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Review - Kill DecisionKill Decision by Daniel Suarez
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Nigel has reviewed Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez. Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention. Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the "kill decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans - and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences... more»»
Nigel 30th June 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Devil’s DetectiveThe Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth. Welcome to hell where skinless demons patrol the lakes and the waves of Limbo wash against the outer walls, while the souls of the Damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of Hell's detectives, known as 'Information Men’. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something? A stunningly original blend of crime, horror and suspense, The Devil’s Detective is a bold new thriller that will shock and amaze... more»»
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Review - The TrillionistThe Trillionist by Sagan Jeffries
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Paul has sent in a review for The Trillionist by Sagan Jeffries. Spurred on by a darkness residing within his brilliant mind, Sage Rogan, boy-genius and inventor, is relentlessly driven to bring modern advancements to his people. In fearing for his own sanity, he eventually discovers a part of his mind is, in fact, a shadowy ancient spirit with ulterior motives of its own. Realizing that the inventions he’s been coerced into creating could destroy his world, Sage yearns to make things right; clashing with the powerful entity to save his world from annihilation. Sage Rojan knows the truth, and it’s up to him to make things right. But before he can save the world, he must first save himself... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th June 2015 [9/10]
Review - Black RunBlack Run by Antonio Manzini
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Chrissi has reviewed Black Run by Antonio Manzini. Already an international hit, a sly, sizzling mystery set in the Italian Alps, the first in a sensational crime series. The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow. Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. He hates this place and the provincial locals almost as much as his superiors for their petty rules and for exiling him here. On top of that, he’s got a body to deal with and this mangled corpse is “a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude”… more»»
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Review - The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. You don't know her. But she knows you. Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller. Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Factory WorldThe Factory World by Joseph Edward Ryan
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Paul has sent in a review for The Factory World by Joseph Edward Ryan. Waking in a pipe in a silent forest, unable to remember how he got there or where he came from, Simon finds himself walking a rusting railway track with a mysterious stranger who cannot even remember his own name. Abandoned factories and eerie mannequins dot their path, falling stars lighting the night sky and searing holes through the earth to reveal a maze of pipes beneath. A dream, and a thousand miles away is their only way home. But they are not alone on this factory world, and soon realise that they are fighting for their lives... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - HauntedHaunted Edited by Alex Davis and Ryan Merrifield
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Haunted Edited by Alex Davis and Ryan Merrifield. Spirits walk among us...  Ghosts can be found truly anywhere. It might be the quaint but abandoned village of Snap End, in the heart of the English countryside, or the beautiful but dilapidated Canterbrem home in rural Texas. Perhaps you’ll find these supernatural visitors in the heart of a suburban estate, or running through the forests of Muskogee country. Or maybe, just maybe, they’ll come strolling into your own home... Prepare yourself for five unique visitations in Haunted, where the dead return may return with a desire for revenge or the simple wish to continue making our lives better... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st May 2015 [7/10]
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Nigel has reviewed Pelquin's Comet by Ian Whates. In an age of exploration and expansion, the crew of the freetrader Pelquin’s Comet – a rag-tag group of misfits, ex-soldiers and ex-thieves – set out to find a cache of alien technology, intent on making their fortunes; but they are not the only interested party and find themselves in a deadly race against corporate agents and hunted by the authorities. Forced to combat enemies without and within, they strive to overcome the odds under the watchful eye of an unwelcome guest: Drake, agent of the bank funding their expedition, who is far more than he seems and may represent the greatest threat of all. High octane adventure, dark secrets, hidden agendas and double-cross lie in store for the Comet and her motley crew as they pursue their goal to very edge of human space... more»»
Nigel 30th April 2015 [8/10]
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Chrissi has reviewed Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger. But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud… more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2015 [8/10]
Review - Clockwork HeartClockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassoti
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Paul has sent in a review for Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassoti. Flight is freedom, but death hangs in the skies... Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus, a courier privileged to travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately amongst its castes. But even she cannot outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upperclass family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on Ondinium’s governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharptongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in the lowest sector of the city. Both hide dangerous secrets, in the city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2015 [9/10]
Review - There but for theThere but for the by Ali Smith
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for There but for the by Ali Smith. 'There once was a man who, one night between the main course and the sweet at a dinner party, went upstairs and locked himself in one of the bedrooms of the house of the people who were giving the dinner party…' As time passes by and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear. There but for the was hailed as one of the best books of 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner and Nick Barley... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2015 [7/10]
Review - The Seventh DayThe Seventh Day by Andy Malone
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Thirza has sent in a review for The Seventh Day, an atmospheric and tense science fiction thriller by Andy Malone. From a small eighteenth century Scottish village, comes the story of an ordinary man who makes a discovery so shocking that it will change the very foundation of life on Earth. Dougie Allan, a local silver miner, accidentally unearths a terrifying secret and is catapulted 300 years through time. Arriving in the modern world, amidst a backdrop of catastrophic natural disasters, Dougie must forge new alliances if he is to battle his unfolding nightmare. Befriending a local man, Tom Duncan, and a feisty reporter, Kate Harding, they soon find themselves entangled with the authorities in a deadly race against time. As humanity teeters on the brink of disaster Dougie must convince the authorities that a force of unimaginable power is preparing for Armageddon... more»»
Thirza 30th April 2015 [9/10]
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