War Factory is Kindle The sequel to Dark Intelligence is no less riveting and complex than the first in the Transformation series Asher is still playing with the deconstruction and evolution of being
War Factory is Kindle The sequel to Dark Intelligence is no less riveting and complex than the first in the Transformation series. Asher is still playing with the deconstruction and evolution of being, what it means to exist, to act and overcome for Humans, Prador (the crab-like alien race) as well as A.I. entities. Through Penny Royal, a dark (possibly insane) A.I. the destinies of characters introduced in the first book continue to be manipulated. Is it for peace, is it out of guilt, is it out of benevolence? The motive for Penny Royal's actions aren't clear, not even to perhaps its closest victim, the human, Thorvald Spear. What I really like about this book (and mind you Asher is my favorite author) has always been his world building and nuanced characters. Never before has he delved so far into the Prador biology; their mating habits, dietary needs and social behavior. Considering that they are the frequently used brutal protagonists in his books, this was an insightful treat only made better by the appearances of a few unique prador, one such who even dabbles in...art!Also, unlike his other works, the humans definitely take a back seat to the god-like manipulations of A.I., not even including Penny Royal. The Brockle makes his appearance as a player in the great game of destiny. As an A.I. that is just as terrifying as Penny Royal, if not more, this Prison Warden/Interrogation A.I. becomes obsessed with bringing the rogue Penny Royal to justice, even at the threat of incurring the wrath of the main Polity protector, Earth Central. Artificial Intelligences aren't the only ones to steal the show though, as really, the Prador are the most fascinating characters in the work. Sverl, the mutated tripartite being (part human, part Prador, part A.I.), Cvorn, the cyber-augmented Prador vowing to hunt Sverl as a pawn to take over the Prador empire, Sfolk, the gutsy upstart renegade, Bsorol and Bsectil, Sverl's emphatically evolving first children and the ever elusive, mysterious King of the Prador. Each one of their narratives shine on the page!The usual, spectacular Asher staples are present throughout the work, with masers, CTDs, rail guns, planet busters, gaitling guns, hardfields and U-space tech. There are intense space ship battles, heart-pounding action and shocking deaths and destruction, but also as usual the story attacks the brain as much as the action hits the pulse. As I finish this book and eagerly await the 3rd, I will admit that I have no idea where the story is headed, but I eagerly look forward to finding out as the ending of this book was not exactly easy to get over. . Thorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over a hundred years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity.Sverl, a PrThorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over a hundred years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity.Sverl, a Prador genetically modified by Penny Royal and slowly becoming human, pursues Cvorn, a Prador harboring deep hatred for the Polity looking to use him and other hybrids to reignite the dormant war with mankind.Blite, captain of a bounty hunting ship, hands over two prisoners and valuable memplants from Penny Royal to the Brockle, a dangerous forensics entity under strict confinement on a Polity spaceship that quickly takes a keen interest in the corrupted AI and its unclear motives.Penny Royal meanwhile continues to pull all the strings in the background, keeping the Polity at bay and seizing control of an attack ship It seeks Factory Station Room 101, a wartime manufacturing space station believed to be destroyed What does it want with the factory And will Spear find the rogue AI before it gets there War Factory, the second book in the Transformation trilogy, is signature space opera from Neal Asher breakneck pacing, high tech science, bizarre alien creatures, and gritty, dangerous far future worlds.. The best Book War Factory Immensely entertaining book.