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Fri, 06 Apr 2007

Malice Box

Martin Langfield, The Malice Box,
Penguin/Michael Joseph

Just the thing for one of those weekends where swirling rain sets in after we've been teased by a glimmer of spring. This is an action/adventure yarn set in NYC in the recent post 9/11 past. It involves a plot to take over the planet by the forces of evil - and no, it's not a political thriller. Blair and Bush do not feature.

Rather, it involves supernatural forces and people who, somewhat digitally, are either very, very good, or very, very bad or, in one case, both.. This much might make you think you're much too mature for this sort of thing but actually it's quite a good story with links into the ancient past, modern alchemists, and a trail through Manhatten that might serve as a tourist route. It also has an everyman heroe who discovers in himself all sorts of interesting powers even though he gets regularly flattened as the story progresses.

There is also a game to be played online with a variety of prizes on offer .. maliceboxquest.com

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