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The X-Files: Whirlwind by Charles Grant

01/10/2008. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Titan. 274 page paperback. Price: 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84856-080-2).

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If you like Mulder and Scully and want to feel their presence, then this novel offers an extended episode of the TV series.

The twin-some two investigate a phenomenon in the heartlands of America. Seemingly unconnected victims are subjected to horrific torture and injury. Their bodies offer little clue as to who or what could have caused it. There is no logical explanation, hence the X-Files connection. It's a long way from the office and the hostility they encounter from the local law enforcement is just part of the difficulty they have. The local lady rancher is a Native American who left the local reservation for Hollywood and never came back. Then there is the lady who sells the native goods who seems to know more than she is saying. Whatever is happening, it's a continuing threat and Mulder and Scully must face it down themselves. It's getting hotter and not just the weather.

Actually, it is mainly the weather as the Scully and Mulder characters are on re-set to only minor flirting and no hint of a relationship. It's a mystery story with supernatural elements framed by 'The X-Files' franchise. It's a straightforward read and adds nothing to the original show. Purists will possibly recoil from this blatant misuse of their favourite characters. This book was written as a tie-in when the original series was aired and re-released now as part of the publicity campaign for the recent film release. I can't see it winning over new fans, its best to go back to the TV series for that. That is cheap these days and you get more for your money than this minor mystery.

A quick read but doesn't add anything to the legend.

Sue Davies

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