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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781081204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781081204
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Haley is a hidden gem of British SF.' Paul Cornell 'It's a thriller, an unnatural mystery and a strange sort of love story. Highly entertaining and original, and well worth a look.' Starburst Magazine on Champion of Mars

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Guy Haley is a journalist and the author of Reality 36, Omega Point and Champion of Mars. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife, son, a very big cat, and an even bigger dog.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yagiz Erkan on 11 July 2013
Format: Paperback
"Why do you read fiction?" When I turned the barrel of this question to myself, my immediate answer was: "to be entertained". In fiction, entertainment is what I'm looking for and the overall experience is what I value the most. To qoute Jojen Reeds from Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." So, when I turned the first page of Crash, I was looking to put another notch on the hilt of that sword.

Crash opens with a prologue that immediately hooks the reader:

"At first, Dariusz Szczeciński was dead, then he was not.
Machines hurried him to life more quickly than they should. Preservative fluids were sucked from his circulatory system with haste, warmed blood pumped in their place..."

The main protagonish, Dariusz Szczeciński, wakes up after, what appears to be, a crash. The dozen-page prologue is perfect to whet the reader's appetite.

Then, the author takes us to 22nd-century Earth where the reader remains throughout the first quarter of the book. Here Haley paints a very probable picture of our hurting planet that is damaged beyond repair. In that future, a handful of people forming the elite of the society, the pointers, live a dream life while 99% of the human population can barely survive. In this first part, the reader gets to know the backstory of the main protagonist Dariusz as well as some other important characters.

Maybe it comes with the age but as I grow older I lose my faith in humanity. We are not doing enough to protect our planet, we are wasting precious resources, in the name of dogma we are not educating our people in family planning.
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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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Guy Haley is not an author I've read before but his latest novel Crash promised everything I wanted for a summer holiday read - adventure, disaster, spaceships, alien worlds and alien beasties, all with a healthy mix of dystopia, futuristic angst, semi-robots, honour, intrigue, decency, guilt, heroes, courage, horror and appallingly behaved rich people. Crash did not let me down. It delivered everything I wanted and more. Having picked this book up almost on a whim, I was then unable to put it down and I read it in a day. I loved it.

Set in the 22nd century, Earth has become vastly overcrowded with the majority of its inhabitants consigned to abject poverty and misery while the few - and it really is the very few - own all the wealth, making money from money, creating nothing of value, watching distantly, coldly. These are the Pointers. Now that life on Earth has become untenable, the Pointers have decided to do the only thing they can - abandon ship. Actually, they do the opposite. They have secretly built a fleet of starfaring vessels, targeted at new worlds to be colonised by their kind. Cassandra (or Sand), a supply pilot aboard the ESS Adam Mickiewicz, is our heroine and Dariusz, saboteur of the mission, becomes, whether he likes it or not, our hero.

Due to Dariusz' actions, and to his utter horror, the Adam Mickiewicz is diverted from the fleet and crashes 900 years into the future on a planet that is locked in position. One half is perpetual night and the other is constant day. It is not uninhabited and its terrain, climate and nature do all they can to bring suffering and death to the survivors of the ship, scattered as they are across the planet, desperately clinging on to life, searching for each other.

Crash is an engrossing read.
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I'm no in-depth reviewer, let's just say this tickled all my sci-fi fancies. Great world (re)building, taut plot, well paced. Mr Haley, in my humble, deserves a wee bit more attention. Splendido.
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An action-packed, enthralling novel 11 July 2013
By Yagiz Erkan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Why do you read fiction?" When I turned the barrel of this question to myself, my immediate answer was: "to be entertained". In fiction, entertainment is what I'm looking for and the overall experience is what I value the most. To qoute Jojen Reeds from Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." So, when I turned the first page of Crash, I was looking to put another notch on the hilt of that sword.

Crash opens with a prologue that immediately hooks the reader:

"At first, Dariusz Szczeciński was dead, then he was not.
Machines hurried him to life more quickly than they should. Preservative fluids were sucked from his circulatory system with haste, warmed blood pumped in their place..."

The main protagonish, Dariusz Szczeciński, wakes up after, what appears to be, a crash. The dozen-page prologue is perfect to whet the reader's appetite.

Then, the author takes us to 22nd-century Earth where the reader remains throughout the first quarter of the book. Here Haley paints a very probable picture of our hurting planet that is damaged beyond repair. In that future, a handful of people forming the elite of the society, the pointers, live a dream life while 99% of the human population can barely survive. In this first part, the reader gets to know the backstory of the main protagonist Dariusz as well as some other important characters.

Maybe it comes with the age but as I grow older I lose my faith in humanity. We are not doing enough to protect our planet, we are wasting precious resources, in the name of dogma we are not educating our people in family planning. And one of the projections of our planet's current state could very well match what Haley describes in this first part of Crash. That probable realism glued the book to my hands.

And in the second part of the book the reader find herself back to the crash and the very important events surrounding it. That's where the story picks up more speed.

Unfortunately I hadn't read any of Haley's work before therefore I won't be able to compare Crash to his previous novels however I really liked his smooth, flowing style. The structure and the construction of the story is skilfully realised and Crash is somewhat reminiscent of some of Eric Brown's work. One or two characters failed to make an impression on me however, in general, I didn't have much difficulty in relating to them.

Crash is an action-packed, enthralling novel. I loved Guy Haley's storytelling and in Crash he gives us an adventure well-worth following. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel. And when I turned Crash's last page I knew I was going to read one of Haley's previous works very soon, while waiting for its sequel to be published. A copy of Champion of Mars is already waiting for me on my desk.
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