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Book Title: Code apocalypse|
The author of the book: Alex Scarrow
ISBN 13: 9782092536889
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.57 MB
Date of issue: October 25th 2012
Read full description of the books Code apocalypse:"Can we have a serious review please Stu? No, no you can't!"
What I learnt from this novel -
* Robin Hood was actually a cyborg - that explains the tights.
* It was cold in 1192, I know this as I read it 8 times over 4 pages.
* Women were referred to as 'strumpets' - I knew this though, but made me chuckle.
* The author is terrible at French.
*About the Voynich manuscript.
This is the third book in Alex Scarrow's Timeriders" and one to be forgotten in my opinion. As we know, Liam, Sal and Maddy were snapped from the jaws of death with seconds to spare. How you may ask? Obviously through the use of a time machine. Cutting through all the chaff here, they find themselves working for the, ready? THE AGENCY *shudders*. This time around they find themselves in olden times once again, 1192AD to be precise. The time of bow and arrows, swords and wenches being brought for half a copper. I'm only guessing it was half a cooper!
Welcome to England, Nottingham, getting a idea what the setting is? Robin Hood, the man, the myth, some say legend, some say thieving bastard. Prince John is left sitting on the throne while his big brother and King, Richard I is playing Crusader. According to this version of history, Richard set off for this crusade by bankrupting his realm, improvishing the people and to claim something long forgotten. A key, of sorts. The Grail, Pandora's Box, whichever you wish to call it. Previous to that, a complete random discovers a manuscript, which he alone is able to decipher. Que drum roll.
Bob and Becks are bio-mechanical beings that THE AGENCY vat grow to protect there operatives, that being Liam O'Connor. These 'clones' remind me of the Terminator. Which is no bad thing in my book. It's rather amusing to see how they play out on the page. They secretly want to be 'human' - I know, the irony. Hells going to break loss at some point and the machines are going to take over the world!!
So what's my problem with this book? Well, it was such a blur. I have difficulty in getting to grips with the four paged chapters. The story is really just too fast paced for my liking. Rein it in a bit Alex, you're not giving the reader time to digest what your writing! If I was nip-picking (though some would find it a issue) the writer keeps telling the reader how COLD England is during winter. I've also previously mentioned how Maddy is, well, irritating. She is like a itch you can't reach or that fly buzzing about, which you can't squish, mainly because you don't know Kung-Fu! At times I felt like grabbing some tomato sauce and eating the book, so to stop the teeth-grinding that was apparently coming from me, when Maddy had one of her whiny rants!
"O.M.G. It's all too much, I can't take it anymore!"
"I'm in charge, you do what I say"
"Why did they put me in charge, I've no clue what I'm doing"
*squeezes tomato sauce everywhere*
Better, just hiding those lines I'm getting tired of reading. As a writer, I'd hope you'd have a clear definition or idea of how you want to portray you're characters. Maddy comes across as a schizophrenic whiny annoying brat, when she isn't meant to. In the TV series "Homeland" the character played by Claire Danes is meant to be a schizophrenic, Maddy is not. Get on it. There I've said my piece!
Firstly, I just want to point out I never used tomato sauce on this book. There have been times when I've wanted to eat a book, mainly academic ones, but a 1000 page tome is a meal for a week (and a mouthful!). Besides, ruins your teeth. You may ask why I keep reading the series. Well, I've brought the first 8 books, so want to finish them over time.
There are good points about the book. The role-reversal of personas that Prince John and Richard The I play is refreshing. John isn't the usual evil-git we've come to know. He is a victim of his brothers greed and bloodthirsty lustre. Richard on the other hand is a nasty-bugger and has no qualms about beheading 3000 Muslims during his sacking of Acre (this actually happened) or doing the same to the peasants of Nottingham who, eventually, stand up to him.
It's a good read for a alternative history. If you're a stickler for authenticity, then don't read this series. I however will stick with it, as I'm a positive guy, so will hold out in hope that the series will improve. If not, there's always the ketchup *nomnomnom*. Happy eating, ehem I mean reading.
Read information about the authorI live a nomadic existence with my wife Frances, and son Jacob. For now we're living in Norwich. I spent the first 10 years out of college in the music business chasing record deals and the next 12 years in the computer games business as a graphic artist and eventually a games designer. For those of you who like their computer games, here's some of the titles I've worked on:
Waterworld, Evolva, The Thing, Spartan, Gates of Troy, Legion Arena
Since signing up as an author with Orion, I seem to spend most of my time hunched over my laptop in various cafes and coffee bars sipping lattes, tapping keys and watching the ebb and flow of shoppers outside on the street. As I write this, I'm awaiting the launch of my next book - the sequel to , LAST LIGHT, and getting ready to find a publisher for the first book in a separate series, ELLIE QUIN. Ahead of me, lies research work for my next thriller, and also some screenplays I'm looking forward to writing. Although I'm glad to be where I am now, I do occasionally kick myself for not having succumbed to the writing bug much earlier. But then we all just muddle along through life, don't we? There's rarely a plan.
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