Friday, 13 January 2012

The Razor Gate by Sean Cregan

Title: The Razor Gate
Author: Sean Cregan
Publisher: Headline
Published: January 2011
ISBN: 978-0755358090
Rating 3.5/5

The cover on the copy I have is different to the one shown here - it is of a skyline which has been marred by blood splatter.  The spine is red with thick font for the title so it stands out.

The concept of this really intrigued me – to have ticking bombs literally walking around amongst the living and to know when you time is drawing near but that when you pass you’ll cause mass panic & disarray.

The book itself kept me guessing as to the complete plot, and I was swept along with the characters in the pursuit of a cure.  Some parts are a bit gross, overall it’s a brilliant thriller.  I did get a bit irate with Charlie Garrett though, the cop with a personal stake in finding a cure for this ticking curse.  Instead of spending time with those he holds dear he blindly launches into the pursuit of finding the cure.

Book synopsis:
In Newport City men and women walk the streets, their lives literally ticking away. The Clocks are victims of a new serial crime, their existence kept secret by the authorities for fear of a wave of panic spreading through the US East coast city. Kidnapped by the mysterious Curator and subjected to the Curse - a medical procedure which ensures a fatal drug will be released into their nervous system one year after implantation -- they are headed for certain death. But now they are fighting back. A suicidal Clock, determined to bring their plight to the public's attention, has detonated a bomb, killing dozens. Journalist Maya Cassinelli, whose ex-boyfriend is one of the dead, and cop Charlie Garrett, whose Clock girlfriend is about to die, are on a desperate search for answers, closely shadowed by members of the elite Foundation, who want control of the Curse's revolutionary and lucrative bio-technology. With everyone hunting the Cure, who will find it first? The Clocks are ticking...

Source – Many thanks to Headline, a copy was received in return for an honest review.

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