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One Word Kill

Impossible Times, Book 1
Narrated by: Matthew Frow
Series: Impossible Times, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ready Player One meets Stranger Things in this thrilling new novel by bestselling author Mark Lawrence.

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week. 

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange - yet curiously familiar - man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help - now. 

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics. 

Challenge accepted.

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Lawrence at his best!

I’ve read every one of mark lawrence’s series, and this is by far the most engaging story yet. Full of twists and turns, with plenty of call backs to a decade I grew up in. The story was energetic, fast paced, and it never seems to slow down. I cannot wait to see if he writes a sequel to this brilliant book!

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beautiful

Not shure what I expected when i started this book but it was awesome love the book and the reader

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Disapointing and with an awfull narrator

Let me preface this by stating that I absolutely love all of Lawrence other books.

This one felt like it was written by an entirely different author. Far less attention to detail, glaring holes in the plot and characters that felt flat and underdeveloped.

Not a series I'll return to.

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Unexpected

As a fan of Mark Lawrence's work I was uncertain about this venture into SF. Totally different, but with the same great character development. Thoroughly enjoyable, with terrific narration. Finished in one sitting.

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Read this book

This is an instant classic, brilliant in every way. Matk Lawrence has given us a true masterpiece. READ THIS BOOK.

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Fantastic

This is the first book by Mark Lawrence that I have read but it will not be the last.

I don't often read young adult Sci-fi/ fantasy but this book sounded interesting.

I am so happy I got the chance to read and review this book. It is very well written and it is very well written. I have hooked onto the story pretty much right away.

I can't wait to read more in the series and I already have the second book to read and review so you will be seeing that review close to release day.


I am giving this 4 out of 5.

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cool!

I liked it, a bit dark with the whole cancer thing, but time travel is amazing yay

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Fantastico!

This book was nothing like I expected but so much better.

It’s down to earth. Great characters. I’ve tried several Mark Lawrence books, this is the first I’ve liked. Good work.

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Wow

Great book that has you admire the writing style of Mark Lawrence. Ready for 2.

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  • Simon
  • 05-01-19

Dicing With Death!

80s nostalgia, time travel, nerd meets girl, Dungeons and Dragons - I am Nick Harris, I was Nick Harris, I can't do the time travel, unfortunately. Most importantly as you can guess I am most definitely squarely in the centre of the target market that Mark Lawrence was aiming at with this story!

This took me back to those long sessions of rolling dice, great feats of imagined heroism and most fantastic fellowship with old friends who while definitely not forgotten, long or otherwise, are too distant and far too seldom seen. I even just got out my old dice and rolled them a few times to mark the occasion of finishing this book. Sad I know, but true.

It's a cracking little story, I can see why they have likened it to Ready Player One though this is more an adventure involving a time traveller than a time travel story or quite such a zany adventure as Cline's smash hit. It is, however, a story that delivers on its quite excellent premise and while it's not quite as full of the wider 80s nostalgia it does capture the decade nicely and populates it with a set of characters that are very easy on the ear.

Be prepared though that it's not just a nice cutesy nostalgia trip, 80s big cities weren't the easiest of places to live in and so it proves here with Nick and the gang facing some very tough dilemmas. The overall chemistry is worked brilliantly for me, though it was almost designed for me personally. It will be interesting to see what other reviewers, possibly from slightly different demographics think about it.

My recommendation regardless is to give it a try . . . roll those bones!

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  • JPA
  • 05-22-19

Kept me guessing throughout

I didn't know what to expect going into this. I've read and listened to Mark's fantasy trilogies and loved them, so had to try this out.

Well written and clever as ever, intriguing and surprising, poignant and full of feeling. Tense at times and punchy action sequences that weren't over the top.

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I'm not a fan of time travel, so struggled with that (main) element, despite how well it was tackled and delivered. D&D sections were great and the characters entertaining. Overall, I'm intrigued to find out what comes next. Narration was good.

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  • sonvagun
  • 05-08-19

Wasn't what I expected...

... but really enjoyed it. Finished Holy Sister, and went straight into One Word Kill, do you need to read Marks other works to enjoy this? No, but you should!