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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Book Review: One Word Kill (Impossible Times Book 1) by Mark Lawrence

One Word Kill (Impossible Times Book 1) 
by Mark Lawrence
May 1, 2019
201 pages
Ready Player One meets Stranger Things in this new novel by the bestselling author who George RR Martin describes as “an excellent writer.”

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.

If you are a techie, Sci-fi enthusiast or one who enjoys tragedy combined with love and loyalty this book is for you.

Some might be mired in technical jargon but above all the author seamlessly blends it with a great story about the struggle of a young man with cancer. This is not a "downer" read. It is a story of hope and consequences.

I appreciated the correlations or the suggestion this might be a "chemo" brain delusion or dream rendition. Is this experience real? The time traveler returning to save the young man's life? Is there really infinite time links occurring in everyone's existence?

I for one was glued to this story. The writing is exceptional with the perfect amount of science fiction and heart pulling emotions.

Young adults will surely relate to this story of a 15-year-old boy struggling with the big 'C' in his exceptional brain. He experiences fear, wonder, loyalty, and love in this quest to discover what is real and what might be delusion. I for one am anxiously awaiting the second book in this trilogy, hoping for more development in my own search for answers to his questions!

4.5 sheep


About the Author:

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science ... oh wait, it actually is'.

Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

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