Wednesday 9 July 2014

Book Review#21. - Radio Hope

It is funny how something as important and fulfilling as reading can slip from your daily routine.  Like a good many, I spend a lot of time reading at work, this combined with keeping up with the many splendid weblogs that I follow rather leaves me with little time to get to grips with the latest page turner – I am either too tired or too easily distracted.   So Radio Hope by Sean McLachlan was just what I needed to get me back in the habit, as it were.

This is a cracking little tale set in the near future; with just enough reference to the past to prick the social conscience of the reader.   The world, as we know it, has been ravished by war and ecological disasters and is now populated by inhabitants that will seem all to familiar to those that enjoy the genre.  It is the interaction between the various factions that drive the story and Sean paces this first instalment in the ‘Toxic World’ series beautifully.  To quote directly from the book:

In a world shattered by war, pollution and disease. . .

A gunslinging mother longs to find a safe refuge for her son.

A frustrated revolutionary delivers water to villagers living on a toxic waste dump.
The assistant mayor of humanity's last city hopes he will never have to take command.
One thing gives them the promise of a better future--Radio Hope, a mysterious station that broadcasts vital information about surviving in a blighted world. But when a mad prophet and his army of fanatics march out of the wildlands on a crusade to purify the land with blood and fire, all three will find their lives intertwining, and changing forever.

The fast paced and well constructed narrative make this a quick read and I couldn’t help think of it more as a screenplay that a novel.  There is a sense that Sean is very much teeing up a series rather than a stand alone story, but it is not necessary the poorer for it.   I shall certainly be interested to see how he approaches book two, perhaps from a completely different perspective?  Perhaps looking at the siege of  the city from of the fanatics?  Certainly lots of ideas for gaming scenarios and for that Radio Hope is awarded three crowns. 


  1. There's nothing quite like settling into bed at night with a good book before one goes to sleep. In the past I couldn't imagine a time when I wouldn't have time for such things, but that time is here and it's a shame.

    It sounds like you found a good one and I hope the wait for the second book isn't too long a one.

  2. This book sounds a lot like a certzin computer game I played a while back, but it does sound like a very good rear nonetheless.
    It is certainly one to put on the list, thanks for the heads up.

  3. Must resist........ I try to read 30-45 mins or more before bed


  4. Sounds pretty neat. Always good to read some fiction befire retiring and yes, easy for it to slip fomr the routine if we're not careful.

  5. Sounds like a good read Michael I'm currently reading the fifth book in Charlie Higson's The Dead series thoroughly enjoying it so far!

    1. Those The Dead books are bloody marvellous aren't they?

  6. I read this book recently and it's a good read.

  7. Sounds intruiging. Alas I don't get much reading time.

  8. Last year I was well in the groove and finished over 40 books throughout the year. This year I have yet to crack 10. Too distracted with real life concerns withe move and whatnot I guess.

    I hope to find something soon to grab my attention and maybe this is it - thanks!

  9. Sounds like a nice little page turner dude. There is never enough time.

  10. I can also recommend highly the Department 19 books by Will Hill. Vampires are real but are they a menace to society just because we, in secret, say they are? This and many other moral maze type questions are addressed in this really excellent series of books.

  11. Thanks for your kind words about Radio Hope. I just got back from a sunburnt road trip around Soria visiting castles and it made my evening. Book Two of the Toxic World series, Refugees from the Righteous Horde, came out this week.
    Glad I inspired you to paint a Riot Grrl!


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