REVIEW SUMMARY: This is how page-turning books are written.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The chase is on from the very first pages when an ex-military operative stumbles across a young girl and the plot orchestrated by some very powerful people to capture her.
PROS: Fast-paced action; builds genuine moments of suspense; it’s an engrossing page-turner.
CONS: Some the thriller aspects were a little harder to swallow than the science fictional aspects.
BOTTOM LINE: A worthwhile thrill ride with promise for even better things to come.
One of the things I love about speculative fiction is its versatility. Science fiction stories aren’t always about spaceships and fantasy stories aren’t always about dragons. Oftentimes, stories are written from a different angle entirely even though they include speculative elements layered on top of them. Or at least, that’s how they are marketed.
Macmillan has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Runner by Patrick Lee. The description doesn’t immediately sound like a speculative fiction book…but then, neither did the The Breach and that was a start of quite an excellent trilogy. I’m thinking/hoping that the “skill that makes her very dangerous” is something sf-nal. Even if it’s not, I’m looking forward to this one. Lee’s writing is compelling and hard to put down.
Here’s the synopsis:
REVIEW SUMMARY: Will easily be one of my best reads of the year.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Travis Chase, member of the covert government agency named Tangent that’s charged with researching a doorway to another dimension from which strange objects are emitted, stumbles upon a decades-old secret that forces him to face his destiny.
PROS: Engrossing story; well-plotted; fast-paced; cool technological (and science fictional) ideas; thrilling; hard to put down.
CONS: Distracting use of specific times; the heroes powers of deduction are unnaturally accurate.
BOTTOM LINE: A superb ending to an outstanding trilogy that is everything a science fiction thriller should be.