Neal Asher is, without a doubt, my favorite science fiction author and quickly on his way to supplant Neil Gaiman as my all-time favorite author. The level of story telling Asher is at, very few attain.
In his Polity universe of novels, he has created something that puts so-called ‘epic fantasy’ series to shame. The level of nuance is staggering and can’t be properly appreciated with just one or two books read. There are two series and a bunch of standalone books that all work off each other, in a way I’ve never seen done. And the absolutely baffling part about the books, is that you don’t have to read both series and every standalone to enjoy the story he is telling. You can start either series or any of the standalones and be entertained.
He’s an inspiration to me and my writing.
Shadow of the Scorpion is actually what sealed Neal as my favorite sci-fi author. It tells the story of Agent Cormac, filling in a lot of backstory that isn’t explained in detail elsewhere. Superb writing. Great action. Believable characters. Just a damn great book.
Should you read it? The answer to that is a resounding YES; and why haven’t you started reading Neal Asher’s books yet?