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Shadow of the Scorpion (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Neal Asher

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Title:Shadow of the Scorpion
Authors:Neal Asher
Info:Night Shade Books (2009), Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:science fiction

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Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher (2008)

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Great to read the back story. ( )
  gregandlarry | Dec 23, 2013 |
Enjoyed learning about Cormac's past but I found the book difficult to get into. Too disjointed for me. ( )
  ballfresno | Apr 4, 2013 |
A good revelatory read, with characters you care about. I want more Prador though! ( )
  Drakhir | Apr 3, 2013 |
Neal Asher's Cormac prequel unveils the space opera hero's childhood and early missions.
  sbisson | Feb 14, 2010 |
This is sort of a prequel – we follow Ian Cormac, ECS special agent from his young days to his enlistment with military and later to the special operations unit called Sparkind. Parallel to this, another storyline unfolds – story holding the key to the very disturbing event that took place when Ian was young, event that may even explain why he is followed by a military grade autonomous scorpion-like drone unit.

Fast paced, very interesting – bears great resemblance to Iain M Banks Culture series but is much more action oriented (maybe closest series to this one are Takeshi Kovacs novels).

Got me hooked up and looking for more books with the same main character.

Recommended. ( )
  Zare | Jul 6, 2009 |
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Despite some infelicities of prose, The Shadow of the Scorpion skilfully combines graphic action and sensitive characterisation and is Asher's most accomplished novel to date.
added by andyl | editThe Guardian, Eric Brown (Apr 4, 2009)
 
Neal Asher's latest novel, Shadow of the Scorpion, is an insane, sexy war story full of giant explosions on alien worlds. It's also a well-plotted exploration of the way violence destroys everything, even memory.
added by PhoenixTerran | editio9, Annalee Newitz (Dec 30, 2008)
 

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Sitting on an outcrop, Ian Cormax stared at the words and the figures displayed on his palm-top, but could not equate them to anything he knew.
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Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and the vicious arthropoid 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.

In the years following the war he signs up with Earth Central Security, and is sent out to help either restore or simply maintain order on worlds devastated by Prador bombardment.

There he discovers that though the old enemy remains as murderous as ever, it is not anywhere near as perfidious or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some of them closer to him than he would like.

Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, he discovers in himself a cold capacity for violence, learns some horrible truths about his own past and, set upon a course of vengeance, tries merely to stay alive.
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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.… (more)

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