Friday, 19 March 2010

FICTION REVIEW: E-Force: State of Emergency - Sam Fisher


In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox's main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned Bethany Krall, one of the most dangerous teenagers in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake. Raised on a diet of evangelistic hellfire, Bethany is violent, delusional, cruelly intuitive and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters - a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion. But when catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, and a brilliant, gentle physicist enters the equation, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator, or could she be the harbinger of imminent global cataclysm on a scale never seen before? And what can love mean in 'interesting times'? A haunting story of human passion and burning faith set against an adventure of tectonic proportions, "The Rapture" is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind's self-destruction in a world on the brink.


To be honest I’ve read work by this author before and whilst the blurb promises so much I didn’t hold out much hope. With a pretty ridiculous plot it felt almost as if the author had wondered what was selling well or interested him in the mainstream media and gone with that. In this, part GI Joe (or Action Man to the UK audience) part 007 and part Thunderbirds have all been blended into a half hearted offering that had the swearing been removed may have been a title for the young readers. As an adult I expect an author to conduct research and whilst I have no objection to manipulation of events to suit the authors purpose to have a number of glaring errors jumping from the page really didn’t do anything for my faith in the author. Add to the mix a tale that is not only predictable but half formed characters and it really didn’t have any saving graces.

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