David Marantz delivers a clear and straightforward performance of Neal Asher’s science fiction narrative Shadow of the Scorpion: A Novel of the Polity. Protagonist Ian Cormac came of age during the end of a war between humans and aliens, Polity versus Prador. Memories of a scorpion-shaped war drone haunt him, but he has trouble remembering everything. As he travels as part of Earth Central Security to war-torn locales, he discovers that humans are far more cruel and violent than the enemy aliens. He’s out for vengeance and nothing can stop him - not even the truth about his own past.
Raised to adulthood during the end of the war, between the human Polity and a vicious alien race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn’t remember. Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security and is sent out to help restore and maintain order on worlds devastated by the war. There, he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans - some closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, Cormac will discover in himself a cold capacity for violence, and learn some horrible truths about his own past while trying to stay alive on his course of vengeance.
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This third installment in the Polity series seems to come, chronologically, between the first and second books. I think I would have benefitted from reading them in one, three, two order.
I think the narrator may be a Brit, doing his best Yank impression in the reading, given his pronunciation of certain words, spelled the same in both cultures.
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