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Editorial Reviews

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.

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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.

©2008 Neal Asher (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Best sci-fi action writer I know

Even though the polity series is chuck full of fast pased emersive combat and gritty cyberpunk characters it is not in any sense light reading. Neal Asher is a master of epic world building and interesting character development. The science in his work often esoteric and mysterious yet with a strong foundation in the world he built.
What attracts me most to his writing is that Asher manages to capture the grit and feel of early cyperpunk works and manages to hold on to that through huge and intricate story arcs. Something most early cyberpunk writers never really mastered.

I am relistening the entire polity universe series now since it is finally complete in audiobook form. I do advise anyone with similar ambitions to google the timeline and read the series chronologically. Asher has been writing in this universe for decades, prequels sequels an all, so it can get a little confusing if you just go by audible's inferior sorting options.

Ps: A tip for you audible devs: remember my sorting preferences already, sigh.. Resorting every query to release date got tiresome years ago. The new terminology does not help either.

If you like Neal Asher go check out Peter F. Hamilton too. Not as much grit and action but seriously good at building story arcs . Takes epic out of the spectrum.
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it had satisfying ending

man, Amistad is just poor misunderstood murder machine that just wanted little cormac to know the truth

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Decent Polity Novel

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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Fascinating!

Leaves you wondering. Well played. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't help wondering what comes next. I'm not ready to leave these characters.

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Excellent First in Cormac Series

Great intro to the Ian Cormac series. Necessary reading the Neal Asher fans who seek the background and origins of Cormac. Must listen!

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Really good book

One of Asher's best, in my opinion. Love the evolution of techno-Bond. It's great to see how Cormac got his start.