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The Razor Gate by [Cregan, Sean]
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The second brilliant novel from the author of The Levels - Sean Cregan. In Newport City men and women walk the streets, their lives literally ticking away. The Clocks are victims of a new serial crime, their existence kept secret by the authorities for fear of panic spreading through the city. Kidnapped by the mysterious Curator and subjected to the Curse - a medical procedure which ensures a fatal drug will be released into their nervous system one year after implantation - they are headed for certain death. But now they are fighting back. A suicidal Clock, determined to bring their plight to the public's attention, has detonated a bomb. Journalist Maya Cassinelli, whose ex-boyfriend is one of the dead, and cop Charlie Garrett, whose Clock girlfriend is about to die, are on a desperate search for answers, closely shadowed by members of the elite Foundation, who want control of the Curse's revolutionary and lucrative bio-technology. With everyone hunting the Cure, who will find it first? The Clocks are ticking...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (6 January 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF622U
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense, intelligent, engaging thriller 1 July 2011
By Elizabeth A. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Death. It's not a pleasant topic under even the best of circumstances. And even though we all know we're going to die eventually, the idea that there are things we can do to live healthy and prolong our lives gives us at least some feeling of comfort and control. But what if you knew exactly when you were going to die? Not only did you know, but that it was exactly 1 year away and there was absolutely nothing you could do to prolong or prevent it? That's the situation facing the "Clocks" in author Sean Cregan's The Razor Gate.

Someone in Newport City has developed a powerful new medical technology, and unfortunately for the populace it's being used in a terrifying way. People are being randomly taken, injected with a fatal virus, and returned. Sometimes they're returned to where they were taken from, other times they wake up in a random location. Always, however, they find a note informing them they have exactly one year to live, and that their countdown to death is irreversible. They have been given The Curse.

The authorities know about the Curse, but have worked hard to keep its existence under wraps for fear of starting a panic. The lid gets blown off, literally, when a Clock with nothing to lose detonates a bomb on a crowded street in the heart of the city, killing dozens and injuring scores more. Now two people who were at the scene and survived, cop Charlie Garrett whose girlfriend is a Clock, and journalist Maya Cassinelli who knew the apparent target of the bombing, are dead set on getting to the bottom of who's behind the Curse. They aren't the only ones, however, as a powerful secret organization known as The Foundation also wants answers so they can take control of the technology behind the Curse for their own financial gain. It's literally a race against time to see who will be the first to secure the source of the Curse, and a potential cure for it.

In The Razor Gate, author Sean Cregan has created an intense, intelligent, engaging thriller. The near-future Newport City is brought vividly to life under Cregan's skillful hand, with the setting being familiar enough to feel real, but just foreign enough to feel exotic. Blackwater Port, a floating city within the city, is particularly intricately laid out, and its unique location and culture give it a decidedly ominous presence, making it almost a character itself. And while on its face The Razor Gate is a straight-up thriller, there are larger societal issues being addressed just under the surface, particularly the never-ending struggle between the rich and poor.

Cregan also handles the brutal reality faced by the Clocks adeptly, describing the various reactions those affected have - anger, stunned disbelief, renewed vigor to enjoy the time they have left - as well as the ripple effects their condition has on those who love them. None of us want to die anytime soon, but you should definitely want to take a trip through The Razor Gate.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotham without Batman 4 April 2011
By Sean the Bookonaut - Published on Amazon.com
The Razor Gate. by Sean Cregan, is the second novel set in a gritty 'not quite-SF urban weird "biohazard noir" with horror to follow at some point'(1) world. Cregan also writes crime novels as John Rickards.

The Story

A person or persons unknown are randomly infecting residents of Newport City with a nanotech engineered agent that gives them one year to live.

Its labelled The Curse by those who have it and the powers that be fight to ensure that it remains an urban legend until they can control and patent the technology for their own gain.

Thrown together in this mix is a cop nearing the end of his career, sick of the graft and corruption, a fledgling journalist who has come up against the powers that be and lost, a group of urban terrorists and new age cult - just to spice it up a little. Its a race against time as the cop and the journalist attempt to find a cure and save his girlfriend. They are thwarted at every turn by Foundation members engaged in power plays and terrorists bent on administering their own justice.

Gotham without Batman

The darkness in this book is ever present and pressing, the cops are corrupt and the power brokers known as The foundation rule with an almost omnipresent iron will. Its the Gotham of Dark Knight without the hope of a caped crusader swooping in to administer justice. It verges on a dystopia with scenes of the Port; a floating district, cobbled together from years of illegal boat arrivals juxtaposed with the very rich ensconced in their glass fortresses.

What I liked

Cregan has a definite flair for noir, and I enjoyed his almost artistic approach to painting the the novels landscape. The action, when it started was quick and nasty, as suits the genre. It has echoes of 80s cyberpunk, without the advances in technology but theres a definite sense of despair, that things dont get better, they just go on.

What I didnt

While the sketching out the world of Newport City is beautiful and I loved it, it did take a while to ramp up the pace. The first half of the book felt a little slow to be a thriller, though its well enough paced to be a crime/mystery novel. I would have preferred it to be a little faster, though no doubt this would have impacted on the gritty ambiance that Cregan creates.

Final thoughts

The Razor Gate is at its core a mystery come thriller novel. It does, however, flirt with some spec-fic elements, the power wielded by some of the factions seems a little left of centre to consider it a traditional thriller and the new age cult makes the Branch Davidians seem quiet normal.

Overall a pleasurable read with a few surprises at the end.

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Note: This book was provided to me, by the publisher, at no cost to myself.