Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Dead Hand - Harold Coyle

I read a lot of books and I couldn't possibly keep them all. Believe me, I have tried that in the past. My mother was a book horder and I caught the habit from here. However that has changed, spending two years on the road taught me to be more discerning. I no longer keep all of the books I read, the majority of them get passed on to friends or left in bus stops.

Every now and then a book comes along that I just cant blindly give away. "Dead Hand" by Harold Coyle is one of those books.

To be honest I cant imagine ever giving up one of his books as every one I've read has hooked me from the outset and I've ended up devouring them in a couple of days.

"Dead Hand" is a military thriller with a story of Epic Proportions! As the cover itself gives away, a huge asteroid hits the Russian tundra cauing terrible destruction and activating the "Dead Hand" that would fire all of the remaining Nukes.

So with that premise Nato moves to prevent the Dead Hand scenario and we have a terrific military adventure story.

Harold likes to show both sides in his stories and he does that here with a wonderful and absorbing manner. We follow the exploits of SAS, Foreign Legion and Spetnatz.

The characters are real men and you feel for them as they enter the field and have to deal with the terrible facts of modern warfare.

I was blown away by how good this book was. I really quite upset when it ended as I wanted more of his excellent work to feast my eyes with.


Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Seize the Night - Dean Koontz

I've read many Koontz books in my time and enjoyed many of them. This one, was outstanding!

The story follows the nocturnal adventures of Mr Snow a young man with an allergy to light. Therefore he sleeps by day and becomes active by night. The story only covers a couple of days(nights) and is jam packed with adventure, horror and a darn good plot line that will keep you hooked.

The story is set in a town where a an made bug has escaped that mutates men and beasts, often turning them mad and violent. Yet it is a slow acting thing, and the government, including the local police are acting more often than not to hide the strange happenings rather than trying to help the people involved.

This book was a real page turner, and I ended up staying up later than I should while reading it. This is a sequel but you do not have to have read the previous book. I am however on the lookout for the prequel because this book was so good.

Rated : 8/10