Friday, 29 July 2016

CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE FICTION: Lament for the Fallen - Gavin Chait

Release Date: 28/07/16
Publisher:  Transworld


'Father, tell me a story?' asks Isaiah, moments before a strange craft falls from the sky and smashes into the jungle near his isolated West African community. Inside the ruined vessel the villagers find the shattered body of a man. His name is Samara and he is a man unlike any the villagers have seen before - a man who is perhaps something more than human.

With his city home of Achenia hiding in the rubble left by a devastating war, Samara has fallen 35,000 km to earth in order to escape the automated hell of an orbiting prison called Tartarus. As he struggles to heal himself, he helps transform the lives of those who rescued him but in so doing attracts the attention of the brutal warlord who rules over this benighted, ravaged post-21st century land. He is not a man to be crossed, and now he threatens the very existence of the villagers themselves and the one, slim chance Samara has of finding his way home and to the woman - and the world - he loves.

And all the while - in the darkness above - waits the simmering fury that lies at the heart of Tartarus . . .


I love spending time with new authors from different walks of life as I feel that they bring something not only new to the genre but also bring some quirks that work delightfully well to the fore. Whilst this is definitely a different type of Sci-Fi title, I was more than a little smitten with the characters within. I loved spending time with them and whilst there were a few language turn of phrases I had to research, I thoroughly loved the whole experience as Gavin brought solid world building into the mix alongside cracking pace as well as dialogue that just tripped off the page.

All round a great read and one that I was more than happy to spend time with. I can’t wait to embark on the next outing with Gavin to see what other turns he’s going to throw my way. Magic.

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