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on 4 July 2014
A new Elite novel, part of several to be released alongside an update to the seminal space game of 1984.
This book is action-packed. Seriously. It is relentless. It starts with an action scene, and travels from that to another, to another, and won’t stop. Like a Bond film it has plenty of locations. Unlike a Bond film it does not have stereotypical female characters. The lead female is a proper, fully formed character sort-of in the Buffy mode. Sure she’s strong physically, but also of character and mentally. A trap many authors fall into is to think a “strong” female is either a man with different physical attributes, or a woman who knows kung-fu. Gunn is a proper character, one who develops and on whom the reader has a shifting opinion.
The relentless action can mean a bit of re-reading to understand just whose side people were on, and also to take in who died. Death is frequent, often brutal, and usually sudden. There are precious few long “last wishes” speeches even from central characters, they either die in the text or are reported dead by other characters. In the Elite universe there is no respect for character shields.
Without giving too much away, even the ending is not what one would expect from a male and female lead.
Well worth the admission, and don’t forget 10% of it goes to a worthy charitable cause.