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WOW! When is the movie coming out?!
28 April 2014
I was impressed enough by the sample of this to pay over £2 for it which I wont usually do for a writer new to me, and I was NOT disappointed. The reviews helped but I was totally hooked by the sample. The story grabs you from page one. The lead character, Wil, has you onside from the first, with the believable frustration of judicial injustice demanding you to follow his story until he has his deserved redemption. This is slightly outside my usual chosen genres, personally I would describe it as a psychological thriller/conspiracy and it reminds me of Robin Cooks brilliant novel "Coma" and the chilling effect it had on me when I first read it. That was made into a decent movie and I have no doubt that Exoskeleton who be a blockbuster on the big screen with the cgi now available. I was struck by how "real" the torture scenes felt and the clinical precision with which they were written made them all the more effective where lesser talents opt for shock and gore and drama which leave me cold and incredulous and so emotionally unattached. This skill made sense when I read the afterward on the author being a physicist. I love Stadlers writing style which is clean and unfussy and all the more powerful for it. We all know "stuff" goes on in labs around the world which push the boundaries of science and it is not too far a stretch of the imagination to think that experiments such as this could happen. It is known that Hitler was enthralled by the potential of scientific and supernatural experimentation and that the Nazi regime included teams of scientists working on all kinds of projects, including hideous human experimentation, some of which were adopted and expanded upon by other nations after his downfall. Stadler has taken this as a starting point and used his own expertise, the paranoia of conspiracy theory and our inherent need for truth and justice and created a novel of quiet genius. He leaves us with an obvious but nonetheless clever opening for a series along the lines of many a "marvel" hero and although Im not sure future "episodes" will be as original and so interesting to me, I will definitely be on the look out for more of his work. I read this in one sitting and can recommend it either as an interesting and slightly chilling look into fictional (we hope!) future-science or simply as a good fast, entertaining read. make of it what you will but do give it a try