Cowl

Neal Asher

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In the far future, the Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system, after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the Umbrathane have escaped into the distant past, where they can position themselves to wreak havoc across time and undo their defeat. The most fanatical of them is the superhuman Cowl, more monstrous than any of the creatures outside his prehistoric redoubt.

Cowl sends his terrifying hyperdimensional pet, the torbeast, hunting through all the timelines for human specimens. It sheds its scales -- each one an organic time machine -- where its master orders. Anyone who picks one up is dragged back to the dawn of time, where Cowl awaits. Then the beast can feed, growing ever larger . . .

In our own near-future, Tack is one of U-gov's programmable killers. When a scale latches onto him, his doom seems inevitable, but the Heliothane have other ideas: they can use Tack against Cowl. Tack is no stranger to violence, but the Heliothane, hardened in their struggle for humanity's very existence, have much to teach him. He will need it all for his encounter with Cowl.

Once one of Tack's targets, Polly escaped with her life when a torbeast scale snatched her. Now, like Tack, she must learn fast as she is dragged back to Day Zero. To cheat death again, she will have to help him save the human race.

With Cowl, Neal Asher, acclaimed author of Gridlinked and The Skinner, has created his most powerful novel yet.

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1Engineer Goron:From what I have learnt from the two survivors, we have to find another way to attack Cowl. The first of the group took with them a fusion and displacement generator to punch through into interspace to provide an energy tap. This was so subsequent travellers could arrive accurately at the same location—the inaccuracy of time travel increasing proportionally to the temporal distance from a suitable energy source. In this they succeeded. But being able to transport only a few personnel and small amounts of equipment on each trip, it still took them too long to

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"Asher does time travel and he does it damn well, taking the reader on a journey that would make one hell of a theme park ride!-SFRevu.com

"Time travel, ultraviolence, big dinosaurs -- the perfect mind-blasting SF cocktail."-SFX magazine

"Asher has lit up the sky of Science Fiction like a new sun."-Tanith Lee

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Neal Asher

Neal Asher lives in Chelmsord, Essex, UK.

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Cowl
Neal Asher

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765315120
ISBN10: 0765315122
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429910415
ISBN10: 1429910410
320 pages
$7.99
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