This review is from: Doctor Who: Storm Harvest (Mass Market Paperback)
The partnership that wrote two very enjoyable Seventh Doctor and Ace novels takes a dip in form with this all guns blazing Aliens v Predator type. The Black Horse series that this book tries to emulate had the vivid images, sounds and tensions evoked by the films to colour the readers imaginations both in comic form and and the novelisations. Storm Harvest has none of that to fall back on and despite Mike Tucker's model of the Krill it's very hard to touch readers fear nerves without actually being able to visualize these monsters. Fear and the sense of threat was and still is the staple ingredient of any Black Horse offering. Storm Harvest doesn't have it.
The opening few chapters remind me a little of Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth series and indeed the authors drop in a throw-away line mentioning the word Cachalot which was a book from that series set on an ocean world. It's much lighter than the other two books from Tucker and Perry with quite a few amusing lulls in the action. A cigar chomping dolphin just has to make you smile.
Strange how the book tries to put a few years onto Ace whilst attempting the world record for the number of times she says "Wicked!" in one novel.
It's a book that is better than quite a bit of the competition but doesn't match up to the standard the two authors had previously set.