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Review - The Not KnowingThe Not Knowing
by Cathi Unsworth

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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Not Knowing by Cathi Unsworth. London, March 1992. Nearly a year after the release of Brit noir sensation, Bent, the capital is still in the grip of its cultural and stylistic impact. Diana Kemp, journalist on the alternative arts magazine Lux, is dismissive of the film's cult following but admires the technique of its debut director, Jon Jackson. In fact, some of her admiration has a more personal nature and when Jon disappears following a triumphant Guardian lecture, she feels the loss, acutely. Two weeks' later, Jackson's body is found in a condemned lock-up in the arches behind Camden market. A victim of his own success? Perhaps - the murder site resembles the particularly bloody final scene of Bent. But why would anyone want to destroy the golden boy in such a way? Attempting to put a lid on the past, Diana buries herself in work. But an assignment, at the ICA's Crimewave festival, leads her on a voyage of discovery where not knowing might be the only thing that saves her... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th November 2017 [7/10]
Review - Halo: New Blood Halo: New Blood
by Matt Forbeck
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Halo: New Blood by Matt Forbeck. While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief, wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command. Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him to retire to the side-lines for a life he could only dream about… or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military's new blood... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th November 2017 [9/10]
Review - Never Let You GoNever Let You Go
by Erin Healy

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Never Let You Go by Erin Healy. Losing everything has made Lexi hold those she loves tightly. Hell is determined to loosen her grip. Lexi lives in the shadow of choices her husband made. Especially Grant's choice to leave seven years ago, without a word. Her relationship with their daughter, Molly, is now the most important thing in her life. Lexi will do anything - work gruelling hours, attend church on her only day off, sacrifice financially - just to see Molly smile. When Grant shows up declaring his intent to re-enter their daughter's life, Lexi is sceptical of his motives. She soon determines not to let him near Molly. Then a drug dealer named Warden arrives on Lexi's doorstep, demanding payment of Grant's old debts. And something else is going on - something Lexi feels but can't explain. A dangerous shift is taking place between this reality and the next. Forces beyond her imagination are vying for control. Staggering supernatural events are spilling into her world in real and shocking ways. Hell's fury is great, but Heaven's power is greater still... more»»
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Review - The Worst Man on MarsThe Worst Man on Mars
by Mark Roman & Corben Duke

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed The Worst Man on Mars by Mark Roman & Corben Duke. Hero. Legend. Role model. He’s none of those. Flint Dugdale, blunt Yorkshireman and reality TV show winner, has used his large frame and ‘persuasive personality’ to take charge of Britain’s first mission to Mars. Little does he know that the base – built by an advance party of incompetent robots – is not quite finished and has no food, water or doors. Worse, the ship’s scanners are picking up strange signals from the surface. There is life down there. But will it be pleased to see him? A laugh-out-loud science fiction comedy that's a cross between Red Dwarf and The Martian.
"It’s true, if the Brits launched a mission to Mars absolutely anything could happen.” – Dave from the corner shop... more»»
Nigel 31st October 2017 [8/10]
Review - The Mistake I MadeThe Mistake I Made
by Paula Daly

Average Review Rating Average Rating [6/10] (1 Review)
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Ben Macnair 31st October 2017 [6/10]
Review - NormalNormal
by Warren Ellis
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Normal by Warren Ellis. Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by non-profits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks. For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the "abyss gaze" takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st October 2017 [9/10]
Review - Bleeding HeartsBleeding Hearts
by Josh Aterovis

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Review - The Sator Square The Sator Square
by Geoff Cook

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Chrissi 30th September 2017 [8/10]
Review - EventEvent
by Jerry Gill
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Vic Challenger 6: Event by Jerry Gill. Event is the 6th novel in the action adventure series The Incredible Adventures of Vic Challenger. Vic gets a clue to her lost love - finally. O, who runs a special military unit does her a favour and she reciprocates. It will just be a quick trip to observe and study the site of a powerful event. However, she is ambushed before she leaves D.C., and there is no let-up! Bad guys, extreme weather, and killing machines that are not from around here (and are difficult to see and kill) - they all try to kill Vic! Not to mention the urge she has to settle down in Siberia! No people for miles, plenty of fresh meat and the mammoths - she feels almost like she is back 100,000 years ago and she likes it. Vic’s easy trip turns out to be her deadliest yet! Fast paced and unpredictable, action adventure in the tradition of the adventure pulps of the early 20th Century. If you like Doc Savage, The Avenger (Dick Benson), Nancy Drew, or Tarzan or any other novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs you will love Vic Challenger... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th September 2017 [9/10]
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