Thursday 31 October 2019

Enervation: book 3 in the Shadeward series (and yes, there is going to be a book 4)

Enervation (Shadeward Book 3)Enervation by Drew Wagar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enervation is the 3rd in Drew Wagar's Shadeward series. A must-read for anyone who has been following the stories since book 1. If you haven't read the earlier books, I recommend that you get them and read them in order. You won't lose the adventure and excitement if you read out of order, but the drama will have much more depth for knowing how the characters developed and what shaped them.

Kiri and Zoella remain key players, as do the crew of the Mobilis. In this book strands come together in ways that are surprising and dramatic, but satisfyingly inevitable once all the pieces settle together. No spoilers - it's hard to know quite what to write about a 3rd book without giving away anything to spoil the reading of the earlier two - but this book, like the rest, is very cleverly constructed. And it is hard science-fiction throughout. You can find yourself forgetting that as the story unfolds through the eyes of the different characters.

The main thing though is that the story will pick you up and sweep you along from start to finish. I was very pleased to learn that there will be a book 4.

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Thursday 24 October 2019

The Star Protocol - science fiction at breakneck speed

The Star ProtocolThe Star Protocol by Ramon Marett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's not often that passions for space adventure, science fiction and archaeology join forces in the same book, but that's clearly what lies behind The Star Protocol.

Protagonists Dash and Will are professional soldiers, special forces with special skills and training, and the adventure they are thrown into tests their professionalism to its limits (and sometimes beyond). They have some staunch allies along the way, but frankly, without their rock-hard attitude of 'deal with the problem first and then worry about what the hell's going on' no one else would make it through - not even the MI6 agent who turns out to be nursing quite a secret of his own (but no spoilers), and certainly not the father-and-daughter archaeologists looking for ancient artefacts in the Iraqi desert, unaware they'd wandered into a war zone.

This is science fiction at breakneck speed.

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Saturday 19 October 2019

Gravity's Arrow - be careful what you wish for

Gravity's ArrowGravity's Arrow by Jack Mann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a young adult space adventure. The protagonist is 12-year-old Fhiro who thinks of his life as pretty mundane - hemmed in by parental rules, envious of an older brother who has so much more freedom, and pestered by a younger sister who is as irritating as only a younger sister can be. He yearns for adventure.

Fhiro has no clue that his whole family has been living on a knife-edge, a hair's breadth from calamity. When the axe falls, it falls suddenly and hard, and they are all running for their lives. When Fhiro wished for adventure, this was emphatically not what he had in mind.

Gravity's Arrow is fast moving and wide ranging with plenty of drama.

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