It’s not often I give into hype and have managed to avoid both Harry Potter and Twilight but liked the trailers for the film so though I would give thIt’s not often I give into hype and have managed to avoid both Harry Potter and Twilight but liked the trailers for the film so though I would give this a try.
For once I was not disappointed.
At this moment I have not seen the film so not sure how it compares but the book did keep me interested throughout. The anticipated “love story” aspect is played down for the majority of the book and is more about the battle for survival.
Is it a rip-off of Battle Royale? Quite possibly although not sure what came first?
The only downsides for me are the first person perspective, never a fan of that for reading and the ending. I was hoping for some form of conclusion but instead we lead straight into book two almost.
The fact that I will be reading book two probably the best recommendation .....more
Not exactly what I would call heavy SciFi but if you like Star Trek or a better comparison would be Battlestar Galactica then this would be good for yNot exactly what I would call heavy SciFi but if you like Star Trek or a better comparison would be Battlestar Galactica then this would be good for you.
I've read a few self published books from Amazon and where, on occasion, the story line is good often the writing style is lacking and in need of editing. This book I found to be well written.
To be honest I was hoping for something that would improve on the disappointment that was Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series and on the basis of this first book in the series this may be it....more
The first "A Life For A Life" suffered from numerous mistakes, character names changing and locations meThis is the second Tim Ellis book I have read.
The first "A Life For A Life" suffered from numerous mistakes, character names changing and locations mentioned before being discovered being the most obvious, but on the whole you felt there was possibly a good story in there somewhere.
As one of the leading characters was rather annoying in that series of books I thought I would try a book from a different series but although the lead players are far less annoying this is far from being a good book.
For one thing TOO much detail. If the lead is having a full English breakfast fine but not sure the exact number of eggs and bacon really adds to the story.
Must also point out that, as in his previous book, it seems even the most overweight, unhygienic and least attractive male lead always seems to have gorgeous young women throwing themselves at him, if only life was like that. On the subject of women not sure it’s really a requirement to state in detail the size and shape of their breasts at every meeting. Must also be a genetic thing as the good people have perfect breasts the bad people don’t?
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For me the worst part is that the murderer is far too obvious, as soon as the character arrives you think it’s him. I was hoping it was a red herring but no.
In summary I still think Tim Ellis has potential, he just needs a good proof reader and editor he will listen to. Until then, even with the books as cheap as they are, I don't think I will bother with another ...more
The initial murder soon takes a back seat and eventually becomes almost inconsequential. The story concentratesThis is certainly a book of two halves.
The initial murder soon takes a back seat and eventually becomes almost inconsequential. The story concentrates on the heroes personal life. Although this is obviously of importance as a build up to the second half I did find it rather tedious to get through.
Once into the second half the pace picks up and a far more interesting read develops. The painting of DeVries as a slightly wronged character was good till the end when he seemed to be reformed far too much.
The reveal was a bit anti-climatic, a rather obvious choice even though unlikley for the character in my opinion.
On the whole an okay read but nothing special...more