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The Soldier

(2018)
(The first book in the Rise of the Jain series)
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In a far corner of space, on the very borders between humanity's Polity worlds and the kingdom of the vicious crab-like prador, is an immediate threat to all sentient life: an accretion disc, a solar system designed by the long-dead Jain race and swarming with living technology powerful enough to destroy entire civilizations.

Neither the Polity or the prador want the other in full control of the disc, so they've placed an impartial third party in charge of the weapons platform guarding the technology from escaping into the galaxy: Orlandine, a part-human, part-AI haiman. She's assisted by Dragon, a mysterious, spaceship-sized alien entity who has long been suspicious of Jain technology and who suspects the disc is a trap lying-in-wait.

Meanwhile, the android Angel is planning an attack on the Polity, and is searching for a terrible weapon to carry out his plans?a Jain super-soldier. But what exactly the super-soldier is, and what it could be used for if it fell into the wrong hands, will bring Angel and Orlandine's missions to a head in a way that could forever change the balance of power in the Polity universe.

In The Soldier, British science fiction writer Neal Asher kicks off another Polity-based trilogy in signature fashion, concocting a mind-melting plot filled with far-future technology, lethal weaponry, and bizarre alien creations.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A richly imagined, exotic world, nonstop action, and unimaginable stakes--I couldn't put The Soldier down." - Yoon Ha Lee

"Neal Asher's coruscating mix of epic space opera, weaponised Darwinism and high-stakes intrigue channels the primal flame of deep-core science fiction." - Paul McAuley


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Used availability for Neal L Asher's The Soldier

Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Soldier: Rise of the Jain, Book One
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-59780-943-8 / 978-1-59780-943-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain)
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-5098-6239-0 / 978-1-5098-6239-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain)
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-5098-6241-2 / 978-1-5098-6241-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Soldier: Rise of the Jain, Book One
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-59780-961-6 / 978-1-59780-961-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Soldier: rise of the Jain
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-5098-6236-6 / 978-1-5098-6236-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain)
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-5436-8028-3 / 978-1-5436-8028-7
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain)
Author(s): Neal Asher
ISBN: 1-5436-8027-5 / 978-1-5436-8027-0
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier: Rise of the Jain, Book 1
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Soldier: Rise of the Jain, Book 1
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain)
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Macmillan
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May 2018 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Soldier (Rise of the Jain Book 1)
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Pan
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May 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Soldier
Author(s): Neal Asher
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Availability: Amazon