I've just finished reading Infinity Bridge by Ross M Kitson and wow - what a ride! Primarily science fiction, this red-hot scorcher of a novel also has clever touches of fantasy, with modern day Knights of the Round Table, coordinated by a computer icon called Merlin.
This writer did, what only a handful of novelists have achieved, and made me read, read, read, until I reached the finale. The characters: Sam, Nick, Annie, Gaynor, Albert, and Rob, are truly three dimensional - totally believable.
Mr Kitson's powers of description are phenomenal, placing the reader smack bang in the middle of the action:
`Annie, come on!' Sam yelled. He could see Annie heading toward Armitage.
Her eyes glittered with anger, but she turned to follow. Sam's boot caught the edge of one of the smart-phones on the floor. He grabbed it and hurtled into the corridor with Nick and Annie.
Ben's pistol flared as he walked back. The kick of the gun sent the bullets into the room randomly. Flashes of sparks and shattering glass were audible.
A glare of green light erupted on the far side of the club. The two androids had shot down the side door.
`Behind the bar,' Annie yelled as the four ran. They scrabbled for cover as two
green beams hissed overhead and struck a table and chairs in an explosion of green fire.
I read this book so quickly, it made my head spin. Yes, there is room for minor improvements, such as eradicating repetition and not using the characters' names over and over in close proximity, but, as I said, these are just nitpicks and fade into obscurity, given the overall exquisite crafting of this novel.