Author: Adrian Green

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Hurst (The Hurst Chronicles Book 1) – Robin Crumby

Hurst is set in the near future following a catastrophic outbreak of a deadly virus that brings civilisation across the world to its knees. Robin Crumby has aimed his dystopian tale at teens and young adults, tapping into the market created by The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner series among others. This can be a tricky feat: the writing needs to have enough bite to keep the pages turning but also not be too focussed on vileness to render it unsuitable for the target audience; on the whole, the writer achieves this with a few questionable moments that...

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Outsourced – Eric J. Gates

I started Outsourced with mixed feelings: impressed by the high star ratings given by other reviewers but dismayed by the off-putting front cover. I was immediately buoyed by the first few, rapid-fire chapters: the writing was slick, the opening intriguing and I was sensing a page-turner. However, my optimism turned to skepticism as I realised the author was attempting to incorporate a supernatural twist to his thriller. You sense that Eric J. Gates, via one the main protagonists, Nic, is a little uneasy about his plot line too as he strives to explain the existence of a pen that...

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Reclamation: Book One Of The Art Of War Trilogy – Richard Swan

In Richard Swan’s impressive debut book, Reclamation (part one of a trilogy), the human race is projected centuries into the future and is now governed by a conglomerate of human-controlled planets called the United Nations, headed by an obnoxious president. Alien races have been encountered and graded using a tier system, with humans taking a prominent role in Tier Three which is composed of races with similar technological development. However, humans are not the dominant force; a highly developed, insect-like race, the provar, are more powerful, certainly in numbers and with a military tech edge. The focus of the...

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The Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers, Saga 1: The Uncooperative Flying Carpet – Michele Clark McConnochie

Michele Clark McConnochie’s first children’s novel, The Uncooperative Flying Carpet, will not only appeal to tweenagers but also to their parents. There is so much to like about this book: the wry humour and sense of fun throughout make the story a joy to read, and I think it would work well as a read-aloud story, as well as one for children to read to themselves. Also, the print version of the book is available for dyslexic readers – a definite plus. The main characters – Sabrina, her younger brother Rory, Sabrina’s best friend Persis, and Sabrina’s schoolyard enemy Olive –...

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