I have featured Nick Rippington previously on my site. He is one of my favourite indie authors. But this time he has surpassed all my expectations with a new book that is simply stunning.
If possible, I would have awarded 10 stars. This book is much more than amazing.
The author, Nick Rippington, himself describes it as “Alice in Wonderland… with tanks and guns.” Well, he’s right and it’s not hype.
Not only did this novel remind me of Lewis Carroll’s works, but it also reminded me of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and other works of theirs in their hallucinogenic inspired songs and albums. Rippington himself is aware of that in his writing as he references both ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and the phrase ‘magical mystery tour.’
So far, I may have mislead you because this book is a real thriller. It travels along at the speed of sound and though the things happening to Emerson Rabette are fantastic, they are so believable at the same time. That’s difficult to do as a writer but Mr Rippington manages it with ease and much panache.
The characters are wonderfully drawn with some scintillating dialogue. The plot is fabulous with many twists and turns. There are some serious issues underpinning the plot but the author deals with them in a sympathetic and sensitive fashion. I’m a big fan of his Boxer Boys Collection having read all three in the series. In this book, however, he has gone out on a ‘creative limb’ and really pulled it off.
Final thoughts: it’s one of the best and most original books I have read in a long time. It would also make a great movie and I hope a production company options this book, pronto, as I would love to see the adaption on the big screen.
I must thank the author and publisher for an ARC of the book. I have already pre-ordered it too.
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