Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a world surrounded by hostile Prador forces, but Penny Royal, the AI inside the rescue ship sent to provide backup, turned rogue, annihilating friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction and killing Spear. One hundred years later the AI is still on the loose, and Spear vows for revenge at any cost.
Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate, but after competitors attacked she needed power and protection. Negotiating with Penny Royal, she got more than she bargained for: Turning part-AI herself gave Isobel frightening power, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret, and the dark AI triggered a transformation that has been turning her into something far from human…
Spear hires Isobel to track Penny Royal across worlds to its last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and quickly finds himself in her crosshairs. As Isobel continues to evolve into a monstrous predator, it’s clear her rage will eventually win out over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt before he himself becomes the hunted?
Dark Intelligence is the explosive first novel in a brand new trilogy from military SF master Neal Asher and a new chapter in his epic Polity universe. @goodreads
Beautiful artwork by Jon Sullivan.
I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book at first. I was confused as to what was going on in the beginning. I'm not all together sure I still understand it but as the story moves on I figured some things out.
If your wanting a really dark sci-fi read then this one is for you.
There are these octopus type aliens called the Prador that either eat you or do other horrific things to you.
You have rogue AI's that do some really messed up stuff to you! And the number one evil AI dude thing is called Penny Royal.
Thorvald Spear is the main character in the book. He was brought back from a century ago because they CAN do that if you have things set up. Now Spear is on a mission to take down Penny Royal, but will he?
Spear also hires Isobel and her two man crew. Isobel was stupid enough to make a deal with Penny Royal to do some (lets just say) augmentations to her. Yeah...............
Either way, I'm going to read the next book and hope I can continue to keep up in this world.
Once again, I think all hard core sci-fi peeps will like this one!