The Nameless Horror

TRG: Reviewage

Couple of reviews of TRG are floating on the google seas. Several arms of a local newspaper group up north are carrying this one:

The Razor Gate is a tense, gritty and brutal story with a cleverly worked and moving undertone.

Frighteningly addictive.

Edit: Somehow I missed this part:

Sean Cregan, who admits to taking up writing at university in the US as a way of escaping his engineering degree, has become a master of the thriller genre.

His books resonate with blood-soaked action, psychological drama and nail-biting tension.

Aw, that’s a pull-quote right there. And lovely to see someone thinking of me as American. Which, as every American who’s ever read anything I’ve written knows, isn’t something that happens, or is likely to happen, often…

While the Fringe ezine says this:

This is the second book in a dark urban thriller by Sean Cregan and the first one I have read by this author. Cregan writes a tight and fast paced novel with short chapters in the style of James Patterson – one to two pages per chapter.

The concept of The Razor’s Gate is great, with a serial killer/s knocking out the victims and taking them to perform an operation that results in the victim having exactly twelve months to live. This is discovered by the victim as soon as they wake up and locate the note from the killer stating this fact.

Razor’s Gate is set in the not too distant future where technology allows this medical procedure to take place. The characters are well developed and it is easy to feel for them, especially the victims you get to know.

I found myself wanting to read the first book in the series as I got further along with reading this book to see what the characters were like and how they developed from Cregan’s initial creation.

My only complaint about this book was the ending, which seemed a bit rushed and out of character with the rest of the plot. There were a lot of sub plots tied up at the end, but the overall plot was let down a bit by the fruition of the ending. That being said, the book was very well written up to this point and I would definitely read another book written by this author.

Didn’t like the hovercraft? :( 

This isn’t the first time with either book that people have assumed it’s set in the near future. It’s not, not deliberately and certainly not explicitly, but that impression does seem to be the one that gets made. I shouldn’t be surprised - the goal was always to write cyberpunk without the cyber - but it still interests me.