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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book; Thriller with a difference, 26 Dec 2012
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This is an easy pageturning read, anyone who likes thrillers will love it, it's kind of somewhere between Lee Child's Jack Reacher series and Dan Brown's blockbuster-style novels, with a bit of Grisham thrown in...hero Jim is likable and unassuming, although my favourite character is definitely the butler Stafford.
Most fascinating and interesting is the rather freaky issues this book throws up - overpopulation and the potential for Genetic modification to go wrong being the main two - scary stuff, in a different way to the murderous scary, which you will also encounter in this book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller with some real thought provokers within, 14 Feb 2013
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The First Horseman is a linear thriller which is engaging from first page to last.

The central character is a curious mix of action man and a city trader - no coincidence that the author is a city commentator & chartist. The city background isn't terribly relevant to this book, other than explaining his background wealth (this is the first of the series that I have read so it may be more important in preceding books) but it has certainly encouraged me to refresh my knowledge on the dark art of charting.

Whilst the plot itself contains little new, when we get inside the mind of the characters there emerge some fascinating, and controversial thoughts on subjects such as the unintended consequences of charity, population control, man-made global warming and whether the planet can sustain the growth of mankind. It's this intelligent and challenging sub-text that sets this book out from others of the genre.

This is an easy read. You won't find any great surprises or multi-layered twists & turns but it is well written and the perfect escape when an engaging but relaxing read is required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rising Star of Thriller writing, 26 Dec 2012
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Clem Chambers' fourth novel is fast paced and thought provoking. With a classic, 'evil professor' character hell bent on living forever, whilst destroying half the world, the book could come across as cheesy (particularly when you consier other characters include a murderous lab assistant and an English butler) but it works. Haven't read the others but keen to now
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to the series, 27 Nov 2012
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My usual tastes are Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, and Terry Pratchett so any novel that can combine thriller, crime, horror, and a dash of black humour is going to be a hit.

I've enjoyed Chambers' 3 previous novels in the Jim Evans series (The Armageddon Trade, The Twain Maxim, and Kusanagi) and this one doesn't disappoint. Most of the recurring characters are back with one exception (I won't spoil it but a twist leaves it open for book 5) and the story sets off at a cracking pace as usual.

He does a great job of balancing enough detail to create a vivid mental picture whilst keeping the story galloping along. The book's nemesis conjures up images of a looming Christopher Lee while his deranged assistant has your skin crawling. The dichotomy between the elixir of life and the unleashing of the apocalypse hurtle towards a final showdown and Jim once again finds himself an unlikely hero.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, 4 Dec 2013
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Good storyline with some nice twists. Who wants to live forever?? The way it ends leaves it open for a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking Ride Through A Chamber of Horrors, 17 Nov 2012
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Think about your worst nightmare -- hairless rats, plague-carrying mosquitoes, a maniacal madman chasing you through a dank dark maze. This book has it. But it also has a wicked sense of humor and heart at the middle, thanks to a deft touch with our protagonist, a clever Cockney lad with a couple billion dollars between him and utter boredom. Or certain death. If you're looking for wham-bam with enough science to scare a rational person, this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Aug 2014
Interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars good fun, 17 July 2014
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enjoyable series
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