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Falcon: The Dying Sun v. 5 [Paperback]

Mark Smith , Jamie Thomson
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Mar 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722179154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722179154
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,422,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, lacking atmosphere 28 Jun 2014
By Alaran
With a content that includes time travel, time machines and Time Lords you might assume that this is an adventure gamebook heavily influenced by Doctor Who. It is, perhaps, far more James Bond in style. Primarily though it reads a bit like a police investigation. Essentially the adventurer must travel through time and space in an effort to discover which of the Time Lords (five humans and aliens that appear to be in charge of regulating time travel; and your superiors) is in fact a traitor. You must then expose them and stop them altering the timelines of Earth and hence the galaxy. Although not the most original of ideas it still remains an interesting concept for a gamebook. And, by and large, it works reasonably well.

However, jumping around in space and time so rapidly fails to allow for much of a sense of atmosphere to develop. More often than not, before the reader can even begin to immerse themselves in an environment they are thrust into the next. Some of the fun is taken out of the adventure by the speed in which it progresses. The intricacies of your investigation into the conspiracy push the storyline forward rather than the peoples or events of various time zones. There is little chance to interact much with historical figures (usually you just come into their vicinity momentarily) or even anybody particularly from other times. Most of the adventurer’s interaction with other characters is those from his own time period, essentially your fellow TIME agents and the committee of Time Lords. As such these are the best developed characters in the adventure and the five Time Lords are all fairly distinctive in personality and outlook.

The book is fairly well constructed considering the parameters it has set itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and detailed 1 Dec 2012
The introduction to this gamebook is detailed, with technical drawings of craft and technology, and the future world of Earth 3033AD is realistically detailed. The detail of time travel is also well thought out, as there are windows which move in real time so you cannot go back to the same time twice. The story concerns your mission, as a new agent, to discover which of the Lords of Time is a renegade. There is little to go on at first so it begins a bit randomly and is a bit daunting with multiple targets and many timelines, but once you start moving it gets more obvious. That said, one of the impressive points in the book is that many of the choices are reasonable and require a good deal of thought to work out which has the best implications or even the least worst. It makes the book extremely challenging and requires more thought than Fighting fantasy used to. More like hard work but impressive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing end to the time- saga 9 Feb 2010
By Skiffyboy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the final instalment in the chronicles of TIME agent Falcon. It starts off with Falcon disobeying a direct order to investigate the disappearance of agent Bloodhound, taking his time machine through a temporal disturbance where he finds himself at the end of time. I got a bit disappointed, having expected and hoped for something like an elegy of the final gasp of our universe/ the Big crunch, a creative take on the cosmic apocalypse in the reign of Douglas Adams' "Restaurant" or Babylon 5's "The deconstruction of falling stars". Instead, this end of time turns out to be just another desolate, entropy-worn down planet, populated by other time-wrecks incl WW2 nazis, lured to this temporal cul-de-sac by a mysterious force which Falcon must destroy after having saved his colleague. Both the encounters and the problem solving is far below par from what we came to love in the prequels (especially book 2 & 4).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise 21 April 2009
By Christopher Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
I actually received book 6 in the Falcon series, but since I haven't been able to find it anywhere else, I consider it a happy surprise. The book was in excellent condition and I received it promptly. If you still have book 5 in the series, I would be interested in purchasing it from you.
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