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Biohell (Combat-K) Paperback – February 2, 2009
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"War Machine is like the collected hardware spank banks of Chris Foss, Neal Asher and Jeremy Clarkson all mashed into one." - DEATH RAY on WAR MACHINE "Biohell can stake a claim as the finest viral nightmare since 28 Days Later." - SFX on BIOHELL
About the Author
When kicked to describe himself, Remic claims to have a love of extreme sports, kickass bikes and happy nurses. Once a member of an elite Combat K squad, he has retired from military service and claims to be a cross between an alcoholic Indiana Jones and a bubbly Lara Croft, only without the breasts. Remic lives in Lincolnshire and likes to think lewdly about zombies. www.andyremic.com
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There was a lot of non stop action, funny pre battle banter between Franco and Keenan, new and interesting characters, new tech, and in the last 20% of the book it takes a more serious plot twist which is linked to the first book.
I'm about 150 pages into book 3 now and enjoying it.
I have a feeling that if you are a die hard military sci fi reader, you might not like this series. Perhaps, as one reviewer said, the written English is UK Enlgish, not USA English, so the constant UK slang might seem too fareign for them to connect with.
Should you read this book?
Yes, but not as a stand alone book. It's best if you read book 1 first- War Machine.
There are several words I'd use to describe Biohell, though I feel the most fitting adjective would be "uninspired." What happened to the creativity that was so compelling in War Machine? Where's that sense of wonder regarding what's around the next corner, or the compelling character development? They're gone, completely nixed for what has become one of the most generic clichés in any form of fiction: zombies. Because everyone knows that all space marines love to shoot zombies, it's in their very nature. Though in actuality, zombies can be used as a compelling plot-device given the book has meaningful characters to invest in, and if the plot has enough depth to avoid devolving into a trivial splatter-fest, sadly Biohell has neither one of these elements. With the exception of Keenan, you'll be hard-pressed to care about the safety of any of these characters, which is a glaring flaw given the book's emphasis on survival. I also feel the book cannot justify its six hundred page length. War Machine's narrative combined meaningful character development, discovery, and action superb sequences to create a cohesive experience that never lost its forward momentum. The overemphasis on zombies and Franco's pseudo-theatrics made the book dull and a chore to read at times.
Speaking of Franco, the emphasis placed on his character was this book's greatest undoing. His presence in War Machine mostly served as comic-relief opposed to the interpersonal discourse between Keenan and Pippa, whom I felt were the characters that gave War Machine its heart. With Pippa's absence for almost the entire book, Franco is given center-stage and it was a decision for the worse. Franco remains as annoying and unlikable as ever, making his greater emphasis completely diminish his moments of humanity which I felt gave his character redeeming values in the previous book. He's the Combat K equivalent of Star Wars's Jar Jar Binks.
Pippa's minimal appearance in Biohell is my biggest gripe with this book, made even worse with Franco's gibberish. War Machine unfortunately suffered from a forced cliffhanger ending that forced the reader into the next book for closure. So naturally I just had to know what happens next, how would Keenan react to Pippa being the murderer of his family? I went into Biohell wanting these answers and came out completely disappointed. The relationship between Keenan and Pippa I feel is quite unique, but by putting it on the backburner for this book's six hundred page majority the narrative lost almost all of its gravitas. It felt like I was being led by a carrot on a stick, always wondering when Pippa would drop in for the remainder of the story, which disappointingly didn't happen until the book's climax. If you consider Franco and Keenan's bromance as emotionally investing than Biohell will be right up your alley.
The only think preventing me from giving Biohell a one-star rating were some solid set-pieces and the book's climax. But they couldn't prevent it from being a huge disappointment. It placed far too much attention on Franco and not enough on the relationship between Keenan and Pippa, which was the reason I rushed to pick up Biohell after War Machine left me hanging. On top of that, the narrative is repetitive and the supporting characters were nothing more than red shirts, needless to say that this was not Combat K's finest hour.
They are rollicking, raunchy, violent irreverent space operas. "Biohell" takes place mostly on The City - an entire planet that in the past practiced unsafe sex (human and alien alike), all types of illegal activities, and was dedicated to pleasure and chaos.
Franco, one of the Combat-K "heroes" from "War Machine," has fallen in loooove and plans on marrying his sweetheart and giving up his perverted lifestyle.
Well, then the fun really starts - junks, zombies, biomods, nanobots, REALLY disgusting descriptions of an eight-foot tall zombiette, world invasions, the Hammer Syndicate, Knuckles and his gang, double and triple crosses, an upgraded Cam, weapons, weapons, and more weapons, AI killers, MICHELLE ma belle.
Are the science facts all correct in the book? I don't know. Did I really care while I was reading? Not so much. I just let myself be swept along in the Combat-K world. I enjoyed the book.