Monday, 23 April 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Silversands - Gareth L Powell

Release Date: 06/04/12


In an age where interstellar travel is dangerous and unpredictable, and no-one knows exactly where they ll end up, Avril Bradley is a Communications officer onboard a ship sent to re-contact as many of these lost souls as possible. But a mysterious explosion strands her in a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge; a world of retired cops, digital ghosts and corporate assassins who fight for possession of computer data that had lain undisturbed for almost a century. . .


Originally released by Pendragon Press, this short story was a book that grabbed the reader from page one as it didn’t waste time on distracting the reader taking them to the heart of the matter as our heroine Avril seeks out lost human civilisations as well as searching for one man in particular Cale. It’s quirky, it brings together two sides of the same coin in the characters and when you throw politics, alien technology and of course drama from the people involved, its almost a case study in writing the bones whilst allowing the reader to add the flesh.

Finally add to this solid dialogue, great pace and back it all up in a tightly written story and this 160 page book is one that can easily be enjoyed in a short time.

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