The way space travel is done is about to change, from journeys of months to journeys of minutes/hours. It must feel like the difference between planesThe way space travel is done is about to change, from journeys of months to journeys of minutes/hours. It must feel like the difference between planes and ships. That is what the main character in this book River changes. The Galactic Highway. An amazing invention that changes everything.
But not all is glory and life of leisure, sinister things are happening in the background right beneath everyone's noses. A hidden force that has changed the path of history over millennia. It's up to River and his space captain friend Stuart to oppose this threat.
Kevin has fleshed out a magnificent solar system where a lot of the planets have been colonized and the human race is just beginning to master space. It feels like the characters could to go to any of these places and explore, unlike say in a Spaghetti Western where all the buildings are just fake fronts and nothing is real.
The book gives you time to soak in the atmosphere and get to know the characters before the tension and story line ramps up. The grip gets tighter right until the end and doesn't let go until the time is right.
Overall the story is great and not too complex that a casual reader can't pick it up. It's one of those stories that will stay with you for a while and you will want to return to for more. ...more
A must read for anyone interested in how the brain works. Full of great stories and insight into how we can improve ourselves and how seemingly bad siA must read for anyone interested in how the brain works. Full of great stories and insight into how we can improve ourselves and how seemingly bad situations can be beaten. ...more
I won this book through the First Reads program here on Goodreads.
First of all it's always lovely to get a signed book. Something special about knowinI won this book through the First Reads program here on Goodreads.
First of all it's always lovely to get a signed book. Something special about knowing that the author held the book in their hands at some stage.
With it being a children's book I was a bit skeptical at first on whether I would enjoy it, but I had no need to worry, it was fast paced and stuff for people of all ages to enjoy.
The children Sian, Owen and David were likable and almost instantly relate able, it reminded me of road trips I used to go on when younger. Bringing back good memories. Martin does a wonderful job of getting into the minds of the children. Their desires, motivation and feelings.
As with any book things soon go bad for the characters. Ghosts, men in robes and seaweed crawling out of the woodwork. Challenges the kids meet head on.
There were a few bits of the story that jumped ahead quite suddenly, but once I had gone back a bit and read it again I understood what was going on. Sometimes it was just myself reading too fast to find out what happened next.
Overall a great book that has every right to be a classic. I especially recommend it to people interested in Welsh mythology. ...more
I won this novel through the First Reads program on Goodreads. Adding another lovely signed copy to my growing collection.
No book more than any otherI won this novel through the First Reads program on Goodreads. Adding another lovely signed copy to my growing collection.
No book more than any other has made me more grateful to have been born in modern times. Just little over 100 years ago things were a lot different. Even the slightest infection could kill a man. But human history is a learning curve and we have to go through all the stages. Through trial and error we have reached our current state of modern science. Not that today's medical practices are perfect. Far from it, there's still a lot to learn.
To the story itself the characters are memorable, each personal account seeming to be more tragic than the last. Everyone of them doing their best to survive a ghastly war. Everyone from a loyal monkey to a drug addicted surgeon this novel has it all. Told from both sides of the war you really get the feel that all of them would rather not be there.
Every detail of the book felt historically correct, not once did I feel the wording or setting didn't belong in the book. I put it down to a lot of research and the author's own personal experience.
Human nature can be a very scary thing and this novel has captured it more than any other I have read. Pushing characters to their limits and beyond. Showing that people will sometimes will do just about everything to survive.
The surgery and its fine detail is where the author's talent shines through the most. Sometimes stomach churningly so, more horrifying that any scary monster you can find. Not that it should put you off, it keeps you going, making you wonder what the characters will have to endure next.
The letters home from the soldiers and replies from family were some of the most heartbreaking parts of the book. Comprising of everyday happenings and their longing for each other and for their loved ones to survive, but not only that, come out whole.
Overall a satisfying tale that every over zealous promoter of war should read. ...more