Sunday, 4 December 2016

Heart Of Granite by James Barclay

Heart Of Granite by James Barclay
Published in the UK by Gollancz in August 2016.

I registered my copy of this book on BookCrossing

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How I got this book:
Won in a Goodreads giveaway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world has become a battleground in a war which no side is winning. But for those determined to retain power, the prolonged stalemate cannot be tolerated so desperate measures must be taken. Max Halloran has no idea. He's living the brief and glorious life of a hunter-killer pilot. He's an ace in the air, on his way up through the ranks, in love, and with his family's every need provided for in thanks for his service, Max has everything . . . . . . right up until he hears something he shouldn't have, and refuses to let it go. Suddenly he's risking his life and the lives of all those he cares about for a secret which could expose corruption at the highest levels, and change the course of the war. One man, one brief conversation . . . a whole world of trouble

If I hadn't won a copy of Heart Of Granite it is never a book I would have chosen to read so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Set in an unspecified future where the whole of Earth is in the throes of a 1984-style war, this novel is set within a giant 1 kilometre long lizard (yes, you read that correctly!) named the Heart Of Granite which has been bioengineered as a giant troop carrier. Once I got over the 'ewwww' factor of people living and fighting from inside reptiles this idea really worked well and I was intrigued by concepts such as bone architecture, stairs that change gradient with neck angles and flight decks that open out by tail lift - literally!

The story itself has a fairly predictable overall arc although with unexpected details along the way. I loved the Market. Our maverick fighter pilot hero, Max, thumbing his nose at authority could have been taken from any number of American films, but I liked that men and women have equally strong characters and positions of power and the relationship between Max and Martha is deftly portrayed. Barclay keeps up a fantastic pace throughout the novel and the prose is easy so Heart Of Granite is a thrilling ride into an exciting alien future.

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