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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190751953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907519536
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home down a quiet cul-de-sac in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village, which he shares with his partner Helen and their pets. Ian's love of science fiction began while still at school, manifesting when he produced an SF murder mystery as homework after being set the essay title "The Language of Shakespeare", much to the bemusement of his English teacher. Ian also represented his school at various sports, including football, squash, and table tennis, whilst swimming saw him perform for both school and the county of Hertfordshire! Such athletic feats are now ancient history. These days he exercises only his mind and his imagination (and, occasionally, a cocker spaniel called Honey).

In 2006 Ian launched independent publisher NewCon Press, quite by accident (buy him a pint sometime and he'll tell you about it). That same year he also resumed submitting short stories, and has now seen some 40 appear in different venues. He is currently the chairman of the British Science Fiction Association and co-organiser of the Newcon conventions in Northampton.

Ian also likes to write books, and has two novel sequences ongoing, the 'Noise' books (space opera) via Solaris, and the 'City of 100 Rows' series (urban fantasy with steampunk and SF overtones) through Angry Robot. Anxious not to have too much spare time on his hands, Ian started writing a new series of books, provisionally titled 'Drake's Dark Destiny', towards the end of 2010... So watch this space!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 25 May 2011
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I'm always slightly dubious of reading books which do not have a hardback release - not because I love the world's least convenient book format, but because if something goes straight to paperback it raises doubts about the quality of the work within.

Ian Whates' first book in the Noise series (The Noise Within: 1) was an engaging read that set up his universe well, and had a level of tension that kept you reading.

The Noise Revealed is the follow up to that book, and features many of the characters we met there. New concepts have been introduced - virtual worlds, post-humans etc and these form the basis of the plot. As the other reviewer says, Whates is an acquired taste, and if you were drawn to the first book by Stephen Baxter's quote do not make the mistake of thinking the hard sci-fi he writes is replicated here - scientific explanation is relegated to the odd reference to zero point units, energy veils and computer viruses.

The plot moves along nicely for the first two thirds of the book and actually makes you think that this could very well turn into a trilogy, as there are enough areas to explore in the universe he has created. Sadly Whates seems to lose interest in the story he is telling towards the end - having built tension and intrigue, he throws it all away in what feels like a rush job to finish the book to deadline. What were major plot points are resolved in a paragraph, and what is clearly supposed to be an unexpected twist can be spotted a mile away. For all this brevity in narrative, there are some sections which seem completely redundant, such as a 4 page section describing someone eating a meal.
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One of the things that I love about sci-fi is that you can never, ever be sure that someone is dead, even if they are shot through the head. When one of the leading characters in this book betrays the others and shoots one of the other leading characters I'm not ashamed to say it broke my heart. Strangely enough though, it all worked out in the end.

A lot of The Noise Revealed is set in virtually. All the characters and scenes there, with the significant exception of Tanya, were boring and I could never wait to get back to the other thread of the story. Ian Whates clearly knows very little about how computer software actually works, so when he was describing the characters trying track down pieces of code to work out what was happening it rang so untrue that it really irritated me. And when he described how the virus was attacking the software it was worse.

That aside I loved this book even more than the Noise Within. I could really relate to the characters and the way they were feeling and why. There are plenty of twists and surprises that made this a very enjoyable and surprising read. It's an obvious middle book in the middle of a probably trilogy. There are questions from The Noise Within that still go unanswered and even more questions asked. Hopefully Whates is already working on the next book. My advice would be to move a little more out of his comfort zone and really push his imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on 26 Nov. 2011
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Sci Fi, space opera - a pretty good read.

The first of the series was ok - but this makes it better. I feel (hey, what do I know!?) that the 2 would have been better as one long book (Hamilton stylee), but I fully understand why not.

A good read, good plot. The end was a little rushed (hey, compare to Hamilton again though - his endings have been dismal now and then!) - but overall a satisfying read. I'll be buying whatever else Ian writes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2011
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To many, Ian Whates is the archetypal Marmite author, which is to say that you either love him or hate him. Personally I love his writing style, I enjoy the characters and what he does is take me on a journey where survivability can come down to a flip of fates coin. What he does, in this the second Noise novel is carry on building the intricate universe that the series is constructed in, works heavily on character development and also manages to keep the tale light enough so that the reader can enjoy the fast pace alongside prose that he has utilised within.

Finally add to this some reasonable combat sequences, a good sense of pace and the reader will end up with a satisfactory value for money title that will leave them nicely sated by the tales end. Good stuff.
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What a shame. When I read the 'Noise Within' I felt I had found another series in the vein of a Hamilton opera - but it is not to be. Ian Whates clearly chokes at the work involved in spinning out this yarn and wound it up indecently quickly. A quick, shoddy and disappointing ending to what had been a promising start.
Thought I'd found an absorbing series, but after reading this book I realise I need to look for a different author. Shame on you Ian Whates - you have some talent, but not the professionalism that paying customers will expect to repeat their purchases of your work.
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