Get your hard-hats on again everyone! We’ve got two new reviews in of Terry Grimwood’s Bloody War. We’ve counted all our fingers and toes, and we seem to have survived again… and may even win a medal yet.
Steven Scanner, writing over at the Mass Movement Magazine website writes:
“…This is Grimwood’s first full novel and it’s an impressive, well visualised piece of fiction. His depiction of an embattled UK is extremely vivid; virtually to the point where you can smell the suppressed, insinuated violence… and the decaying dead. Grimwood’s characterisation is pointed and concise with only that of Pete Allman being analysed intimately. There is an authenticity about the characters, rendering them tangible and alive with realised personalities and temperaments. I also appreciated Grimwood’s ability to drop some subtle music references into the story, be it The Who, Thin Lizzy or Black Sabbath.Comparisons are no doubt going to level Bloody War with Orwell’s 1984. Both books suggest individualism is a punishable crime; both paint a subservient, politically apathetic society where advanced surveillance and misinformation keeps the people pacified; both focus on a subversive, humanist antihero; both feature a war against an unknown, unseen enemy. The error of the comparison is that 1984 looked forward, making an ideological, political statement, whereas Bloody War is set in the present and, while political (the Enemies Of Democracy has clear parallels with the Bush-instigated War On Terror), retains a more personal, conversational perspective.This is a highly engaging thriller which, when considered as a whole, has ramifications that border the horrific. Definitely recommended – and I haven’t even mentioned the jarring, electrifying, never-saw-it-coming finale…”
Then we have Matthew Tait writing over at his “Different Masks” blog, who writes:
“…Is this a political novel? It is if you have been following current world advents and have numerous questions surrounding the validity of those advents. In this respect the book resonates on an emotional level that almost induces anger. Who are we really fighting in any war? Who are the real leaders? The lines are not black and white anymore, if they ever were, and Pete’s personal journey is like a reflection for humanity as a whole. Although the majority march blindly to the war drums in any crusade, there is hope, for there will always be those who step out of the throng and entice others to follow. With a healthy smattering of George Orwell’s 1984 merged with the cat and mouse chase of celluloid excursions like Blade Runner and Minority Report, Terry Grimwood brings modern warfare all bloody and shrieking right into the dark heart of Western Society…”
Thanks, guys, for these in-depth analyses of the book. Bring ’em on!