A better-than-average blend of the detective genre and hard SF. A few loose ends here and there, but an enjoyable read with enough interesting ideas and science to compel one to finish the story...and in a fairly short time.
Another airplane/airport novel. Sort of action adventure meets Iain Banks Culture. Interesting and entertaining, but not a keeper.
Great story, lots of action. Seemed like he wrapped things up a little two quickly at the end and I'm not entirely sure of a few details, but still a great read.
This book did not live up to my expectations. The characterizations seemed weak and the plot suffered from too many unlikely events. The climax built up nicely but fizzled out in the end. I may give Mr. Asher another chance, but not right away.
Comparing Ian Cormac, the protagonist of this SF adventure, to a futuristic James Bond would be fair. Even the author himself does so. "Gridlinked" is an action-packed tale from the future filled with dragon creatures, lizard men and powerful androids. Lots of gratuitous violence, a little gratuitous sex and an overall fun romp through the speculative fiction genre.
Arian Pelter is a separatist madman who augments his mind with not one, but two network implants or augmentations. Throughout the rest of the novel, Pelters brain is awash in competing streams of data. It drives him further from sanity and the strain manifests itself in physical defects. Reading Neal Ashers GRIDLINKED, I felt like my mind was similarly overloaded and torn apart. Filled with swirling cameos from homicidal golem-androids, babbling intergalactic dragons, malfunctioning teleporters, an ineffective AI government, animal-like cosmetic alterations, an immortal guardian, a self-praised James Bond protagonist, and too many references to Edward Lear poetry, GRIDLINKED was a headache!
While I enjoyed the book in small doses, GRIDLINKED neither came together into a carefully-developed world nor a well-designed novel. The main character was advised early in the book to permanently disable his augmentation so that he could be free of the grid link and be human once again. I recommend the same. Disconnect from this book!
interesting and fast paced. only downside was the ambiguous ending, and also that there were two completely different story lines going on that could each have stood alone as a separate novel.
I enjoyed the book. Have to give the beginner a set of four stars for his first book.