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Summary

In Neal Asher's The Technician, the Theocracy has been dead for 20 years, and the Polity rules on Masada - but it is an order that the rebels of the Tidy Squad cannot accept, and the iconic Jeremiah Tombs is top of their hit list.

Tombs, meanwhile, has escaped his sanatorium. His insanity must be cured, because the near-mythical hooder, called 'the Technician', that attacked him all those years ago did something to his mind even the AIs fail to understand. Tombs might possess information about the suicide of an entire alien race. It's up to the war drone Amistad to discover this information, with the help of an ex-rebel Commander, the black AI Penny Royal and the amphidapt Chanter.

Meanwhile, in deep space, the mechanism the Atheter used to reduce themselves to animals stirs from slumber and begins to power up its weapons....

©2017 Neal Asher (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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SUPERB ONE OFF STORY SET IN THE SAME UNIVERSE.

THIS BOOK FILLS IN SOME GAPS FROM OTHER SERIES SET IN THIS UNIVERSE.WAS ENTHRALLED FROM START TO FINISH DID NOT SEE ANY OF THE TWISTS TURNS AND REVELATIONS COMING.IS THERE ROOM TO EXPAND ON THIS BOOK I HOPE SO IF NOT IT IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES THE NEAL ASHER UNIVERSE.

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Engaging from start to finish

I am played by catch up with Neal Ashers books and an probably reading them out of order but I am enjoying each and every one. This book expands the story and fills in the gaps in my Polity knowledge and lore, great listen and Peter Nobles narration as always is outstanding

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Top Class Again!!

One of my favourite in the series. And really well voiced over . Now on to the next one

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A search for sanity and answers to a riddle

In these now enlightened times humanity has mostly outgrown religion in all forms.
Religion is fast withering in the cleansing light of knowledge and rational thought now spreading throughout A.I.-controlled human space known as "The Polity."

On one planet, previously held in thrall by the vicious cult created by "The Prophet Zelda Smythe", humanity in all its new forms struggles alongside other intelligences to make sense of the strange and extremely deadly indigenous lifeforms.
There is a secret to be uncovered, clues are everywhere, and things are changing.
Something is coming...


There are, as always, some really strange pronunciations of some words.
These are often down to dialects, regional or continental variations present in modern English.
Where a lot of these obviously gifted narrators and actors fall down is on the pronunciation of scientific terms.
The least they could do is familiarise themselves with how the name or acronym is commonly spoken.
I'm not going to point any out as another listener may not notice and I might ruin their enjoyment of this otherwise superb reading from Peter Noble.


I personally struggled with the visceral impact of the subject matter at the beginning due my own life experiences at the hands of the 'Pious.'
However, having listened to the other books from this universe, I persevered, and this became cathartic experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I hope you do too.

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Good gabble

very good story with excellent work by the narrator to makes the voices distinctive, including the gabbleduck

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Great story, crappy narration. Where's Ric Jerrom?

Loved and got used to Ric Jerrom narrating the Neal Asher books. Then a switch to Peter Noble (who's good in many ways at voice acting), but utterly kills the feeling of continuity from the Agent Cormac series. Sad.