01/12/2009. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Demand Publications, Seattle. 350 page hardback. Price: $24.95 (US), $27.95 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-9664430-9-7.
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I have mixed feelings about James Murdoch's first novel, 'Grey Apocalypse'. The main plot elements are the conspiracy elements of 'The X-Files' and a dash of the healing ability from 'Rosewell High'. Renegade human hybrid Michael Kendon takes on the task of a recently deceased scientist to deliver a power source to a Mexican lighthouse telescope to deflect an alien driven asteroid that is going to wipe out most life on Earth. The elements of the story are seen from Kendon and astronomer Eric Tepler's perspectives leading up to the final confrontation.
Most of the story is convenience plotting with having all the potential set-backs easily solvable that towards the middle of the book there were groans as things fell into place too easily. With all adventure stories you have to have a large element of luck to achieve your goals but there are areas of this where it falls beyond the realms of possibility which reduces any hardships along the way.
Oddly, the book is actually very readable, although I suspect many readers will complete the book just to see if they were right. Despite the dilemmas, 'Grey Apocalypse' is very much safe Science Fiction. It won't stretch you and will probably please readers who like a simplified adventure. If Murdoch is to progress, though, then he is going to have to work on developing some original ideas. Without that, this book will only be a one-off.
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