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Not Really a Coup,
This review is from: Doctor Who : " Revolution Man " (Mass Market Paperback)
In a show that often has aliens as the enemy it is good to read a book were man is the culprit - or is he? It's the late 60s and the summer of love has brought with it a suave of new drugs. What would happen if a drug like LCD got onto the market that would make your visions real? It seems that this may be happening as The Doctor, Sam and Fitz arrive on Earth to find that someone called the Revolution Man is using telekinetic powers to cause anarchy. Can the Doctor and his companions stop the Revolution Man before he brings about WW3 and alters Earth's timeline forever?
'The Revolution Man' is a flawed book with a very interesting concept. Large chunks of the book are a little confusing as author Paul Leonard tries to describe the sensations of a drug trip. Despite the muddled writing the actual concept is great. The idea of men being Gods is always interesting and shows that people can be as damaging as any alien. I also liked the structure of the book. Set in three parts over the late 60s and early 70s the book messes with the narrative of the characters. Fitz in particular grows as a character as whilst the Doctor and Sam zip forward in time to the next event, he is left to live in real time. Therefore, the Fitz that Sam knew at the start of the book is changed by the end. I liked this idea as it was a very efficient way of developing experience and depth to an otherwise shallow character.
As a slice of pure science fiction Leonard's jumbled writing style means that 'Revolution Man' is never better than average. However, the interesting concept and different narrative structure made it a worthwhile read.