Tuesday, 16 April 2013

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Curve of the Earth - Simon Morden

Release Date: 28/03/13
Publisher:  Orbit


WELCOME TO THE METROZONE Post-apocalyptic London, full of street gangs and homeless refugees. A dangerous city needs an equally dangerous saviour. Step forward Samuil Petrovitch, a genius with extensive cybernetic replacements, a built-in AI with god-like capabilities and a full armoury of Russian swear words. He's dragged the city back from the brink more than once - and made a few enemies on the way. So when his adopted daughter Lucy goes missing in Alaska, he has some clue who's responsible and why. It never occurs to him that guessing wrong could tip the delicate balance of nuclear-armed nations. This time it's not just a city that needs saving: it's the whole world.


I really fell for Simon’s Sci-Fi last year when I read his Metrozone trilogy and to be honest its felt like one hell of a long wait to see what he’d return with. After all when an author’s writing style not only grabs you by the hand but by the unmentionables and threatens to crush you, you can’t help but get taken along for the ride and boy, was it one of those within.

As with Simon’s other titles, the prose is razor sharp, the character does his own thing and when the reader is treated to dialogue its snappy enough to make a crocodile worry. Back this up with a lead character that you can’t help but like, some cracking action sequences and of course an author who knows what he’s going to do the reader with the tale all round gives you not just an exciting story but one you just can’t let go. Great stuff.

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