Thursday, July 30, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: "Walk In The Flesh" by Peter Bailey
Terrorists killed his wife.
In the aftermath of a terrorist attack Neil is given the chance to serve his country by serving up revenge. He soon becomes England's premier spy and assassin. As a man he was unpleasant, dangerous and of little use. As a cyborg he is unpleasant, very dangerous but extremely useful. His suicide missions fit his strengths and his weaknesses. He exacts vengeance, kills without mercy, then destroys the evidence, himself. The aftermath is someone else's problem.
The scientists who created this nanotechnology knew they were creating a monster. They did not know that Neil was already monstrous. What can they tell their superiors when Neil's atrocities escalate? With every mission a success, will the bureaucrats even care?
But Neil is worse than homicidal and psychopathic, he's untidy. When he leaves his severed head intact in Iran, he leaves the pathologist a dangerous clue. If she discovers his secret it may destroy England's only chance to survive in a terrorists' transformed world. The humanity of every member of this top secret team will be maximally tested when they are ordered to send this powerful psychotic assassin on a rescue mission.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Satire. Techno-speak. Terrorists. Revenge. A PG-13 book that mixes Strike Back and Terminator for a ride that is, if not edge-of-your-seat awesome, a very good, slightly violent rollercoaster.
This story was nearly 80k words but read much faster. There's more action than dialogue, which I do prefer, and the action was very well written. I think the author fell a bit short somewhere in the middle, but made up for it during the suspenseful and twisting ending.
Despite the main character being a cyborg, he has a very compelling humanity to him. His personality leave a bit to be desired, but that doesn't take away from the story at all.
The book shows how technology could advance, and it is a bit frightening when you think about the realistic possibilities, but when you set those aside and just read, it really does seem like just good sci-fi mixed with a little patriotism.
3/5--worth a read!
Purchase Walk In The Flesh via the publisher's site.