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Primeval: Fire and Water [Paperback]

Simon Guerrier
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7 Jan 2011 Primeval
At a safari park in South Africa, rangers are disappearing and strange creatures have been seen battling with lions and rhinos. As the team investigates they are drawn into a dark conspiracy which could have terrible consequences... Back at home as torrential rain pours down over the city, an enormous anomaly opens up in East London...

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (7 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680631
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Primeval is terrifically good fun, nostalgic and modern at the same time... I love it to pieces. Look out, Dr Who." The Observer" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Steven Savile, highly respected media tie-in writer, was nominated for the International Media Tie-In Writer's SCRIBE Award in 2007 for Slaine: The Exile. He was runner-up in the British Fantasy Awards in 2000, and won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award in 2002. He has written extensively for Star Wars, Warhammer (Black Library), Dr Who and Torchwood. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than expected 12 May 2008
Knowing that this series of books was supposedly aimed at the teenage audience, I expected something fairly simplistic. However, I was nicely surprised that this seems to be a very well written book with good character detail (Cutter's feelings about Claudia/Jenny) and a well rendered sense of place (very good descriptions of Cuzco).
The political and mystery elements though push the time anomaly plot almost into the background, so readers expecting the 'chasing dinosaurs' style of the TV show might be a bit surprised.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the series, you like this 28 May 2009
By M. Dale
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Let's start with the obvious; the TV series isn't going to win any highbrow drama awards and this book is faithful to the TV series. With that said, the series is entertaining and funny and, again, the book is faithful to that. Think Dan Brown with added dinosaurs - classic sci-fi entertainment which doesn't require much thinking.

The plot is very typical of the show although it's obviously quite a bit longer than usual and, without giving too much away, it has the usual dose of spectacular settings, nasty villains, plenty of action and, of course, dinosaurs. Abnett has done a good job of capturing the characters' personalities and traits and for the most part they ring true. Having seen them on TV makes it all the easier to visualise them, and when Connor tries yet another terrible joke you'll find yourself using his voice in your head. It all fits together very well.

As TV tie-ins go, this is a good one and should keep you entertained. The author knows his audience and what they want, and has done an excellent job of delivering it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing 30 July 2010
By Holly
I've read a lot of tie-in novels, mostly for Doctor Who, and so I can tell a good story when I find one. Sadly to say, when I read Primeval, the Lost Island, it really didn't come under this description.

One of the most important things when reading a tie-in novel is that you can feel the characters coming out of the words. That they speak to the same rhythm set up in the series, as each character does have their own patterns. In this, I often lost track of who was talking, they were so far away from the characters of the ARC team. Considering the fact that there are 5 members of the team, Connor, Abby, Stephen and Jenny were rather forgotten in the background, only popping their heads up every so often to have a few seconds of dialogue, then get forgotten and tossed into the blank areas of the lacking description.

I felt that Abby, in particular, was there only to play the damsel-in-distress that she has never, EVER been written to be. For instance, the scene on the cliff. In what circumstance would Abby Maitland; someone who has been kickboxing, boxing, doing yoga and generally training her body for however-many-years, be the one to fall off a cliff, while the Professor (no offence to him, but he doesn't exactly look to be at the height of fitness) and Connor (who admits to only being able to do DoE for a morning before breaking his ankle) are perfectly fine and dandy? And Abby is said to have been "well brought up", while the series often refers to how she had a rough life, having to look after her brother alone and that she had never had it easy.

As previously mentioned, the story is far too focussed on Nick (and yet still doesn't have him in character) and so, Paul Kearney seems determined to throw Jenny and Abby at him like pieces of meat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primeval brilliance. 2 Aug 2009
my dad ordered this book for me. i'd just finished my english GCSE when the primeval book came and i was really pleased. i was a little upset to find that cutter wasn't in it but i do like Danny as a character. this book was a bit too graphic in detail for my twelve year old sister and i read it to her cutting out the gruesome parts. it's a book that can have you laughing at one point and ridgid to your seat with fear the next. i love all the characters and it's brilliantly written with superb detail and i read it all over again. it's a book that you can't put down until the end. Cutter is missed in it but the gripping plot makes up for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No "Fraud" Involved, Best Entry in the Series 14 July 2009
The disappointed reviewer on this page was almost certainly not misled deliberately: likely author Simon Guerrier's original outline did feature the characters of Nick Cutter and Jenny Lewis, and he was asked to retool it when the re-casting went down (and that was very likely why, as he mentions in an afterword, he was invited onto the set to watch filming; he'd have had no exposure to the new characters otherwise, if the release of the book were to coincide with the middle of Season Three). To Guerrier's everlasting credit, though, the reconception has made it seem as if this were a story meant to feature Danny and Sarah all along, and he captures their personae, as well as those of the veteran regulars, perfectly.

More impressive still, though he's dealing with the weakest continuity of the TV show (it not only jumped the shark in Season Three, it kissed it, seduced it, humped it and sent it flowers), he has written the strongest of the four novels. In part he seems to have had advantages the previous three scribes didn't have, in re: greater familiarity and (possibly) fewer restrictions, what with the show foundering and losing both focus and perspective (ironically, as an "outside" freelancer, working in prose, he got to pull various disparate elements together) --

-- but he's also managed to create a tale in which multiple, seemingly independent, storylines converge on a reveal (not to be spoiled here) that has more urgency and somewhat higher emotional stakes than just rampaging prehistoric creatures running around where they don't belong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good story and is just like the show (I bought on DVD). If you enjoy the show make sure you buy this book!
Published 6 months ago by Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars TV Tie-in Event!
Anyone considering buying such a novel would surely be aware of the TV series that inspired it - anomalies that appear in the present day connecting to times when usually extinct... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. D. J. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and well done
Could not put it down. The characters are just like in the series and well protrayed. The books add a extra level to the show as they describe scenes that could never be done on... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Space
3.0 out of 5 stars Dino Destruction
Strange anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the distant past and far future to roam the modern world. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page)
3.0 out of 5 stars A good fun piece of light entertainment
Primeval: Exinction Event is a book based on the popular ITV television series of the same name about anomalies in time that occur, allowing beasts from prehistoric (and apparently... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Katie Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the TV series
Being an avid fan of the TV series, I thought I would give this book ago. I was not at all disappointed, the story fits in well with the TV series and follows the same characters... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by Andrew Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking ride!
Very enjoyable, rollicking ride. Even without being a fan of the TV series, this was really fun - easy to get into, nicely structured, and a good read.
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by Skargasm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Transaction
Book was delivered quickly and was exactly as described. Make a great christmas gift - many many thanks!!
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr. A. Coulson
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Lsland
Our children (9 and 7) love Primeval and its Dinosaurs so we were pleased to be able to get some books at Christmas for them. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Time-Travelling Dinosaur Science Fiction!
When Cutter, Abby, and Conner are kidnapped, Jenny and Hemple go to search for them with the help of Helen, Cutter's estranged wife. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Mrs. T. Newton
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