on April 10, 2014 :
I am always happy to see more books, self published or otherwise, set in the UK and this was part of the attraction of this book. sadly I did not actually enjoy the book.
On the plus side the story was a bit different, having a man harvesting brain matter from innocent people to sell to a large corporation. The side effect is that the harvested person goes into a health decline and dies due to their brain no longer working the way it should. Thing is, I didn't really connect with this guy, our hero or the victims and the characters were all a bit stale.
I felt that the author over complicates things in his writing, using long winded descriptions when a brief summary would be better. He also uses a lot of fancy words that left you feeling that he had swallowed a dictionary or wanted to show off his vocabulary. Well I can't be bothered reaching for said dictionary to look up every word I don't know especially in a short story so I ended up just ignoring bits of description and moving on. It was also a slow book which I never enjoy and by the time I was halfway through it I had totally lost interest in the plot and was getting bored.
Not for me.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Dec. 3, 2013 :
A neat little thriller! This is the ideal read if you fancy settling down for an evening and getting into something that will have you turning the pages until you're done. It's set in a rural village, whose inhabitants have become the target of a multinational corporation's experiments.
The hero of the plot is Ed Bains, a recently discharged Royal Marine, injured in Afghanistan and about to embark on a new life in maritime security. That all comes crashing to a halt though, as he realises there is a menacing presence in his village - the chillingly ruthless and mysterious Jason Ryle.
Using all of his military training, Ed must try to work out what's going on before his it's too late for the people of his little community, tracking the predator through the wintry streets, finally tailing him to his night time hideaway (now there's a scene that defines the word 'tension'!)
All the while, the organisation employing Ryle - Sylexon - are portrayed in an equally shadowy light. We don't know exactly what they want until near the end, but needless to say their plans are sinister to say the least!
The story is laid out over 12 chapters, and every one without fail ends on a nerve-shredding cliff hanger.
Looking forward to reading Matt Kruze's other book 'Pursuit' as soon as I get time!
(review of free book)