Monday, 21 June 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Noise Within - Ian Whates


On the brink of perfecting the long sought-after human/ AI interface, Philip Kaufman finds his world thrown into turmoil as a scandal from the past returns to haunt him and dangerous information falls into his hands. Pursued by assassins and attacked in his own home, he flees. Leyton, a government black-ops specialist, is diverted from his usual duties to hunt down the elusive pirate vessel The Noise Within, wondering all the while why this particular freebooter is considered so important. Two lives collide in this stunning and innovative space-opera!


To be honest this title took me back to the Deathstalker series by Simon Green. After all we have the intelligence ship, we have a cracking principle protagonist who is more of an anti hero than the true good guy you’ve come to expect backed up with some cracking tech. It’s beautifully written, the prose as you’d already expect from Ian’s previous novel was top notch and its backed up with some great dialogue. Personally, I think his combat sequences Ballistic Combat Sequences are so so compared to his sword combat but that’s something that can be improved upon. Definitely a title that will win him a number of fans but will also allow a fair amount of growth that could take Ian quite far.

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