It starts with a mystery: an old manor house is surrounded
by an impenetrable bubble, and all that lives within it seems
to wither and die. Investigating, the Army find two men inside
the house - men who vanished some 100 years ago but who have
now reappeared, and as young as the day they disappeared.
There are rumours of a machine which could puncture the dimensions,
allowing man to travel beyond the bounds of the Earth and
for other things to travel here...
an interesting addition to Telos's growing range of original
sci-fi novels. Simon Morden builds the suspense well from
the start with the mystery of the manor which had disappeared
several decades before, but now seems to have reappeared.
Just what exactly happened to the occupants of the manor,
and what threat they pose to 21st century Earth, is unravelled
over 130 pages.
army heroes, unlike most tales of this nature, are not two-dimensional
characters. Far from being clichéd, Morden adds a little
humanity to the men who are supposed to have no fear.
loved the early investigation of the manor - where the army
had to find a way around getting inside the force field and
the almost Scrap Heap Challenge style way they built
a contraption (almost A-Team style) on the spot to
enable them to gain access to the grounds.
was also pleasantly surprised to see that the threat to the
human race, the Ankhani, didn't run around Aliens style
dispatching humans left, right and centre. While they still
proved to be a formidable enemy, their process of domination
was much cleverer than that.
element I loved was the battle suit which is donned in the
final pages of the book. I really liked the idea of a gigantic
suit of armour that an average sized man could wear that gave
him the strength and appearance of a giant god.
I have one complaint, it's that this book wasn't long enough.
I really became engrossed in the characters and events as
they unfolded, and was surprised at how quickly I plowed through
the pages, and I was a little disappointed that I'd reached
the conclusion so quickly.
another intriguing release from Telos.
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