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5.0 out of 5 stars Detail adventure and a very good read,
As soon as I started to read "Drift", I couldn't put it down. I found the details of the "White Shadow" Special Forces Group to be very military accurate; they could exist in the real world. The style of writing kept me engrossed in the book for hours. I was impressed by both the detail of military hardware and the description of the scenes within the...
Published on 9 Feb. 2002

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and lacking in depth
A very uninspiring and unsatisfying Doctor Who novel. The writing is flat and tedious. Not a great deal happens apart from a lot of police, military, special services and quasi-terrorists (who all seem to be portrayed much the same) running around after or away from a mysterious entity. There is a distinct lack of atmosphere in a story that should have been laden with...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and lacking in depth, 21 Jun. 2013
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A very uninspiring and unsatisfying Doctor Who novel. The writing is flat and tedious. Not a great deal happens apart from a lot of police, military, special services and quasi-terrorists (who all seem to be portrayed much the same) running around after or away from a mysterious entity. There is a distinct lack of atmosphere in a story that should have been laden with tension and suspense. Furthermore, there are far too many breaks in the text. Rather than increase the pace it breaks the action up too much, ruining any atmosphere and making the storyline seem disjointed.

The book has too many characters that are too similar and the author rarely invests enough time in his characters to allow the reader to form an attachment to them. Thus when they are killed or in jeopardy it is difficult to emphasise or care. The continual breaks in the text prevent the author from focussing enough on any individual character. The entity itself has no character at all and the reveal of two aliens is a completely unsurprising twist lacking any interest or intrigue.

The Doctor and Leela don't really fit in at all. It almost seems as if this book started out life as a separate story which the Doctor and Leela have later been slotted into. The characterisation of the Fourth Doctor is quite off and Leela, although close to her television personification, is almost a completely inconsequential participant in events.

On the plus side, there is probably the essence of a good story here. It probably shouldn't feature the Doctor and needs a much vaster word count to allow the author to invest more in his characters and bring them to live as well as allowing for a more tense and mysterious atmosphere. Done as a longer horror/suspense story it might work well. The novel might also have benefitted more if it featured the Third Doctor and UNIT instead.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detail adventure and a very good read,, 9 Feb. 2002
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As soon as I started to read "Drift", I couldn't put it down. I found the details of the "White Shadow" Special Forces Group to be very military accurate; they could exist in the real world. The style of writing kept me engrossed in the book for hours. I was impressed by both the detail of military hardware and the description of the scenes within the book. Very good book, even if you don't like Doctor Who, it's worth reading from the military aspect of it. I can't wait until the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some of whom we are going to be pleased made it through to the end, 9 July 2014
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I think this is a bold experiment in Doctor Who storytelling. It has the pace of a thriller, building up speed as the book progresses, as a thriller should - a surprisingly successful mixing of genres, I think. It gives us lots of characters, some of whom are going to live, some of whom are going to die in the course of the unfolding story, and some of whom we aren't going to care about but, by the end, some of whom we are going to be pleased made it through to the end. It also gives us a very different kind of alien, one that is as implacable, and as unbeatable as the weather. The characters of the Fourth Doctor and Leela are very well drawn, the Doctor in his most serious, almost sombre cast of mind here, with little time for humour as he battles to understand the mystery of the annihilating power closing in on a small, isolated American town.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable fourth doctor and leela novel, 2 Mar. 2002
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Drift is a reasonably good fourth doctor story which is best read in front of the fire on a cold wintry day. For those who like Leela to be a feisty amazon type the portrayal in this book may seem a little too timid but the book moves along nicely and holds the attention well.
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