by Neal Asher
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780230708723
Date: 04 September 2009 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Endlessly imaginative and industrious, Neal Asher dishes up another of his tasty Spatterjay novels. Orbus is a follow up to his 2006 novel The Voyage of the Sable Keech and takes up once again into the territory we first visited in The Skinner, a book I absolutely loved and perhaps still my favourite of this authors ever growing 'also by' list! A hardcover release from Tor UK.
"In charge of an old cargo spaceship, the Old Captain Orbus flees a violent and sadistic past, but he doesn't know that the lethal war drone, Sniper, is a stowaway, and that the past is rapidly catching up with him. His old enemy the Prador Vrell, mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, murdering its crew, and is now seeking to exact vengeance on those who tried to have him killed. Their courses inexorably converge in the Graveyard, the border realm lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom, a place filled with the ruins left by past genocides and interplanetary war. But this is the home of the Golgoloth, monster to a race of monsters, the place where a centuries-long cold war is being fought. Meanwhile, the terrifying Prador King is coming, prepared to do anything to ensure Vrell's death and keep certain deadly secrets buried ...and somewhere out there something that has annihilated civilizations is stirring from a slumber of five million years. The cold war is heating up, fast."