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I won't go in to the story itself as half the enjoyment for me was 'watching' it all unfold in my mind's eye; the writing style easily conjures the images as scenes from a movie and lets them play out while subconsciously reading the text on the page and toying with the implications of what is revealed as it is progressing.
Eagerly waiting Book Two.
The fairly high body count and firefight set pieces reminded me a little of Stephen Leather's books (that's a good thing). The references to tachyons and “EM pulses” are nods towards the author's acknowledged Star Trek fandom.
If I had a minor criticism it would be that I'd have liked to have learned more about Merrick's back story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Matt Gemmell's first novel delivers on all fronts. It's perfectly written and captivating - It was hard to put it down in the middle of the night - and so I read it in only two days.
I can't wait to read a sequel. The book is a real bargain for it's incredible price. I would have paid five times as much easily. I truly hope that it will be turned into a movie someday, so that Matt earns the money that he deserves for this masterpiece.
I will definitely read it again - and any sequel that Matt envisions. You should too! You will not be disappointed.
The premise of the story is wonderful and the writing throughout is very good, with some real flashes of genius in places. I'm normally one to skim and speed read over long descriptive passages in action thrillers as padding, just wanting to save time and find out what happens next, but there's none of that here. Not a word is wasted and the pacing is superb.
In fact I was often struck by just how vivid and palpable the action was, as if watching a movie in a very good cinema. The images and sounds just come effortlessly to your mind as you read. When you consider that many of the events being described are almost impossible to imagine, it is really quite a trick to make them so easily imagined. A bit like when a magician not only names your card but produces your watch from behind your ear, you're left impressed but still not quite sure how it was done.
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