- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3029 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books of the Dead Press (11 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TO6GLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Berserk Kindle Edition
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Tom and his wife Jo are still mourning the death of their son Stephen some ten years after he was killed in a tragic accident while on training manoeuvres with his army unit. One night down the local pub Tom overhears a couple of blokes talking about the place( Porton Down) where his son was killed . One of them mentions monsters. Putting aside the extraordinary coincidence Tom badgers one of the men for more information and it soon becomes clear that there was some sort of cover up and the death of his son wasn't as he's been led to believe. A map leads him to a location on the army training ground where his son died but what he finds is gruesome and unbelievable . But the authorities don't want what happened at Porton Down to become public knowledge and someone is on Tom's trail and determined to stop him even if it means using deadly force.
I liked the idea of a military experiment gone wrong as the basis of this story but the plot relies too much on happenstance and has gaping logical holes. The Berserkers of the title are given no back story to explain their genesis and their curious mixture of zombie, werewolf and vampire is muddled and fatally not at all scary or even creepy. We are led to believe Tom loves his wife with a real passion but when she is killed he barely gives her a second thought . The demise of his son is dealt with in a rather cursory manner too. The plot is intriguing to start with but quickly descends into one extended chase scene .And though Lebbon can write - he has a nice poetic turn of phrase - he has a tendency to over write internalised exposition (Like Stephen King) to the detriment of the story .
Berserk is recommended on Amazon as a tie in with zombie fiction , yet it has nothing to do with that genre alas. This is a confused book. Part thriller and part horror that doesn't excel at either . It came across to me as all rather silly .Tim Lebbon is a more than capable writer but the fact remains that Berserk whatever genre you lump it in just isn't a very good work of fiction.
Berserk, by Tim Lebbon, is a well crafted novel that--for the most part--thunders along at a good pace. The main characters in the novel, Tom and the man out to kill him and the berserkers, Cole, are well developed and likeable: yes even the murderous Cole has qualities the reader will latch on to. Natasha, the girl berserker unearthed by Tom on Porton Down, is mysterious and even though we get to know her through her interaction with both Tom and Cole--usually by telekinetic means--the reader will never get to understand what she, and those of her kin, really are. And this is one of the biggest disappointments with Berserk. As "monsters" the berserkers are not really that horrific, but the fact that their true ancestry and lineage (what are they? Zombies, or werewolves, or vampires, or perhaps a mixture of all three) is never revealed to the reader and this means one can't really identify with them as characters.
There is a reasonable amount of repetition, unfortunately, with thought processes and musings of both Tom and Cole seemingly on a steady cycle of rinse and repeat for most of the book. Cole is a tough dude, as you'd expect from someone in the army, but just how much can one man take? Iron chains dropped on his head, at least two car crashes, run down by a BMW once, sleepless nights and the mental invasion of a berserker girl to drive him insane. It just felt a bit much at times.
Yet through all that negativity, the book stands out as one that is well written and fast-paced enough to pull the reader along regardless right until the end--which, to be honest, happens too quickly--not too soon but just too abruptly. Worth a read? Yeah, sure, I recommend it.
A fast-paced thriller. Worth a read.
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