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Wonderful Doctor Who, refreshingly unfussy and well crafted,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who: Storm Harvest (Paperback)Sitting down to read the third BBC Doctor Who novel featuring the 7th Doc and Ace and written by Robert Perry and Matt Tucker, I took in a deep breath, and prepared to be disappointed. How could my favourite Doctor Who writing team succeed in producing a third fantastic book? "Illegal Alien" was so well written I finished in one day, then started at the beginning and read it again, and "Matrix" so beautifully poignant and frightening I was thinking about it for months to come. Two very different and very good books seemed unlikely to be succeeded by a third.
I'm delighted to say that all my fears were unnecessary. "Storm Harvest" is a fantastic read, once again different in structure but consistent in style and fitting perfectly with the other novels, and indeed the era on TV.
Ace and the Doc have decided to have a well-earned holiday on the beautiful aqua world of Coralee, when strange creatures in the water wreck a ship to bits and massacre all but one of the crewmembers. Taking the initiative that "something's wrong", the Doc as usual starts "making enquiries" while Ace's interest is caught on one of the young men working on a tourist vessel. Needless to say something is "definitely in the water" as the tourist vessel that Ace boards almost suffers a similar fate to the first ship, and mystery deepens in an underwater excavation...
It is a testament to the authors that even the introductionary chapters depicting Ace and the Doc enjoying the start of their holiday (before the inevitable chaos) were so well written that I didn't want them to end.
So well written are the characters of the 7th Doctor and Ace that the authors' obviously love and so well paced is the adventure that you can picture it all in pin-point detail. Together with some brilliant ideas like talking dolphins who walk in exo-skeletons and animatronic credit cards (ideas that in other author's hands would be incomprehensible) and an ingenious new alien race - The Krill - and you have yourself one hell of a novel.
I look forward to future projects from these authors.