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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Review: CowlUser Review - Sarah Payok - Goodreads
I really struggled with Cowl. The story itself seems interesting - a war of sorts between to different types of creatures, lots of awesome traveling backward in time, and snippets involving dinosaurs ... Read full review
Review: CowlUser Review - Greg Zafiris - Goodreads
7: A nice SF departure from the world of GRRM, but a bit too technical and tough to follow. I liked the premise of people throughout time being kidnapped backwards in time, so that an uber-human can ... Read full review
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Walker of Worlds: Cowl by Neal Asher
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Cowl - extracts from the novel by Neal Asher
Freeman can't shake the half-formed memory of the catadapt woman -- but why is she here at the embarkation lounge...
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Experiments in Woolgathering » “Cowl” by Neal Asher
I finished my second Neal Asher (and here) book (and his second published in the US I believe), Cowl, Saturday. Like the other Asher I’ve read (The Skinner) ...
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Cowl is a 2004 science fiction novel by Neal Asher. It tells of an epic time war between two factions from the 43rd century. ...
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Tor UK - Website Forum: Cowl
The limited hardback print run of Cowl has already sold out (released March 19th), and now Macmillan are doing a second one. The book has already received ...
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