LEVIATHAN RISING (Pax Britannia) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Jonathan Green is well known for his contribution to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks as well as his novels in Games Workshop's world of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. He is the creator of the world of Pax Britannia. www.paxbritannia.com
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Quicksilver is off on a luxury cruise, but as ever it's not long before he's embroiled in new and exciting shenanigans, this time far from the grimy streets of London.
The book is essentially a three act story; the first part sees Ulysses meeting an array of eccentric characters and investigating a link to dastardly deeds back in the empire. Most of his fellow passengers are interestingly written, and you'll have fun trying to guess what dark secrets they hide.
The middle segment steers us into disaster movie territory, with an obvious debt to the Poseidon Adventure. More action-packed, this sequence grips the attention with its breathless pace.
The final third sees the surviving characters facing threats both external (an armored sea monster intent on their destruction) and internal (a killer in their midst). The pace doesn't let up until the end, and there are plenty of twists both obvious and unexpected.
Overall, a very commendable second effort; throw in a bonus Quicksilver short story and you've got several quality hours of breezy entertainment.
As before the book was well paced and managed to out do Unnatural History in sheer scope, every twist (and the author never seems to walk the plot in a straight line throughout) is topped by a bigger twist with red herrings thrown in only for said redness to be cheap food dye that has washed off by the conclusion of the book. The fore echoing of a major twist whilst allowing the canny reader to gather a sense of what is to come is in no way as anticlimactic as some of the reveals given previously.
The settings visited during the book were massive and fantastical, it was very much like some Hollywood blockbuster with the boat, underwater cities, and massive sea creatures (dinosaur hunting was a brief aside to give context to the scope of the rest of it) so if you want to see the world of Pax Brittania.
However the scope of the story is in some ways a failure when combined with the high octane pace and dizzying turns of the story. The level of detail given in slower passages of the book is more than at the more exciting (and in some ways interesting) sections which leads to the bigger more elaborate pieces often being sold short.
This is typified by the fact that the short novella "Vanishing Point" at the back of the book being a smaller tighter affair in many ways out does the main story as everything is given ample time and space within the plot and it is more satisfying for that.
there's a killer onboard and of course the leviathan waits to attack
Here we have a cocktail of Agatha Christie, Titanic, The Poseidon Adventure, the X Files & dear old Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and with Green's enjoyable pulpy style, it's a good read. There are some references to the previous book as Quicksilver is haunted by the memories of it and he also finds out potentially disturbing facts about his late father Hercules.
There are clues and red herrings a plenty for you to sove the mystery before the reveal.
Not quite as good as Unnatural History but certainly not far behind.
As a bonus we have long short story/novella Vanishing Point where Ulysses must face his lost love and find her vanished father, a scientist with a marvellous invention which went wrong. A good enjoyable read and part of the Pax Britannia canon.
I'm on the 3rd Quicksilver book now, and that's been good so far.
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