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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Publishing; 1st edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957081154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957081154
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,537,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Eastwood is a hard working grad student whose intensive research is causing sleepless nights and threatening his love life. As the pressure on him mounts, events around him begin to change. Just as he starts to question his own sanity, he discovers the world is a far stranger place than he ever imagined and that he has a special role to play in it. As he unveils the truth and accepts his new reality, Jack is drawn into a desperate bid to save London from an ancient evil reinvented in an age of technology and social media; to protect the city from its one true weakness - itself. The Colour of London drags the concepts of good and evil (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. Human nature and the ease with which we can be manipulated in a fast paced world are explored in this breathtaking tale of love, loss and redemption.

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By J. Blackford on 21 April 2012
Format: Paperback
The Colour of London, written by debut novelist Piers Treacher, is an enjoyable and easy read. Easy, I hasten to add, does not mean lacking in plot or thought provoking ideas; just that the story moves forward at a good pace and is well written. The characters are well drawn and easily visualised, which made me care about their futures.

The central character, Jack Eastwood, is a grad student working on a physics experiment which is currently occupying all his time. Lacking in sleep and finding little time to focus on his relationship with girlfriend, Mandy, Jack is introduced to us as an overtired but hard working fellow. His normal, dull and routine-filled life however, is smacked into a new reality where enlightenment, discovery and hidden peril take over. Jack has been 'awakened' and, along with some other highly likeable characters with similar 'gifts', he must save London from the evil waiting to be released by the dark and intimidating Avaro, who moves through the pages with an acid force.

There is something engaging about the way Treacher uses a recognisable format and the basic premise of good versus evil to pull the reader comfortably into the science fiction. And by embedding the story in modern day London the plot is accessible to readers who might ordinarily avoid books that lean in that direction. In fact, the book takes an interesting look at modern society, with its reliance on social media and celebrity. Treacher also looks at how human behaviour can be influenced by fear and mass fervor. Yet, despite these less than cheerful themes and some moments of sadness, Treacher manages to write with a light and welcome humour which keeps the story moving.
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An excellent read and unlike a lot of sci fi / fantasy comes as a standalone book rather than a trilogy which makes a nice change.

After a slowish start setting the scene, the story moves along at a good pace and the characters/dialogue are all well drawn and believable.

The story itself is a twist on the classic 'good guy overcoming evil magic dude' in that a lot of the 'magic type' stuff isn't magic at all but the clever use of social media and a gaming app to bring out the worst in people and create widespread panic/rioting aka the riots seen in London last year. I think this is what makes the book such an easy read and also much more accessible to those who wouldn't normally buy a book in this genre.

I was hooked after the first fifty pages and would definitely put this book up there in my top hundred (and I've read a lot of books :-)).
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This book is well written and a page-turner from the beginning. The strong narative and attention to detail are great. At the beginning these are used to keep you intruigued whilst also keeping you guessing as to which way the story will unravel, and are used later on to add to the depth and pace of the novel. The author clearly has a love for London and uses this to draw you in to the very real world of the city, a technique which also helps to draw the parrallels betweent the themes in the book and our modern everyday lives. A few familiar references are drawn upon with fresh new twists and this results in an enjoyable fantasy thriller that will leave you with a few things to ponder once you reach the end.
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By GM Sayer on 12 Sept. 2012
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A confession; I've met the author and shared a couple of drinks with him whilst the book was being planned. I was therefore very interested to know how the novel would turn out. And I wasn't disappointed.
The book starts out with a detailed introduction into the main players and you can tell the more technical aspects of the story had been well researched. And as the title suggests the story unfolds in London and the city is described in such detail that it feels like it's own character.
For me, I would have liked more of Av as I was enjoying the mischief he was causing.
The story itself is easy to relate to and even makes you think a little about yourself and what you would look like through the eyes of the hero.
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