A. J Thompson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (268 of 308)
Location: Western Australia
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 91,245 - Total Helpful Votes: 268 of 308
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
That happy part of a successful space mission where you pack up all your stuff and salute Mars as it recedes in your rear vision mirror sadly doesn't eventuate for spaceman Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN. An incident during the latter stages of his crew's mission sparks a hasty exodus for everyone else and a long cold solo stay on Mars for the mission's botanist and engineer who is left behind, presumed dead. Not being quite ready to embrace the title of "First Man to Die on Mars", Watney commences his travel diary and brutally assesses his chances of survival. They are pretty crap as it turns out but that won't keep a determined survivalist down.

Back at N.A.S.A satellite… Read more
Falling by Emma Kavanagh
Falling by Emma Kavanagh
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not just another routine flight. Cecelia the flight attendant is leaving her family behind. Freya's father does not survive the plane crash. Tom's family is crumbling and he has a new murder to solve. Jim is frantic for his ex-colleagues in the force to take him seriously and look for his missing daughter.

Just in case this was your expectation, FALLING is not a novel that details the gory aftermath of a plane crash; the crash itself is painted with minimal brushstrokes and the story has little to offer up about the mechanics of what might cause a huge aircraft to fall out of the sky. What this book is details is the meshing stories of those who lost someone or something of… Read more
The Brush-Off (A Murray Whelan mystery) by Shane Maloney
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The things a ministerial assistant must do. Murray Whelan's exact job title and the details of his expected duties have never been fully explained but they certainly call for a deft kind of versatility in adapting to all possible situations a Labor party man might find himself inserted into. In yet another show of party shuffling, Murray's boss Angelo Agnelli has picked up the Arts portfolio, and Agnelli's need to endear himself to a new brand of people has now become Murray's personal headache. With suitable gothic dramatism, a failed artist has chosen the first day of Agnelli's new reign to off himself in the moat of an arts building, leaving behind a likewise dramatically worded… Read more