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Departure

Neal L. Asher

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ISBN 10: 0230708730 / ISBN 13: 9780230708730
Published by Tor Books, 2011
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Departure

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Visible in the night sky the Argus Station, its twin smelting plants like glowing eyes, looks down on nightmare Earth. From Argus the Committee keep an oppressive control: citizens are watched by cams systems and political officers, it's a world inhabited by shepherds, reader guns, razor birds and the brutal Inspectorate with its white tiled cells and pain inducers.

Soon the Committee will have the power to edit human minds, but not yet, twelve billion human being need to die before Earth can be stabilized, but by turning large portions of Earth into concentration camps this is achievable, especially when the Argus satellite laser network comes fully online . . .

This is the world Alan Saul wakes to in his crate on the conveyor to the Calais incinerator. How he got there he does not know, but he does remember the pain and the face of his interrogator. Informed by Janus, through the hardware implanted in his skull, about the world as it is now Saul is determined to destroy it, just as soon as he has found out who he was, and killed his interrogator . . .

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Fast, furious, violent, slightly tongue-in-cheek (I think), and a whole lot of fun that makes 1984 seem like a children’s tea party . . . the start of another promising series from Asher. Go on, dive in, you won’t be disappointed. (British Fantasy Society)

Delivers plenty of thrills, and the climax also sets up a very intriguing status quo for the second volume. (SFX)

Action packed and thrilling, The Departure is a must for all fans of contemporary science fiction who haven’t experienced Asher’s visceral novels before. (We Love This Book)

The Orwellian intro had me utterly hooked right from the start. I simply couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. (WorldsInInk)

Fast, dramatic stuff . . . this is a book with lots of Asher trademarks: rapid pace, great action, messy consequences. (SFFWorld)

I had an absolute blast with this book . . . his work really does get better and better. (Falcata Times)

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