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This review is from: Tigerman (Kindle Edition)
Lester Ferris is a man without ties. He is the British presence on the doomed island of Mancreu. Surrounded by a fleet of ships that he can’t touch, threatened by ecological disaster he can’t stop and walking the line between the different factions without being able to take a side Ferris is a man without a mission. However, his burgeoning friendship with a young boy and the death of a friend starts the path towards a combustible end which the island seems pre-destined to fall. This is the story of a man who discovers that he wants to be needed by more than queen and country.
The third novel by Harkaway has the usual mix of the funny, ridiculous and manic circumstances and is populated by a supporting cast of characters who, as ever, have varying motivations. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of those and all the characters. However, the way in which Harkaway keeps the momentum driving forward towards the various set pieces is a delight. The main character is a great focal point of the story and his is a tale well told in a believably bizarre world. This is the story of what it is to be a hero and a parent and how those things are never quite as you would expect them to be.
What makes Harkaway’s novels so endearing is that they have a real resonance. You connect with the characters and feel their circumstances and pain. Ferris is a great focus and his story resonates with you and makes you understand his dilemma’s and fear for his decisions. The inventiveness of Harkaway is equal to his previous novels here and it is a fitting follow up to Angelmaker. The mix of a surreal situation, strong set pieces and invention means that this is a book to recommend.