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Life on Mars: Borstal Slags

Life on Mars: Borstal Slags [Kindle Edition]

Tom Graham
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Time to leap into the Cortina as Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt roar back into action in a brand new installment of Life on Mars.

‘Smell that borstal whiff, Tyler. The heady aroma of body odour, spunk, and bunged up khazis. And that’s just the staff who work here.’

It’s time to get tooled up as DI Sam Tyler and DCI Gene Hunt find themselves pursuing justice on the wrong side of the prison walls in this third exciting instalment of Life on Mars.

A grisly death, a mysterious letter, and a runaway truck on the rampage – what is it that connects them, and why does it point towards the brutal regime at Friar's Brook borstal? Is Head Warder McClintock taking his obsession with control and punishment to murderous extremes? Or are there even darker forces at work amid the young criminal minds incarcerated behind those high walls?

For Sam, Friar’s Brook will be far more than just a police investigation. What he encounters there will tear his world apart.

About the Author

Tom Graham left school at 14 without qualifications. He is a smoker, and says that writing the Life on Mars novels is the nearest thing he’s had to a regular job since he got banned from driving. He part-owns a greyhound called Arthur and his ambition is to get fruity with Raquel Welch (to be clear about it, that’s Tom’s ambition, not Arthur’s).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BZ6856
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This excellent quartet of new tie-in novels entertainingly, fascinatingly and at times poetically develops linking mythology between the last episode of LIFE ON MARS and the beginning of ASHES TO ASHES. All the characters are represented with accuracy, humanity and humor, and the author, while certainly expanding the format for novelistic prose, also honors it assiduously, never leaving Sam Tyler's point of view (even though those of us who know the additional "answers" provided by ASHES TO ASHES realize that at this point he could) which makes the writing even more of a tour de force.

As to the writing: it's so accomplished, focused and genre savvy that I didn't buy the claim that the author was series co-creator Matthew Graham's brother, since "Tom" seems to have no other professional credits or even online existence; the author bio/picture display in the book is rather conspicuously an inside-joke concoction, so I went a-Googling to see if I could Gene Hunt down the actual wordsmith. It wasn't easy, but I did. The official LIFE ON MARS novelist is not one of the current generation of usual tie-in writers, which is in part why he's so well-camouflaged...or at least is until you flip the byline names. He's not Tom Graham; he's independently published British science fiction/fantasy novelist Graham Thomas, author of HATS OFF TO BRANDENBURG (The Roxy Compendium), among others (not to be confused with the late Canadian mystery author Gordon Kosakoski, who used that same by-line as a pseudonym). If you click to Graham's (slightly obsolete) bio on his website, The Never Press (as one word) dot-com, one of the sentences in it reads: "He is currently at work on a four-part mini-cycle that exists within a sixteen-part saga." (LIFE ON MARS ran for 16 episodes.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally love it 17 Jun 2014
By weeki
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Snigger, snigger, snigger... What a brilliant series this was when it was first broadcast. In the written format, nothing has been lost. It's still fast paced, funny and long live Gene Hunt. Really enjoyed this, thoroughly recommend it, and where's the next one?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit. 16 May 2014
By Walker
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As with the previous books, this one hits the target. As a whole, the story is heading for its final confrontation between Sam and the Devil in the Dark.

The main storyline of this book involves the investigation of 3 deaths in Friar's Brook Borstal for boys. Intriguing yet simple, the story keeps moving forward at a cracking pace. All the elements that made the tv show a success are here; humour, fun, excitement, action and the supernatural all come together seamlessly. All the characters are spot on once again, with Gene Hunt at his obnoxious best.

There are less typesetting errors than in the second book, but there are still a few. Proofreading is needed to tidy this up, but it is nowhere near bad enough to detract from the enjoyment of this book.

I'm looking forward to the final book in the series, whilst at the same time I just don't want the books to end. If you really love the show then you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the story continues..... 21 April 2014
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I had several thoughts towards the end of this book: Was this one as good as the previous two? Was the story becoming too complicated? Was the fighting between Gene and Sam going over the top? Was this whole concept starting to become too ridiculous and (maybe) a turn-off?

Having now finished the book, I feel I can answer them as follows: No, Possibly, Yes, Maybe, No.

To explain in more detail: I definitely decided this one wasn't as good as the previous two and in fact I was starting to get bored towards the end. This story was more complicated, as not only did we have to cope with Sam's thoughts of 2006 and 1973, but he also found himself back in the 1960s as well and the third timeframe was one timeframe too many for me. This whole book seemed to be a constant warring of words between Sam and Gene and, in my opinion, stretched too far. Yes we have known since the very first episode of LoM that Gene and Sam would not see eye to eye on everything, for the main reason that they had been policing very different cultures. But it went far too far in this book. This in turn led to the thought that maybe these stories had started to spoil the very idea of LoM, but it has got a long way to go to yet before I will be put off it for good.

So to sum up, maybe this one isn't as good as the previous two, but I have confidence it will pick up and I look forward to book four 'Get Cartwright'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to scratch 19 May 2013
By ACT79
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I wasn't really taken by the story line. It was too fantastical for my liking and again too many basic typing errors. It appeared to be written in a hurry. Still a fan of the series though.
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