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DESTINY CAN BE CHANGED.
Jutland, Denmark: a billionaire industrialist seizes control of a top-secret project that the European Defence Agency calls Destiny, manipulating it for his own ends.
Edinburgh, Scotland: physicist Neil Aldridge’s life is saved by an elite EU special forces team, codenamed KESTREL, drawing him into a race against time to prevent a disaster that will claim millions of lives.
As the chase leads to London, Amsterdam and beyond, Aldridge and his allies must battle a ruthless adversary: a trained killer with an unnatural ability, who seeks to hasten the cataclysm.
With time running out, Aldridge discovers that he and his enemy share an astonishing secret, which may be the key to salvation — or cause death on an unprecedented scale…
A phenomenally enjoyable read!
Matt Gemmell’s first novel is, I think, quite likely the best fictionalized interpretation of the famous Schrödinger paradox (you know, the one featuring the cat that’s either dead or alive). But lest one think this book will appeal only to physics geeks, belay that thought: this adventure-thriller is a legitimate page-turner, and will delight anyone who appreciates a well-crafted story. Matt has an uncanny ability to draw characters who instantly leap off the page and into one’s imagination — and stay there, well beyond the last pages of this first volume in what promises to be a terrific series.
Hard to put down
Matt Gemmell’s first novel delivers. A gripping story, well paced, with believable characters and exciting action, definitely hard to put down. Highly recommended.
A great first novel that kept me reading well into the night
I'm a picky, fussy reader who lays unforgivingly into minor plot holes and unexplained miracles. I've given more than one action or sci-fi novel a bad review for not convincing me. Fortunately, Changer kept me reading until well into the night (early morning, actually).
What I like about author Matt Gemmell's writing on his website is what I like about this book: he likes people, and he seems a lot like a good person. That's important when it comes time to write characters that are likable in addition to whatever other jobs they have in the book. I'm glad there were plenty of hateful people here as well, but I hate books that I come away from realizing there was no one in them I really cared what happened to.
Another big problem with a lot of first novels that I've read lately is tortured writing and overwrought use of language, as though each sentence was created to house a noticeable section of thesaurus. Mr. Gemmell doesn't subscribe to that school of writing; his style is descriptive and detailed, but he stays out of the way and lets the story unfold. His clear writing never calls attention to itself, but does properly engage the reader in the story. Well done there.
I do have some questions about anti-tachyons and force-duels on chapel rooftops, but in the case of Changers, I'm ok with that. Sometimes hand-wavy insistences that I not think too hard are annoying to me, but I didn't feel that way here. I'm not sure I 100% buy it, but at the same time, the story was solid enough that it didn't bother me much.
What I do know for certain is that I want to read more books in this series, and from this author in general. Congratulations on the first novel, Matt. I hope we see the next one soon!