Sunday, 6 March 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Combat K 4: Cloneworld - Andy Remic

Release Date: 03/03/11


Junks, an ancient evil alien scourge, are flooding Quad-Gal with terror as they spread their toxic plague. Combat K, proficient in infiltration, assassination and demolition, are sent on a mission to find an elusive alien retrovirus which can be used against an enemy. SLAM-dropped to CLONEWORLD, a planet ravaged by violent civil war, not only are Combat K hunted by elite junk assassins, but they get caught in a global conflict between ORGS, huge augmented mechanised war machines, and GANGSTERS, slick, genetically modified humans who have the ability to ganger, or clone themselves at will.

Through a mash of constant battle and vast, war-torn landscapes, through mechanised ORG factories and G.U.N. workshops, through GANGER SlushPits and CloneCities and SexVats, Combat K must think and fight their way to victory, to save the planet, and save the Four Galaxies. But how can Combat K possibly succeed, when their main foe are their own elite and deadly clones?


Andy is one of those authors that treads the fine line of twisted combat junkie and action obsessed nut job as he cluster bombs the readers brain with seriously hard-core fight sequences, devilishly complex missions and finishes it with a cocktail of fully formed characters, full throttled adrenaline, seat of the pants rocket fuelled plotline and twists it off with few drops of Nitro-glycerine as he shakes this mix and waits for the explosion as Combat K face off against the greatest threat imaginable, themselves.

It’s definitely a new outlook and with each of the characters having a nightmare of a story struggling to survive it does leave you wondering where he can go from here. Prior to this, I have called him either a genius or a madman, and the way that this f-bombed outing seems we can firmly state that Solaris has him safely under lock and key awaiting the next manuscript. I just hope that they’ve managed to keep the chemicals away from Andy as otherwise he may well escape in a MacGyver inspired Haggis manner and then who knows what will happen.

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