I have finally got around to completing this book and for someone who doesn't really read much Sci-fi I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by the read Alan has supplied here, it has introduced me to a new genre in style. I really enjoyed the book and it was clear to me that a good deal of research went in creating the right atmosphere throughout the story. I was really intrigued by the Cogitator devices, kind of like a Victorian Mac book that knows everything. I wish the Martian Ambassador well for the future in its publication, it certainly deserves it.
Like Oli I could imagine seeing this on screen, it would certainly make great entertainment, hopefully it will fall in to the lap of a London director somewhere!
I found this book to be a bit of a let down after reading others such as 'Tell no one' and 'No second chance'.
The plot in this book was too predictable and although I'm a big fan of the 80's there were just too many cliches and the characters were not the strongest I've seen from his other books. Apparently this was Coben's first novel and only got released following his success with others. If readers pick this one up before his other books they may be put off reading his later ones and that would be a real shame as they are very good.
Alan, I must thank you for a truly nice read with this book.
I used to read a lot of horror books in my youth but felt that this book was going to be more subtle than pure horror, blood and guts! (that suits me more now)
I loved the style in which you wrote which brought past and present together in a captivating and engaging but spooky way too. You have clearly researched all the elements which make up the novel be they historical or technical which added to the experience of being able to believe and feel what your characters were feeling throughout their time on the island in all of its weird and wonderful states in time. I found it easy to be carried along to the point that I became really immersed in the whole adventure and needed to know where things were going, this kept me reading when I should have been doing other things!
This book is certainly worthy of being taken on by an independent or mainstream publisher in my opinion.