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In The Lion's Paw by [Boyle, Ninian]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Length: 386 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: AKH Publishing (2 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00632J5UK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
A brilliant new work of fiction from Ninian Boyle - the premise of this book might just happen next year so read it now so you won't be too surprised when it does.

I love the way the story flits around the planet yet, as an astronomer, Ninian makes it easy for mere mortals to follow the plot despite the complexities of the story playing out across multiple time zones.

The book is both an entertaining romp and an educational tool ... a hard act to pull off without "information dumping" for any author but Ninian manages it masterfully ...
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As a fellow astronomer I actually know Ninian and we have met and talked at Patrick Moore's house. Ninian mentioned his novel on LinkedIn, so intrigued at what he could have written I bought the Kindle edition. Now don't take this the wrong way Ninian - but I wasn't expecting much :) However, it turned out to be an absolutely superb plot and really well put together. I have written 3 non-fiction books and I would really like to write a Science-Fiction book, but I don't think I'm up to it. Ninian is up to it and I hope this is only the first of many to come. Basically a naked eye supernova sets off a chain of events that ripple around the planet. A great piece of work Ninian - and I think the highly accurate sections dealing with the Press and Media can only mean that you have suffered similar personal experiences :) :) Looking forward to the next one!!
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I have to say I was not dissapointed with Ninian's first novel. I found the book to be a good story, very cleverly written jumping through various timezones and with ggod characters throughout. I read the book in 2 sittings (much to the annoyance of my wife!) The story and structure were well crafted and gripping, with a good amount of relevent astronomical information which served to enhance the story rather than make it geeky. A good blend of fact and fiction with well balanced story telling. I can honestly say that this is a book worth reading and I look forward to the next one!
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An excellent read from cover to cover. As I progressed through the story It became clear that this is a scenario that could very well occur. The Supernova exploded 370 years ago! which made me think that the author (Ninian Boyle) has some prophesying talent, a modern day Nostradamus, is he trying to warn us of pending doom - and will I be one of the chosen few!!

Brilliant read, sizzling suspense, dazzling story. I highly recommend you read this.

Richard Judd (President Hampshire Astronomical Group - Clanfield Observatory)
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I read this book because it was recommended to me by a friend. The premise sounded hopeful but I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the promise. I needn't have worried. The author is an astronomer (reasonably famous too according to his bio). As the starting point for the story is an astronomical event of earth-shattering proportions (well not exactly earth-shattering, more star-shattering) it's hardly surprising that the detail included, not just in terms of the science involved but also the mechanics of how observations are made and confirmed and disseminated to the world, makes the story credible. Where this diverges from most other Apocalyptic stories is that what follows from the initial discovery is also entirely politically plausible and doesn't descend into the usual realms of superstition or pseudo-science.

The combination of end-of-time fanatics latching onto a cosmological event, politicians over-reacting, media organisations competing for primacy (never mind the facts), law enforcement being stretched and, for once, the not-so-fanatical religious establishment behaving reasonably sensibly, inexorably leads us through a countdown to the end of the year (or will it be the end of days?) The action happens in parallel all over the world, separate strands yet ultimately interconnected; each inevitable step towards the deadline directed by global media yet with personal triumphs and tragedies that make the story come alive before your eyes. These are characters you will care about, the outcome is one you must care about. Once you start reading this story you will be swept along through a tumultuous week in these characters' lives, in the whole world's population's lives.
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This is a great story that has pace and kept me going back for more. The plot is cleverly woven with suspense, intrigue, humour and poetic observations of both nature and Man. The influence of nature, coupled with scientific knowledge, is explored in the revelation of an unexpected and timely Supernova Star. Its subsequent impact on religious, political, legal and cultural groups, as well as personal lives, is well portrayed. Insights into the perspectives of these differing groups are explored alongside the influences and powers of a press reporting the incident from a somewhat crippled perspective. The crafting is both plausible and fantastical, revealing the somewhat tenuous thread that Man holds over the circumstances of his existence and fate. For a light and entertaining read, with much food for serious thought, I would recommend this book to all.
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