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on 10 November 2010
Typhoon is a ripping thriller exploring betrayal, human struggle, strife and loss, set in a world which, although not quite a dystopia, is well along the way.

For sci-fi, Typhoon is remarkable for not being leaden with hard science. Characters drive the story and they are believeable and human, although there are a few who I would have liked to see fleshed out more.

The author's flair for action is well demonstrated; it's well-paced, never gratuitous or for-the-sake-of-it, and finds its place perfectly within the narrative. Throughout, MCM excels at helping the reader feel along with the protagonists, empathy comes easily. I particularly enjoyed the spaceflights; I think the author has really captured the confusion, wonderment and the danger of Kani's inexperienced jaunts.

The book is fast paced with several characters' stories told in parallel. This format sometimes fails to hold my attention, but the chapters have just the right length and timing to keep me reading. MCM has really good command of fear, desperation and wild chases, particularly!

Typhoon is exciting, involving and eerily real-world at times. I'm very much looking forward to the next instalment. Great job!
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