Neal Asher has been publishing brief fiction and books within the small press in Britain for a number of years, and made a winning movement to paperback in 2001 with Gridlinked
. He received a sheaf of favorable notices. “This is a superb and audacious paintings, chock-full of state of the art principles. . . . i glance ahead to [his subsequent books] tremendously and to seeing Asher obtain the luck he's truly destined for. hugely recommended,” acknowledged SFRevu.com. Now Asher crosses the Atlantic and breaks into hardcover with Gridlinked
, a technology fiction event within the vintage, fast paced, action-packed culture of Harry Harrison and Poul Anderson, with a splash of cyberpunk and a touch of Ian Fleming further to spice the combination.
Cormac is a mythical Earth imperative protection agent, the James Bond of a prosperous destiny the place "runcibles" (matter transmitters managed by means of AIs) let interstellar go back and forth in a watch blink through the settled worlds of the Polity. regrettably Cormac is sort of burnt out, "gridlinked" to the AI internet see you later that his humanity has started to empty away. He has to take the cold-turkey healing and shake his habit to having his mind at the net.
Now he needs to do with out simply as he’s despatched to enquire the original runcible catastrophe that is burnt up the total human colony on planet Samarkand in a thirty-megaton explosion. With the runcible out, Cormac needs to get there through send, yet he has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath referred to as Arian Pelter, who now follows him around the galaxy with a terrifying psychotic killer android in tow. And deep underneath Samarkand's floor there are buried mysteries, fiercely guarded.
This is fast-moving, edge-of-the-seat leisure -- an American debut that is guaranteed to make a touch and release Neal Asher in a massive way.