Wednesday, 2 September 2009
FANTASY REVIEW: The Company - KJ Parker
Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. Only then do they begin to realize that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for. For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over.
If you haven't heard of KJ Parker, then you've missed a treat. After all the Engineer Trilogy has been vastly popular with the fans and whils some would say it was long winded, it's been one that's gripped a new generation with a passion.
Here in KJ's latest release is something of a nvoelty as its a standalong which examines what happens to soldiers after a long and bloody war and what they do to acclimatise themselves back into society. Well written, with a spartan descriptive style that allows for a greater realism with a band of misfits who only seem at ease with each other which allows for a tale tha generates an adventure for all who read.