Neal Asher divides his time between Essex and Crete, mostly at a keyboard and mentally light-years away. His full-length novels are as follows. First is the Agent Cormac series: Gridlinked, The Line of Polity, Brass Man, Polity Agent and Line War. Next comes the Spatterjay series: The Skinner, The Voyage of the Sable Keech and Orbus. Also set in the same world of the Polity are these standalone novels: Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Shadow of the Scorpion and The Technician. The Transformation trilogy is also based in the Polity: Dark Intelligence, War Factory and Infinity Engine. Set in a dystopian future are: The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War, while Cowl takes us across time. The Warship is the second book in the Rise of the Jain series, following The Soldier, and is set in the Polity universe.
Action packed and thrilling, The Departure is a must for all fans of contemporary science fiction who haven't experienced Asher's visceral novels before -- <i>We Love This Book</i> The Orwellian intro had me utterly hooked right from the start. I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end -- <i>WorldsInInk</i> I had an absolute blast with this book . . . his work really does get better and better -- <i>Falcata Times</i> Fast, dramatic stuff . . . this is a book with lots of Asher trademarks: rapid pace, great action, messy consequences -- <i>SFFWorld</i> Delivers plenty of thrills, and the climax also sets up a very intriguing status quo for the second volume -- <i>SFX</i> Fast, furious, violent, slightly tongue-in-cheek (I think), and a whole lot of fun that makes 1984 seem like a children's tea party . . . the start of another promising series from Asher. Go on, dive in, you won't be disappointed -- <i>British Fantasy Society</i>