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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.
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
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