|Submitted by Ruben Lake |
(Mar 06, 2011)
Wow... just wow!
This is certainly an action-packed first novel. The slang, slum and dystopian setting places the work in fine company and i felt echoes of "I Am Legend", "Clockwork Orange" and especially Millers graphic novel "Ronin".
The theme of societies breakdown and the ultimate need for escape or salvation is not new. Neither is the use of anti-hero with no memory and team of hard boiled veterans heading into danger in a dropshop (Aliens, anyone?). It takes a few pages to get your head around the language and the mentality of the anti-hero; it's unflinching in it's brutality and uncompromising in it's internal coherence. Once you get past that, the story fairly whisks by, peopled by complicated plot turns and a plethora of well realised characters as well as others who are merely cannon-fodder and are ciphers by their nature not that of the author, or so it seems.
Ultimate this is an awesome read, really gritty, full of dark adventure and razor-sharp humour. The characters are believable, their struggles painfully real.
And it has "Nighties of the Living Dead". Brilliance. Sheer brilliance...