Skillful writing, compelling storyline and filled with heart-wrenching vignettes of people (from Europe, the United Kingdom and beyond) experiencing the opening days of a future war.
You can tell by the book’s cover image that this novel, the first of a much anticipated series, expands on the advanced technology war we were introduced to in the deservedly successful ‘Repulse’ (published last year). Repulse provided a vast picture taken by a wide-frame lens. Now, Onslaught begins to focus in and gives us, in essence, snapshots of the many details. The author’s technique works very well indeed for this story.
Science fiction is not my usual genre of choice but I am consistently drawn into the writing from Chris James because he allows his stories to unfold through the well-drawn characters’ thoughts and actions. And he does so here, brilliantly.
With so many timelines - readers in the present learning about a history of a war that happens in the future – the plot and action would have been cumbersome in less capable hands. But the author draws us in and keeps us fully immersed in the action, moving among decision-makers, pawns and the citizens on the ground whose lives will be/were forever changed (and in some cases ended) by those crucial decisions.
Thoroughly engaging. I highly recommend this novel that blends science fiction and military history. I can't wait to read the next in the series!!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5375 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B08B7NLZBY
- Publisher: Chris James (16 September 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074TSV43P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)