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It wasn't my favorite Doctor Who book, but it's still Doctor Who so ... Aside from that, the plot was just okay. The whole Russian thing isn't really anything I'm interested in though. ( )
  Rainviolet | Jan 10, 2014 |
What a fast-paced read! Set at a Russian research institute alongside derelict nuclear subs and a village of people just barely eking out a living (a "village of the damned" so to speak), the 9th Doctor, Rose, and Jack Harkness respond to an alien distress signal. And what they find is worthy of a horror movie. (Less blood, but more chilling.)

I enjoyed reading an adventure with Rose AND Captain Jack present. Sometimes the dialogue seemed almost too light for their situations, but that's typical of Doctor Who. The story is well-thought out with some cool twists, lots of running, and a solution that is suitably last-second ingenious and last-second. The death toll is pretty high, with a bittersweet touch at the end...because you can't save everyone. ( )
  Starsister12 | Dec 15, 2013 |
This is one of the more complex Doctor Who books I've read or heard, with a plot that makes sense, a real sense that the characters are in danger, and some obvious and some not-so-obvious plot twists. I have low expectations for tv tie-in novels as a rule, but this one surpasses them easily.

The only down side of this audiobook is the reader. Milligan would be a fine reader for a regular novel but should avoid tie-ins like this. It's unusual enough to have an American narrate a Doctor Who book, but while Stuart Milligan does a passable Jack, his accents for the Doctor and Rose are generic "American trying to sound British" accents, which sounds nothing like the characters on show and was very distracting. ( )
  bluesalamanders | Nov 25, 2011 |
Another Doctor Who book, about the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness. While traveling in the TARDIS, they pick up a distress signal from an abandoned Russian Naval base. They head down to investigate and find that the villagers are dying unusual deaths, they say by a vampire like creature from folklore. The story quickly becomes a mystery the trio needs to solve to save the villagers and themselves.
The book is a fast read that feels like an episode of the TV show. The Doctor has a some very funny and cheeky lines, Captain Jack doesn't like authoritative figured and Rose does the best she can. A light, fun read. Four out of five stars. ( )
  divinenanny | Sep 22, 2011 |
Fourth of the new series tie-in novels. This one has Rose and Captain Jack as the companions, in a story set in a remote Soviet naval base abandoned after the end of the Cold War. The nuclear submarines were simply abandoned to rot as the cheapest method of dealing with them, as were the people from the village that had been there since before the base was built. The last real link with an unheeding government is the research institute which still receives limited funding and supplies. At least until something very odd is spotted by a satellite, and a Russian Special Forces team is sent to investigate.

The Tardis crew show up as well, because Jack has unthinkingly answered an emergency beacon's signal. While there is some suspicion from the Russian group, this is because Nine's psychic paper ID has declared him to be from a rival agency, and Jack is considered to be the sort of Intelligence agent who wouldn't know a real fight if he saw it. The two groups manage to work together reasonably well in spite of the tensions, investigating a series of mysterious deaths that show all the hallmarks of a mythical monster.

Enjoyed this one a lot, and not just because it has Captain Jack (who does not get to be on the cover). There's a good science fantasy mystery here, with the Special Forces team being more than just foils to show off how clever the Doctor is. ( )
  JulesJones | May 29, 2011 |
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The Novrosk Peninsula, the Soviet naval base, has been abandoned, and the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten until the Russian Special Forces arrive - and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too. But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that predates everything else, even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing... Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth? With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain...

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The Doctor and Rose find themselves in an abandoned Soviet nuclear naval base only to discover that it is not quite as abandoned as it seems, although its new inhabitant is not exactly human and not exactly friendly.

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