We *know* that Neal Asher writes thrilling far-future science fiction adventures - but his new series starter reaches a whole new thrill high! And today, I get to show you the fantastic cover - which just shouts high-octane read. This was illustrated by the talented Jon Sullivan and our in-house designer Neil Lang has done a great job on type and design. See below for the full reveal.
The novel itself features an epic chase across space, a quest for vengeance and a very human need to find a place in the world when everything you knew is gone. Here, one man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed . . . It's a really explosive read!
Also, it's a return for Neal to his hugely popular Polity universe, so a great point for new fans to explore this world and a welcome return for existing readers. If you want to see Jon Sullivan's really incredible original concept art for Dark Intelligence here. If you click though that link, you can look at the artwork in much more detail and see some wonderful preparatory sketches and studies. And now without further ado, here's the cover, with more on the plot below.
Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance.
Spear was killed by an artificial intelligence turned rogue, which annihilated him along with friendly forces. And this AI, known as Penny Royal, is still free. Spear vows to do whatever it takes to find and destroy it. Including cheating another of its victims, crime lord Isobel Satomi.
Penny Royal had triggered a transformation in Satomi, turning her into something far from human. And, as she evolves into the ultimate predator, will Spear turn from hunter to hunted?
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