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Review - The Seventh DayThe Seventh Day by Andy Malone
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed 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»»
Nigel 31st March 2015 [8/10]
Review - The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Humans by Matt Haig. It's hardest to belong when you're closest to home... One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race? Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st March 2015 [9/10]
Review - Red RisingRed Rising by Pierce Brown
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Paul has sent in a review for Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars, generations of people who spend their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that, one day, people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left. Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down at Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st March 2015 [9/10]
Review - The Recruit The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (4 Reviews)
Ramanan has kindly sent in a review for The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist... more»»
Ramanan 31st March 2015 [8/10]
Review - Cold CallerCold Caller by Jason Starr
Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Cold Caller by Jason Starr. If Jim Thompson had gotten an MBA, he might have written Cold Caller, a ravingly readable story of a downwardly mobile yuppie who'll just kill to get ahead. Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a ‘cold caller’ at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He's got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than promotion comes through, Bill snaps... Now he's got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counsellor can help him with... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st March 2015 [7/10]
Review - The Perpetual Motion ClubThe Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange
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Paul has sent in a review for The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange. Welcome to the high school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay. You, on the other hand, can't even get a return text from Clearasil. Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until graduation. Guess it's time for another hit of iHigh... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st March 2015 [9/10]
Review - BetrayalBetrayal by Tim Tigner
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Chrissi has reviewed Betrayal by Tim Tigner. Presumed dead after an attack blamed on al-Qaeda, FBI agent Odysseus Carr is running for his life with the missionary doctor who rescued him in Iran. Meanwhile the same power players who sent Odi to his death are now manipulating his sister, FBI profiler Cassandra Carr, into blindly tracking him down. As Odi unravels a devious plot of profound political manipulation and global consequence, the hunted becomes the hunter, and then the real terror begins. Written by a former Green Beret and Military Intelligence Specialist, Betrayal combines Vince Flynn’s hard-core covert action with Nelson DeMille’s gripping drama in a thought provoking and suspenseful thriller... more»»
Chrissi 28th February 2015 [8/10]
Review - Modern Disciples (Volume 1)Modern Disciples (Volume 1) by Ian Anderson
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Paul has sent in a review for Modern Disciples (Volume 1) by Ian Anderson. The children of the gods walk among us, and their cold war has just begun. Enter a world where the Greek, Norse, Japanese, Hindu, and many other Pantheons of gods are all real. They would never openly admit it, but they have been having children with mortals despite their pact to withdraw themselves from our world. These children, known as Disciples, have never known their true heritage. When the ancient enemies of the gods escape their prison, the gods call upon their disciples to investigate any activity that may have been orchestrated against the gods and humanity. These investigations very often lead to intrigue and always lead to danger. Fortunately being the child of a god comes with many perks, including supernatural abilities... more»»
Paul Lappen 28th February 2015 [9/10]
Review - Modern Disciples (Volume 2)Modern Disciples (Volume 2) by Ian Anderson
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Paul has sent in a review for Modern Disciples (Volume 2) by Ian Anderson. The country of Japan is devastated by a mysterious storm that literally leaves a dark cloud over the entire country. By day, the sun struggles to break through the cloud. By night, the country is overrun by nightmares. The lightning from the storm has damaged several power plants causing brown outs and people have a self-imposed curfew. Women are going missing or being murdered in public bathrooms. Men are found dead in the streets. The people of Japan are scared, and they should be. They are caught between the gods of Japan and an enemy that was banished many millennia ago. The one hope they have left is a group of six disciples and the queen of the gods who has gone absent. The third volume of the Modern Disciples saga finds our six heroes in Japan fighting spawn from Japanese mythology. They encounter tengu, kappas, goblins, and some characters from Japanese urban legends... more»»
