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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Criticisms? As others have said, the character development could have been stronger. (Even Evil Villains have backstories, and must have once been Cooing Babies, so what happened in between?) Ironically, it's easier to do scene-setting in a concrete car park at night than in a museum in Holland during daytime. But this is just practice. Gemmell has made a great start: if you enjoy action thrillers, this is one for you.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been a keen reader of Matt Gemmell's work for a while, in the technology sector - so was unsure how fiction would work but it's truly top drawer and you know you are reading the musings of an incredibly creative mind.
From the prologue, all the way through to the closing scenes, there is a pace that you could almost describe as relentless. We're introduced to some great characters and it's going to be so interesting to see how this series develops as the authors writing develops.
Can't wait for Book 2
I felt the sense of unease early in the book, as the situation developed, until about a third of the way through, when I really did stop in my tracks. It's rare that a novel can produce such an OMG moment for me. This book really drew me in and kept me reading. I look forward to subsequent Kestrel adventures.
I especially liked the idea to locate such a thriller in Europe and having a secret EU special forces. Looking back especially the prologue is a real master piece because it already foreshadows the supernatural elements although you don't realize it then much later into the story.
I'm really looking forward on the development of the "Kestrel" team in future novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this debut novel! There's just enough hints throughout the book to get you guessing at what is really going on, great for those who like their books as delightful puzzles... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Eriolfox
I don't tend to post many reviews, but this book was great and was difficult to put down. It started off slow, but the pieces started falling into place later in the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Digitales
Brilliant read! Well paced and gripping thriller that you won't be able to put down. Interesting plot that keeps you guessing the whole way through. Would definitely recommend!Published 4 months ago by Bill
Matt Gemmell's debut novel is excellent. For those with a real thirst for adventure, this well-plotted and faced-paced book has excellent depth and truly memorable characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Inman
An absolute barn stormer of a book. It normally takes me a while to get through a book but I just couldn't couldn't put this down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NSS Kimmett
Excellent debut novel from Matt Gemmell. Great introduction to the KESTREL team, looking forward to future adventures.Published 5 months ago by W. J. Sangster
Fantastic! Reads like a modern day Fred Hoyle combined with Stieg Larsson-level suspense. More please.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent, rollicking story. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the setting and loved the pace. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ed
I've been meaning to get back into reading for some time now, I've started and then not finished various books. CHANGER though, I could not put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark S.