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Infinity Bridge (The Nu-Knights) Paperback – 12 Dec 2012
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About the Author
Ross M Kitson works as an anaesthetist and specialist in Intensive Care in the UK. His published work includes an epic fantasy series, Darkness Rising, and contributions to fantasy and steampunk anthologies. When not scribbling bizarre ideas for stories he spends his time with his energetic and fabulous family.
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This writer did, what only a handful of novelists have achieved, and made me read, read, read, until I reached the finale. The characters: Sam, Nick, Annie, Gaynor, Albert, and Rob, are truly three dimensional - totally believable.
Mr Kitson's powers of description are phenomenal, placing the reader smack bang in the middle of the action:
`Annie, come on!' Sam yelled. He could see Annie heading toward Armitage.
Her eyes glittered with anger, but she turned to follow. Sam's boot caught the edge of one of the smart-phones on the floor. He grabbed it and hurtled into the corridor with Nick and Annie.
Ben's pistol flared as he walked back. The kick of the gun sent the bullets into the room randomly. Flashes of sparks and shattering glass were audible.
A glare of green light erupted on the far side of the club. The two androids had shot down the side door.
`Behind the bar,' Annie yelled as the four ran. They scrabbled for cover as two
green beams hissed overhead and struck a table and chairs in an explosion of green fire.
I read this book so quickly, it made my head spin. Yes, there is room for minor improvements, such as eradicating repetition and not using the characters' names over and over in close proximity, but, as I said, these are just nitpicks and fade into obscurity, given the overall exquisite crafting of this novel.
What an adventure! With great characters and an amazingly action-packed plot, this steampunk adventure has all the elements for success. It combines modern day technology with that from the Victorian era with effortless aplomb, tackles issues of mental instability, and even has a modern-day Knights of the Round Table and Merlin.
The quirky characters are relatable and likeable, and you begin to care about their quest to save the Infinity Bridge from falling into the wrong hands and saving our world from destruction at the hands of The Hidden. Sam and Ben's gifts are believable and well- constructed, and I liked the angst Sam feels at his brother's so-called mental illness. Both of their characters are incredibly well thought out. I also enjoyed the interaction between Nick and his Mother, who is quite a colourful person.
The action scenes are descriptive and draw you in to the extent you could easily believe you were witnessing them first-hand. The technology is well thought out and expertly applied throughout the story. Kitson makes you believe in all the possibilities contained in the story as he transports you to alternative realities and explores how easy it would be for our world to be infiltrated without our knowledge.
This is a well written and captivating adventure for YA and adult and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
So, what did I think of Steampunk? Well, once I'd caught my breath from all the edge-of-your-seat adventure, I must say, I think this is a genre I will be devouring at a rapid pace now I have discovered it.
Ross Kitson has thrown four teenagers together into a story that opens with action and doesn't stop until the very end. Sam sees monsters and hides behind a tough exterior rather than admit it. Nick is your classic geek. Annie is what happens when the Amish are trained as ninjas and Ben did own up to seeing monsters and ended up in a mental facility.
In to the mix you need to add some hard to kill androids and a couple of time rifts. Oh, and the Infinity Bridge - which is what everyone wants. Only problem is, if the androids get to it first, the human race is doomed.
There is also poor Merlin who is trapped inside a smartphone-like device. When this character was first introduced, I was so excited! Anyone who knows me, knows that The Ancient Future by Traci Harding is one of my favourite books of all time. Here, in Kitson's book, we have another example of the alternate history genre that I truly adore.
After reading this book, I can't wait to start on Ross Kitson's Darkness Rising series.
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