Line War by Neal Asher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
That's what this novel is.
After so many novels, including short stories and asides like Brass Man, this novel combines everyone, all the good and the bad, together in a spectacular blow out of AI ships against each other, with Jain tech making a mess of envy and call to power across so many species, and the people in the Polity and outside of it (a gigantic Jain sphere of awesome tech, Dragon) included.
War. Big war. With even bigger tech and hidden programs, nasty old and new AIs, leftovers of the Prador war, agents of Earth Central, and even the leftovers of ancient aliens who lobotomized themselves to become invisible to the Jain menace. :)
Is it satisfying? Is it over-the-top big action and tech and explosions and even a Lovecraftian element of horror throughout the massive augments? Hell yeah. :)
I'm not done with this author in the slightest. I'm only getting started, even if Agent Cormac is done (so far). :)
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