Thursday, 26 November 2015

The trial of the chosen - Guy Haley

The Trial of the Chosen

Part five in The Call of Archaon series

Ushkar Mir and his Bloodslaves brave the blood-soaked deserts of the Realm of Death in their quest to join the armies of the Everchosen.

The tests given to those who would serve under the Everchosen take a decidedly sinister turn as the Realm of Death awaits...

The call of Archaon brings the warriors of the Bloodslaves to the realm of Shyish and the desert of the Bone Sands. Grim trials await, for only the worthy will be chosen to serve under the Everchosen's banner.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Deadhenge - Justin D. Hill


Part five of the Deathwatch Quick Reads series
Iron Hand Ennox Sorlock is offered the chance to take revenge on the aliens who crippled him. Will he do his duty, or is he biding his time in order to confront the Black Spider?

READ IT BECAUSEIt's a portrait of an Iron Hands Space Marine who joins the Deathwatch for all the wrong reasons – but he might just be able to turn that into victory against the eldar. Then again, he might not...
More machine than Space Marine, the Iron Hand Ennox Sorrlock has still become a formidable weapon of the Deathwatch Chapter. His mind is a logic engine with only one purpose – to slay the xenos. But when Chaplain Cassius offers him the chance to take part in a new mission against the same dark eldar raiders who crippled him and slaughtered all his brethren so many years before, Sorrlock’s lack of emotional response is... unexpected. Will he do his duty, or is he simply biding his time in order to confront the foul creature known only as the Black Spider?

One shot - Lee Child

Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers always have remarkably inventive setups, and One Shot is true to form. A sniper, Barr, kills five people with six shots and leaves a clear trail of evidence; arrested, he asks for Reacher. When Reacher was a military policeman, politics stopped him pursuing Barr--he cannot understand why Barr would ask for him and Barr has been beaten in jail until he cannot remember himself. Yet, for Reacher, the loner who looks at things differently from civilians, the story does not add up--Barr should not have got himself caught, should not even have fired from where he did.
Child is a master of the perverse solution to the set of questions no-one ever asked in quite that way before, and the macho yet sensitive Reacher is one of the more interesting series characters in thrillers. One Shot is a smart set of puzzles which strings the reader along to false conclusions and a sense of real danger. It also, like its hero, has a heart. --Roz Kaveney

Holding my hands up, this is perhaps the best of the series I have read so far. A nice mix of action and detective work, I can see why it was made in to a movie, even though Tom Cruise just does not match up to the physical criteria of Reacher.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Dracula the Un-Dead


The official sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendent and endorsed by the Stoker family.
The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after the events described in the original novel. Dr. Jack Seward, now a disgraced morphine addict, hunts vampires across Europe with the help of a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school to pursue a career in stage at London's famous Lyceum Theatre.
The production of Dracula at the Lyceum, directed and produced by Bram Stoker, has recently lost its star. Luckily, Quincey knows how to contact the famed Hungarian actor Basarab, who agrees to take the lead role.
Quincey soon discovers that the play features his parents and their former friends as characters, and seems to reveal much about the terrible secrets he's always suspected them of harbouring. But, before he can confront them, Jonathan Harker is found murdered.
The writers were able to access Bram Stoker's hand-written notes and have included in their story characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago.

Dracula is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world, having spawned dozens of multi-media spin-offs. The Un-Dead is the first Dracula story to enjoy the full support of the Stoker estate since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi.

Redblade - Robbie MacNiven

Part four of the Deathwatch Quick Reads series
The Space Wolves fight valiantly against an alien foe, and none more so than the fierce Blood Claw Drenn Redblade. But it is the expertise of their Deathwatch allies that promises to turn the greenskin tide...

It's a look at one of the ways in which the Deathwatch recruit – and shows how they fight alongside other Space Marines, in this case Space Wolves who're not keen on playing nicely with others.
THE STORYIn the upper reaches of Theron, vast arco-refineries harvest the volatile atmospheric lightning storms, and it was this that brought the orks. The Space Wolves sent by Kjarl Grimblood to relieve the Adeptus Mechanicus defenders fight valiantly – none more so than the fierce young Blood Claw Drenn – but it is the expertise of the assigned Deathwatch kill-team that promises to turn the greenskin tide. Even so, Drenn's reckless actions once again draw the wrath of his commander, and the self-styled 'Redblade' must pay the price...

The enemy - Lee Child

Child's usual protagonist, the tough and resourceful Jack Reacher, is in North Carolina on New Year's Day, 1990. Elsewhere, world-shaking events are underway, such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. But Jack's job as a Military Police Duty Officer has him concerned with what initially seem to be less significant happenings: a soldier has been found dead in a sleazy motel and when Jack goes to the house of the soldier (a two-star general) to inform his wife, he finds her also dead. Needless to say, events in another part of the globe are having fatal repercussions in the US, and Reacher is soon up to his neck, with the body count rising.
As a glimpse into the early life of Jack Reacher (now securely one of the most admired heroes in contemporary thriller writing), this is meat and drink to the Child aficionado. Child foregrounds characterisation in his pacy narratives, and this eighth outing for Jack has all the adrenalin-producing qualities of its predecessors. --Barry Forshaw

In to the eight novel now and I find myself sticking with the series not through any inherent enjoyment in itself, rather I find myself getting a feel for the way, albeit fictional, a military police officer would approach a crime scene and 'crack a case'.
Being a fan of Bond, Man from Uncle and more, I hoped this series would be lapped up by me. Instead I find the pace too long and arduous, too much slow burn, the action scenes are great but these novels are not page turners, no Chandler here, yet I stick with this series only for the possibility of another angle to crime fighting in it's most abstract sense.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Persuader - Lee Child

Never forgive, never forget.
Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past.

Never apologize. Never explain.

When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?