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Soul Purpose (The Conduit Sequence Book 1)

Soul Purpose (The Conduit Sequence Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Marsh
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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'...a hilariously snarky genre-bender...Alan and his friends are terrific fun...'Reading Reality
'...a delight to read. If this is Marsh's first novel, then all I can say is I can't wait to see his next one.' Sci-Fi Online
'I could not put this book down...this fantasy is a fascinating tale that is wonderfully excellent read' TCM Reviews
'Wow, what a shocker! Brit SF is fun, fast and entertaining. More, please!' SF Crow's Nest

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Alan Reece is a young, unhappy vet, who thinks that getting called out in the night is about the worst thing that could ever happen to him.
This time, he's right. A nocturnal encounter with a miracle will quickly turn into a nightmare, and as the world collapses around him, Alan will realise that he alone holds the key to a century-old secret.

Accompanied by Kate, a psychic-turned-physicist, and George, a credulous reporter, Alan will pit himself against a man who has already conquered death, and now has designs on the world.

Alan is going to discover that there are some things that really shouldn't happen to a vet.

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  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Nicholas Marsh has never forgiven his parents for giving him a happy childhood, thus depriving him of the necessary angst and bottled-up rage to become a full-time writer. Not only that, his genetic inheritance has so far thwarted every attempt to grow a beard to make him appear dark and brooding. Four weeks of strenuous effort only result in a near-invisible fluffy covering that even a student would quickly shave off in embarrassment.
Since his late teenage years he is proud that he had managed to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches. If only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, and doesn't think the job is all that bad really. On his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea and, occasionally, writing.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Darrowby 23 Jun 2008
Far too Douglas Adams-y for its own good, you can almost hear Peter Jones' voice reading aloud some of the passages and subclauses. So far, in the first forty pages, I've noted two direct lifts from "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" (most unforgiveably, a character called "Kate Schechter", exactly the same name as the main female protagonist in "Long Dark") as well as lifts from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens" (singing along to a Queen tape in the car).

It is a funny book, but hardly stellar in its attempts to move away from its influences. If you're steeped in Wodehouse, Adams, Waugh, Pratchett, Sharpe etc., then there's nothing here that will greatly surprise (although strangely, Marsh hasn't picked up much from the writing style of Alf Wight/James Herriot). To be technical, a lot of the jokes (mostly bad observational comedy or similies) either fizzle out or don't make sense. The author clearly knows how to structure a good Wodehousian novel - but then fills it with fluff and spam, rather than anything of real substance. For example, the main character comes home on Christmas Day and, guess what, "The Great Escape" in on the telly. Despite the fact that - famously - "The Great Escape" hasn't actually been on terrestrial TV on Christmas Day for decades, this is such a painfully obviously joke that it can be anticipated two paragraphs before it actually appears. And then the "Great Escape" jokes keeps coming through the rest of the chapter - one of which doesn't even make any sense because it mixes up Donald Sinden (who didn't appear in the film) with Donald Pleasance (who did).

Did no one proof-read this?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent New and Original Sci-fi 15 April 2006
This book is an excellent read, both amusing and interesting. It is very similar in style to that of Douglas Adams or an early Terry Pratchet, with fantastically black humour and none stop action. All this combines to produce a book you are unable to put the book down.

A great read, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and witty sf 30 Dec 2006
A highly entertaining first novel written with a sense of humour which often leans in the direction of wit. It involves a discontented vet who is drawn into a struggle of good (our hero and his friends) versus bad of an unusual flavour. I give it 4 rather than 5 stars because there were features of the plot which I was a bit uneasy about, in particular an unnecessary sub-plot near the end (a cliché from the horror genre) which felt as if it was bolted on.

Don't miss a short comparison of ideal automatic doors and those which we encounter in real life.

I look forward to the author's next novel with keen interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Read 23 Mar 2013
This is a very impressive debut novel by an obviously talented and intelligent author. I love this quintessentially British style of humor which oscillates between tongue-in-cheek to downright zany, from witty to just plain bizarre. Which is not to say that it is all for laughs, either. There is a plot and suffice it to say that true to the genre there is a scary threat to the time-space continuum and the future of the world, as we know it, rests in the hands of an unassuming veterinarian who in the course of his regular practice is called out in the dark of night to help assist in the birthing of what turns out to be a very otherworldly-looking calf. Little does he know the adventure he is about to embark upon but luckily for him he has his not-so-bright sidekick and soon crosses paths with a very pretty girl, who along with her good looks is also a genius physicist with the ability to see dead people; skills which will come in very handy indeed when the extent of the threat to the nature of our very existence becomes more evident. You do not need to like science fiction to enjoy this book. A healthy sense of humor and a concern for the future of humanity would suffice:)
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