The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates

The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates. Solaris ‘7.99

Reviewed by Selina Lock

First contact has been made, but no-one is quite sure what the arrival of the Byrzaens heralds. For Jim Leyton it has meant defection from the government agency that trained him, separation from the intelligent gun he relied on, and allying himself with the mysterious inhabitants of the Habitat, in order to rescue the love of his life from the most secure and secret prison there is.

For Philip Kaufmen it meant death, and rebirth as one of only two fully virtual beings in the world, the other being his father. However, assassins are on the loose in Virtuality to finally finish Philip off. No-one knows who to trust or why Byrzaen technology is popping up in unexpected places.

Although a sequel to The Noise Within, this can be read as a standalone book as the relevant background information is neatly woven into the narrative. I expect some of the character development would have more impact to those already invested in them, but I enjoyed it without having read the previous novel.

This is a political thriller that ranges across space and into virtual worlds. The characters are well developed with strong female leads matching the male protagonists step for step. The world set-up and technology is intriguing but not obtrusive, and the fast paced action keeps you hooked. Read this if you like intelligent, entertaining space opera.

The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates. Solaris ‘7.99

Reviewed by Selina Lock

First contact has been made, but no-one is quite sure what the arrival of the Byrzaens heralds. For Jim Leyton it has meant defection from the government agency that trained him, separation from the intelligent gun he relied on, and allying himself with the mysterious inhabitants of the Habitat, in order to rescue the love of his life from the most secure and secret prison there is.

For Philip Kaufmen it meant death, and rebirth as one of only two fully virtual beings in the world, the other being his father. However, assassins are on the loose in Virtuality to finally finish Philip off. No-one knows who to trust or why Byrzaen technology is popping up in unexpected places.

Although a sequel to The Noise Within, this can be read as a standalone book as the relevant background information is neatly woven into the narrative. I expect some of the character development would have more impact to those already invested in them, but I enjoyed it without having read the previous novel.

This is a political thriller that ranges across space and into virtual worlds. The characters are well developed with strong female leads matching the male protagonists step for step. The world set-up and technology is intriguing but not obtrusive, and the fast paced action keeps you hooked. Read this if you like intelligent, entertaining space opera.