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Dragons' Wrath (New Adventures) [Mass Market Paperback]

Justin Richards
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: The New Adventures (19 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426205081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426205081
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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To Benny, the Knights of Geneve are little more than an historical sideshow. As vying for control of Quadricale, site of the Knights last stand, takes place, someone is committing murders on the university campus and a dying man leaves Benny with an obviously important statue of a dragon.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It�s a twister 6 Aug 2004
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Benny's second solo New Adventure is a fairly average run-around concerning a bogus historical artefact. The plot is well paced, with a lot of plot-twists, but the actual story is fairly uninteresting, as Benny finds herself between two equally underhand factions involved in the political skulduggery, and the open ending is a twist too far. Readable, but nothing spectacular.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian 23 Feb 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The second of the New Adventures to feature archaeologist Bernice `Benny' Summerfield as main protagonist, is a somewhat torpid affair; ostensibly a murder mystery surrounding the disappearance of a sacred relic, it never really takes off, and even the few action scenes fail to spark in any meaningful way. Arguably the best thing about this novel is the introduction of Doctor-substitute, Time-Lord Irving Braxatiel; an enigmatic figure who seems set to be a recurring mentor for our heroine. Hopefully, this was a bit of an off-day for Justin Richards, as he is usually a much more entertaining writer, however before we get to the next Richards effort, The Medusa Effect (New Adventures) Matthew Jones' Beyond the Sun (New Adventures) has the chance to really launch Benny's profile as a great sci-fi character in her own right.

Audio CD: ***Rough and ready early BF offering:
In recent years, particularly regarding their flagship Doctor Who monthly series, Big Finish have become the gold standard for audio Sci-fi and fantasy full-cast dramas. However, as this early Bernice Summerfield offering demonstrates - it was not always thus. It's far from being terrible, but the production values are basic, the voice cast unilaterally RP-speaking white luvvies, and the story itself rather dull. The latter is not down to the producers of course, but the choice of a mediocre spin-off novel for a full-cast audio drama, was possibly an unwise one.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story 4 Oct 2002
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
DRAGONS' WRATH was a fairly standard type of story, but one that contained enough plot twists and turns to hold my interest all the way to the end. The book didn't blow my mind, or stand my world-view on its head, but it did keep me entertained and amused. It's not deep, it's not heavy, but it's quite a bit of fun.
The plot moves quickly and provides us with very few dull moments. For much of the time I genuinely didn't know what direction the story was going to move in. That is especially praiseworthy when one considers how uninspired the bare outline of the story might have read, featuring, as it does, a treasure hunt, an ancient relic and a political power-struggle. So the fact that Justin Richards managed to make these somewhat tired elements not only interesting, but also quite unpredictable, is striking. The storyline manages to twist in logical and interesting ways, reviving any reader who may have grown weary of too many adventure stories based on long lost riches and power-mad dictators.
There was one section that kept annoying me though, and I was fortunate that the offending passages weren't thrown into the forefront too many times. Richards sets up the power-struggle in such a way that the focus of a tyrant's ambition is ultimately not really necessary, given what his main objectives are. A few times it is mentioned that some of his motivations are really just for show, as he already has a great deal of political power and influence. It kept nagging at me, because it felt as though this was getting in the way of the story being told. I thought it was shooting itself in the foot by cheapening and lessening the main thrust of the plot. On the other hand, this really wasn't referenced to all that often, and the resolution to this particular strand went a good way towards regaining my favor.
In this, her second book since branching out on her own, Benny is shown to be quite capable of carrying a series by herself. She's still a very engaging character, but more importantly, the fictional universe itself contains more than enough outlying pieces for the star to interact with. This series is getting richer as it goes along, and there are lots of little pieces for the authors to draw on if needed, or to ignore if unnecessary. It's certainly boding well for the later books in the series, and I'm quite looking forward to getting to the rest of them.
DRAGONS' WRATH was definitely a solid and enjoyable adventure. If you really wanted to skip it, you probably wouldn't miss anything terribly important. But it's a fairly diverting and compelling story, so I really couldn't recommend doing that. Read this one on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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