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Deceit (New Doctor Who Adventures) Paperback – 15 Apr 1993

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Mti edition (15 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203872
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Features the Doctor from the BBC TV series "Doctor Who". In the aftermath of the Dalek Wars, Earth's Office of External Operations is trying to extend its influence. The TARDIS has been unstable for a long time and now the Doctor and Bernice have run into Earth's External Operations unit.

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In a mixed collection ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous this New Adventures novel has to rank down there with the latter. Do not be deceived by the intriguing cover artwork; this book stinks. Darvill-Evans has a history of writing fantasy gamebooks and this is evident here; when faced with the challenge of creating a coherent and cohesive narrative he is found wanting; badly.
Since departing the TARDIS with extreme animosity after the death of her lover Jan on the planet 'Heaven', caused in Ace's opinion by the actions of The Doctor, Ace has joined an elite fighting force in which she can utilise her considerable skill at handling explosives. The force's latest mission brings her back into contact with her ex-companions on the troubled planet 'Arcadia'.
Darvill-Evans has produced an inconsistent novel; part sci-fi encrusted nonsense, part thought-provoking nonsense and the former is in the ascendence. The problem really lies with the fact that 'Deceit' seems to have no purpose, our heroes meander through yet another mysterious set of circumstances and bicker along the way. That really is all there is to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9ebb34) out of 5 stars The Exception that Proves the Rule 11 Nov. 2002
By Jason A. Miller - Published on
"Deceit" is a pretty dull book. It's one of the longer New Adventures, checking in at over 300 pages. Although the book has been out for nearly a decade now, it's still more noteworthy among book fans for editor-author Peter Darvill-Evans's afterword, in which the clear directive of the NAs is spelled out to fans for the first time. When the best thing you can say about a book relates to its afterword, usually it's time to go home...
However, once you get over the fact that the story is pretty standard, and that the TARDIS doesn't even make it to the planet Arcadia until page 100, and that the Doctor and his two companions are separated for the entire book until the very last minute...well, you begin to appreciate in retrospect just why the NAs were so good.
"Deceit" takes place in roughly the year 2453, three calendar years after the seminal "Love & War". Within "Deceit"'s 300-odd pages, we see clearly the entire vision of future history, as the NA universe understands it. All the tiny little hints and elements carefully placed during the first two years of the NA's publication, come to fruition here. A textbook-style appendix, if you read it, makes things even more clear. A lot of thought went into planning the NAs and turning them into a coherent universe of novels, rather than just a random set of monthly TV tie-in publications. This is, to be honest, a stunning feat.
"Deceit"'s internal pacing is what turns the book into an also-ran. The Doctor should ideally be the star of "Doctor Who", but in "Deceit" he doesn't have a line of dialogue until page 81. There are no scenes told from his standpoint, and the way we see him through other characters' eyes is far from flattering. The return of Ace, absent for the previous three books, is more disturbing than rousing. Benny, as ever, is all over the map. One particular supporting characters are dragged across an entire book with nothing to say, and then, when it's all over, her fate is left rather up in the air. Yes. Thank you.
But, turning again to the Darvill-Evans afterword, even here you can see that the author learned from his own mistakes, and fewer and fewer books after "Deceit" would make them. "Deceit" may not bear re-reading, but its impact on the next 5 years of "Doctor Who" books was very positive indeed
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9e2f0c) out of 5 stars The Agony of DECEIT 24 May 2002
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on
The cover of DECEIT is one of my favorite Doctor Who images of all time. Giant Rocks About To Sneeze; you can't beat that.
The book begins slowly, and the quiet opening sections had me fooled into thinking this was going to be an absolutely brilliant story. There are nice quiet little character moments that hint at a story written with a lot of care. There are instances of surreal insanity that actually work. Several plot lines are developed at once, and each one manages to be both interesting and engaging. Parts of the narrative seem slightly confusing at first glance, but careful reading reveals a fairly complicated story apparently being built up.
A large and pointless action/battle sequence at about the halfway mark signals the beginning of the book's dive into tedium. It's dull, it's overly macho, it seems unending, and, unfortunately, it sets the tone for the rest. At some point along the line, everything that had been carefully developed was thrown aside in favor of senseless and dull action scenes. Writing a captivating battle sequence takes a lot of skill; one can't simply have a list of things that exploded and expect the audience to stay interested. Regrettably, PDE's writing simply isn't up to the level needed to keep the reader's attention.
While the beginning of the book showed promise, this isn't a New Adventure that I can recommend. It has several good moments in it though, and if you skip ahead during the gunfights, then the book may just be about worth it. However, reading DECEIT in its entirety will almost make you forget about the good stuff that was buried in among the nonsense. Read it to see what happens to Ace, but don't be afraid to skip ahead during the fights; you won't be missing out on anything.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9e2edc) out of 5 stars Maybe short stories would be better? 22 July 2007
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
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It is the middle of the 25th century and the Dalek war, the latest one, is drawing to an untidy close. Earth is now trying to extend its power over the corporations that have controlled human space since man first started to colonize the stars. Among one of these expeditions, to take over the planet Arcadia, is an explosives expert called Ace. And the adventure begins.
The book is a full length novel, but feels like a role playing game, with all the extra layers that a Game Master likes to splash on. An alien planet, twisted plots, mysteries within mysteries and a backwards civilization. What ARE they trying to do on Arcadia? Why collect the minds of the people? Why would Earth send along a Dalek Hunter called Daak, with his chain saw swords, if there were no Daleks? Why did the Doctor show up and why won't he listen to Ace? It never seems to be completely explained and in the end there is a feeling of emptiness.
I'm not sure, but I don't think Doctor Who works as a full length novel. It gives you too much time to start to nitpick at the details and flaws.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9ebb7c) out of 5 stars A generic adventure for the Doctor... 2 Jun. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Ace has been away from the TARDIS for three years when events and time conspire to make her desire to return to the Doctor. Using a piece of technology, she links to the TARDIS, but one much changed from her time there: the Doctor has lost his memory and Benny is in hiding for her own safety...
This book is a bit of a worry. It's purpose appears to simply be to return Ace to the TARDIS crew and to tell a mildly Dalek-related story (odd, since Virgin didn't have the rights to use the Daleks in their books...). It also features Absolom Daak, a charcter from the Doctor Who comic series, who is a Dalek Killer!
Despite all these Dalek-related issues, the story has little to do with them. Instead we are served up what amounts to a generic Who opponent, who is defeated in a generic Who way.
A lack of true creativity dooms this book to being, at best, a second-string novel in the long line.
HASH(0x9d9f42e8) out of 5 stars A bit of a mess 25 May 2001
By M. Konczewski - Published on
The Virgin Doctor Who novels allowed the writers to do something that couldn't be done on TV--they could bring back old companions. This is mixed blessing; on the one hand, it's great to see Ace, on the other, Ace is now a jerk! I know she was upset at the Doctor at the end of her last appearance, but that doesn't make it any more appealing.
The other problem with this novel is it's vagueness. The Doctor et al land on your typical generic planet, with typical generic people. Nothing about the setting is terribly interesting. While it does turn out there's something significant about this, it doesn't really make this a very gripping read. The reuse of the maze scene from "Horns of Nimon" is a bad idea.
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