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Primeval: Fire and Water (Primeval) Hardcover – 27 Apr 2009
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"....an enjoyable romp... This is a novel which will surely please fans of both Savile's writing and Primeval." --Sci-Fi Online"
About the Author
Simon Guerrier is a science fiction writer and dramatist. He is well known for his Dr Who novels, most recently The Pirate Loop, and his work for Big Finish Productions audio drama and book ranges. He has written and edited for their Dr Who, Bernice Summerfield and Sapphire and Steel ranges.
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I'm obviously unaware whether or not having seen the show would have made my understanding of the book better or not, but; I enjoyed it very much just the same. I have found, in the past, with other publications of TV shows, that often; the story reads and feels like a well written piece of fan fiction, and I was half expecting that here. Pleasantly surprised.
The writer clearly knows their craft; well written and carefully structured sentencing without too many (if any) overflows of thought.
After reading this book I'm now definitely going to follow the series and catch what I have missed on re-runs, lets hope the show is just as good.
Abnett has a great grasp of the characters, and writes the action sequences particularly well. All the female characters, including Jenny, Abby and Helen, are well utilised and more than hold their own with their male counterparts. Everyone gets enough to do, and good use is made of their individual expertise. Connor's geekiness and humour is present, but not overdone, and his and Abby's friendship is as well defined here as it is in the show.
And for any Primeval fan surely one of the most important aspects must be that there are dinosaurs, and lots of them. Different types, from carnivores to herbivores, to herds and solitary killers, are well envisaged and used for both drama and education.
Overall if you're a fan of the show I would recommend giving the tie-in novels, and in particular Extinction Event, a read, as they are excellent complements to the show itself.
The plot is very typical of the show although it's obviously quite a bit longer than usual and, without giving too much away, it has the usual dose of spectacular settings, nasty villains, plenty of action and, of course, dinosaurs. Abnett has done a good job of capturing the characters' personalities and traits and for the most part they ring true. Having seen them on TV makes it all the easier to visualise them, and when Connor tries yet another terrible joke you'll find yourself using his voice in your head. It all fits together very well.
As TV tie-ins go, this is a good one and should keep you entertained. The author knows his audience and what they want, and has done an excellent job of delivering it.
The political and mystery elements though push the time anomaly plot almost into the background, so readers expecting the 'chasing dinosaurs' style of the TV show might be a bit surprised.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
It's a dangerous mission and they discover themselves in Siberia, face to face with what the Russians call the Baba Yaga, a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Not only that, but the anomalies appear to be more frequent and open for longer, which allows all sorts of visitors from sixty-five million years ago to enter our time period causing destruction and mayhem along the way. Someone must know the truth about what is happening, but who?
British TV has never had it so good with this science fiction series, with the exception of Dr. Who, of course. So, I was pleased to review this book to see how they compared. It didn't disappoint. The main characters keep true to their TV roles, although I could have done without Helen being in it. She just seemed to be a spare part. It's also a monster of a story, nearly three hundred pages long with very small print, which took some time getting through. Despite this, it's packed with time-travelling dinosaurs, and has a fast-paced, riveting plot that concerns an impact point similar to that of the Tunguska asteroid strike in 1908. I would definitely recommend this to all science fiction fans who should be stampeding towards the shelves for this and the rest in the Primeval series quicker than one can say "Ceratopsian".