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Falling Star (The Watchers Book 1) (English Edition)
Falling Star (The Watchers Book 1) (English Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This guy knows his stuff!, 9. Oktober 2011
Phillip Chen has written a remarkable and stylish SF thriller, so prepare for a front seat drive. At the outset, the immediate action and vivid description of pilots in peril pull the reader straight into the story. What begins as a deep-sea mystery soon turns into a switchback ride of deadly cat and mouse. The story has a continuous forward momentum and an underlying tension that doesn't let go. It introduces a wide variety of richly drawn characters, each of which provokes an emotional response from the reader.

There is effective use of humour in tense situations and a consistent thread of military/security service banter. However, many of the personnel in the book are trained in the use of lethal weapons and deadly force. The plot also includes chillingly realistic fire fights and assassinations. Although the reader may not wish to imagine himself in some of the situations, it is difficult to believe that the author has not been there himself, so precisely are the details recorded.

Military use of undersea exploration craft and the reality of existence within such machinery is introduced in detail. Although the level of description might do justice to an internal security service report, on no occasion does it get in the way of this fast-paced thriller. The way the back story is woven unobtrusively into the action is very expertly done. A delight to the reader is the authoritative way the technical aspects of computer systems, submersible devices, weaponry and machinery are described.

The novel works well as a standalone, with scope for a sequel. If there is a sequel, I shall definitely be in line to read it!


Three Mysteries (English Edition)
Three Mysteries (English Edition)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Mysterious!, 23. April 2011
A very pleasant and intriguing set of short mysteries, with a fourth bonus story for good luck. My personal inclination is very much towards science fiction and these stories are different to what I would usually choose. I came across the book on the UK Kindle Users Forum and found that I enjoyed it very much.

The first three stories are linked in location and by the two main characters. There is effective character development, which progresses throughout the set of three. I found I was interested in the relationship between the characters to such a degree that it was impossible to stop reading after the first story and had to immediately carry on to the second, and then the third.

The fourth story I read a couple of days later. It is a standalone and not connected with the first three. It is somewhat spookier than the first three stories and particularly effective.

All four stories are well-paced and I was quickly involved in both the characters and in finding the solution. I admit that each one kept me guessing to the end. The twist in the tail of each story is most skilfully revealed.

Ms Coleridge has an eye for detail and spreads it thinly enough to ensure that the reader is left always wanting more. I found the style very easy, natural and visual; just the thing for a comfortable evening in. I shall be looking for more by this author.


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