Paul Lappen 28th February 2015 [9/10]
Review - Modern Disciples (Volume 3)Modern Disciples (Volume 3) by Ian Anderson
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Paul has sent in a review for Modern Disciples (Volume 3) by Ian Anderson. Jane Dotter has spent the last few months in Las Vegas trailing a man who may be in league with the Titans. He is a well-known mobster who controls more than half the drug trade in the city. She is joined by Lisa Mikoto, a fellow disciple she met on her previous journey. Her suspicions are confirmed when she has an encounter with the spawn. Jane and Lisa soon learn that Ryan Hunter is gathering their group back together in Vegas. They are soon joined not only by Ryan, but Angie, Sajaad, and Armand. Jane's mother Freya appears and confronts Jane with a new task. Not only does Jane receive a new mission from her mother, but she must also deal with her developing feelings for Ryan. When an encounter with an old enemy brings a new sense of urgency, Ryan decides to split the group up into three teams... more»»
Paul Lappen 28th February 2015 [9/10]
Review - One Million EuroOne Million Euro by Rorie Smith
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed One Million Euro by Rorie Smith. A group of pilgrims led by the long dead poet Walt Whitman and the legendary football manager Sir Roy Babadouche are walking the Camino de Santiago. In the group are Echo the African Autodidact, Jack the Devon publican, and an unlikely bank robber called Oscar Bebbington. Also in the group are a socialist climber called Wilson, a dentist by the name of Denis Dennis and Venezia, a jolie Quebecoise. Two donkeys carry their equipment. They are very modern pilgrims as none of them believes in God. Instead they declare: 'We are on pilgrimage to regain our humanity.' The group start their pilgrimage near Marciac in southern France, crossing into Spain via the Col du Somport. Their journey, a distance of 650 miles, takes them a total of 54 days. One Million Euro recounts their many and strange adventures. During the course of the journey the pilgrims also tell stories of their lives. Some of these stories are true, but others are made up... more»»
Nigel 31st January 2015 [8/10]
Review - NecropolisNecropolis by Michael Dempsey
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Paul has sent in a review for Necropolis by Michael Dempsey. In a world where death is a thing of the past, how far would you go to solve your own murder? NYPD detective Paul Donner and his wife Elise were killed in a hold-up gone wrong. Fifty years later, Donner is back: revived courtesy of the Shift. Supposedly the unintended side-effect of a botched biological terrorist attack and carried by a ubiquitous retrovirus, the Shift jump-starts dead DNA and throws the life cycle into reverse, so reborns like Donner must cope with the fact that they are not only slowly youthing toward a new childhood, but have become New York''s most hated minority. With New York quarantined beneath a geodesic blister, government and basic services have been outsourced by a private security corporation named Surazal. Reborns and infected norms alike struggle in a counterclockwise world, where everybody gets younger... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st January 2015 [8/10]
Review - Celestial NavigationCelestial Navigation by Anne Tyler
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler. From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amateur Marriage and Digging to America, comes this unusual and touching novel about two oddly-assorted characters and their intertwined lives. Jeremy is a child-like, painfully shy bachelor who has never left home. He lives on the third floor of his mother's boarding house and spends his days cutting up coloured paper to make mosaic sculptures - until the day his mother dies and the beautiful Mary Tell arrives to turn his world upside down... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st January 2015 [8/10]
Review - Blood Lust 4: Being SupremeBeing Supreme by Rhys A. Wilcox
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Being Supreme by Rhys A. Wilcox. It has always been Danny Knight's dream to gain enhanced abilities and be a part of a society or league for justice, standing for nobility, honour and decency. So when the chance arises, his first altruistic act is to introduce his best friend (a covert vampire) to the team. Coincidentally (or conveniently), someone starts killing the heroes. As each superb man or wonderful woman becomes an ex-man or insensible woman, the danger heightens inversely proportional to the number of remaining suspects. Amidst conventional heroic duties, origin stories and tight fitting costumes come subverting brutal violence, bad language and awkward sexual encounters... more»»
Nigel 3rd January 2015 [8/10]
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