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Well I liked it
on 20 October 2010
Green is a highly engaging professional storyteller who can sometimes keep a series going past its sell-by date which I feel has been happening with the Nightside books. However, we now have this new series to look forward to and on the basis of this first book it's highly promising.
What I like about it particularly is its narrow focus. After the setup of the first two chapters which introduces the scenario and our team of three heroes, Green gets right down to business. Most of the novel is set within the confines of Oxford Street Tube Station transformed into a nightmarish place by some evil otherworldly power and takes place on just one night, maybe even only a couple of hours. Apart from our heroes there are only the two villains plus a collection of ghosts, demons and monsters. All five humans are smartly characterised and prone to wisecracking. The heroes are flawed and fallible but heroes nevertheless. The two villains, a sadistic seductress and a mad scientist and as enjoyably horrid as you could wish for, are on a mission to kill the heroes but inevitably they need to join forces. There's the odd bit of deus ex machina around but that's forgivable in an otherwise rattling unputdownable yarn.
Great fun, a bit like a good episode of your favourite tv series.
Sign me up for the next one please Mr Green.