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Book Title: Overdrive|
The author of the book: Phillip W. Simpson
Edition: Arete Publishing
Date of issue: 2005
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Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.8
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Felix Teppett is the only man in the galaxy alive with the plans for a revolutionary new type of star drive, one far more efficient and definitely safer then the conventional ones. and that's the problem, because a group of literal angels don't want anyone but them to have the drive. so Felix is on the run. but he is not alone. Felix is joined on this adventure by a cast of characters who make up one of the strongest parts of Overdrive.
let's start with what i didn't like, that way we can get it out of the way and i can tell you why i liked this book. the first is the humor, I continuously got the impression that this wanted to be farce, something of a hitchhiker's guide for adults. the problem is more often then not the humor was weak and just got in the way of the story. occasionally it was passable but these moments were few and very far between. this is a shame and is likely the reason I gave 3 rather then 4 stars. I really did try to get past the jokes but when it makes up a good portion of the book you just can't. If your the kind of person who finds raunchy sex comedies amusing then it probably won't be an issue for you.
now that that's out of the way, lets get into where Overdrive excels. it never fails to be exciting. even when the situation feels so stupid that you have to go back and make sure you just read what you did, you still can't wait to turn the page to see what happens next. It is in a word, riveting. I am not exaggerating when i say that the action sequences are some of the best I have read in a while, and even with characters that felt more like they should be at a keger then in a fire fight I was still almost verbally cheering for them to kick ass.
so all in all i will call Overdrive a good offering and so very close to a great one. If Phillip W. Simpson was to write another story like this one minus the failed farce we would almost certainly be talking about a 4 or 5 star book, and one I would be happy to read. But even if all we ever got was more of the same, I would still be happy to give him another try.
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Read information about the authorPhillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press. He received his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology, his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. He is currently working towards his Doctorate in Education, focusing on motivating children's writing. Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia. His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.
He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency. When not writing, he works as a school teacher. Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.
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