This is the 8th in Virgin Books short-lived series of original Judge Dredd novels, and the third to be written by David Bishop - unfortunately it's also his worst. With several barely connected storylines running alongside each other 'Silencer' feels unfocused - this might be forgivable if the individual narratives were original or exciting, but most of them are pretty much stock pulp scenarios, the Alien/Predator style biological alien weapon running loose in Mega-City One being a typical example. The novel is also mired in the continuity of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazines of the time, with Bishop drawing on such series as Mechanismo, Preacher, Harmony, She Devils, etc. Once you filter out all the continuity references and the second hand storylines 'Silencer' is very thin on content, and reads like a speed-written filler rather than a labour of love. A bland and fairly pointless excecise.