9781597805704
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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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