By Neal Asher
Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed through a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage means that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy because it is big - is by some means concerned. despatched out on a colossal Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac needs to examine the catastrophe. in the meantime, at the distant planet Masada, the long term uprising can by no means upward thrust above-ground, because the slave inhabitants is subjugated by way of orbital laser arrays managed through the Theocracy of their cylinder worlds, and through the truth that they can't adequately depart their labour compounds. For the desert of Masada lacks breathable air ...and in the market roam mammoth predators known as hooders and siluroynes, let alone the bizarre and bad gabbleducks.