You thought Big Brother was tough? Try Knife Edge - the reality TV show where wannabe knife fighters are the celebrities in a nation going to hell. Britain, tomorrow. The ultimate response to knife crime has been instituted by a bankrupt government: Duelling with knives has now been legalised. On Saturday nights, the nation sit down to watch the country’s best fighters slash it out on prime time.
When a young boy with hoplophobia (the fear of weaponry) runs away from home, his father hires a former special forces agent to find him. With the help of the boy’s psychiatrist, Josh Cumberland delves into the dark underbelly of the knife culture that has infected his country with no guarantee that the boy is even still alive….
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"John Meaney is a spectacular writer; he makes SF seem all fresh and new again. The only real paradox is why he's so well known in the UK and such a secret in North America. Hopefully, that will soon change: he's one of the most original voices, and most insightful thinkers, the genre has ever produced." (Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author)
"Cumberland leaps off the page, a trained killer whose anger and grief at his daughter’s condition is brilliantly portrayed; the depiction of his simmering rage, barely held in check, and how he channels it, provides a masterclass in characterisation." (The Guardian)
"The first important new SF writer of the 21st Century." (The Times)
Part near future science fiction, part techno thriller and with a dash of some quite cutting humour, this is story telling at it's best.
Whilst the books description presented an interesting concept, it really describes only the backdrop to the story, the book is so much more.
In the earliest stages of the book, I found the main characters not particularly likeable but give it an hour or so and things sloly change, then they take you over completely.
Whilst there were a couple of pronounciation slips in the narration, Colin Mace is still an excellent choice for narrator and he addes a depth to the characters that words alone can not do. Well and truly a 5 star narration.
this is one of this years standouts to be added to Audibles collection, just a superb book.
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