"Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain."--New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi
"With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher's work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF.
, Starred Review
"A richly imagined, exotic world, nonstop action, and unimaginable stakes--I couldn't put The Soldier down.
"--Yoon Ha Lee, author of Ninefox Gambit
"Neal Asher's coruscating mix
of epic space opera, weaponised Darwinism and high-stakes intrigue channels the primal flame of deep-core science fiction.
" --Paul McAuley, author of Four Hundred Billion Stars
"The Soldier provides everything we demand from Asher:
a beautifully complex universe where AIs, aliens and post-humans scheme and struggle--magnificently awesome. Then Asher turns it up to eleven.
"--Peter F. Hamilton
"I had thought
with the Transformation trilogy (Dark Intelligence, War Factory, Infinity Engine
) that Asher had maxed out what could be done with the Polity setting
--that the near-metaphysical implications of the fate of Penny Royal constituted a kind of narrative event horizon. I think I might have been mistaken.
"--Russell Letson, Locus
"In addition to elaborate space battles between gigantic warships and spectacular descriptions of technology
, Asher excels at "humanizing" his intelligent machines."--Booklist
"Neal Asher just doesn't have the ability to write a book that doesn't have an abundance of complex technology, diverse alien species, mind-bending science, and just flat out entertaining story lines
. . . . [he] has gradually become one of the great writers of Space Opera today, right up there with the likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.
"--Out of this World SFF Reviews
"A mind-blowing start to the Rise of the Jain trilogy
. . . . takes all the best elements from the Polity universe and weaves them together into a narrative that makes it feel as if everything that came before was only meant to set up the groundwork for this moment.
"--Worlds In Ink
The Soldier is the first novel in the Rise of the Jain series, by bestselling science fiction author Neal Asher.
Her mission is vital. Her failure is unthinkable.
A corner of space swarms with alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It’s guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained – as it could destroy entire civilizations. An alien intelligence shares her vigil. But she doesn’t share everything with Dragon . . .
Orlandine is hatching a plan to obliterate this technology, removing its threat forever. For some will do anything to exploit this ancient weaponry, created by a long-dead race called the Jain. This includes activating a Jain super-soldier, which may breach even Orlandine’s defences.
Meanwhile, humanity and the alien prador empire also watch this sector of space, as neither can allow the other to claim its power. However, things are about to change. The Jain might not be as dead as they seemed and interstellar war is just a heartbeat away.