Explosive Action: Combustion

Sometimes you just need to take time out for a ripping read – something explosive, high octane, a story that moves at a cracking pace.

I’ve been overrun lately, finding it hard to find time to read. I needed a book that would suck me in, let me hit the ground running and keep propelling me forward so that I wouldn’t keep getting interrupted by the overwhelming to-do-list breathing down my neck.

Steve Worland’s Combustion (Penguin) was just the ticket! Wow, what a ride. From page one its storyline is earth-shattering (literally) and doesn’t skip a beat from chapter to chapter. Featuring our unassuming heros – Judd and Corey, who find themselves smack bang in the middle of Armageddon (otherwise know as L.A., the City of Angels) as the villainous Bunsen attempts to ‘burn it all down’!

CombustionLos Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city. 
And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down.

On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful.
Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks.

NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.

This wonderfully cinematic novel is the sequel to Steve’s first novel, Velocity, and offers a nice follow-on in the series. Corey’s Aussie turns of phrase had me giggling, whilst Judd’s reluctance to claim the mantel of hero was grounding, for the character and the story itself. Both these devices make the lead characters really approachable.

It’s got just the right amount of detail on time, place, weaponry and gadgetry to satisfy your hard-core action readers without alienating the less ‘specs’ driven reader like myself.

combustion 2Essentially, it’s a fun read. Its issues are current, its heros are likeable and the story is in the truest sense entertaining.

Now, last week we hit a new milestone over on the TBYL Facebook page and to celebrate the 1500 Likers milestone, I’ve a copy of Combustion to give away to one lucky reader. Here’s what you need to do…

(1) Email us at info@thatbookyoulike.com.au with the subject line COMBUSTION and tell us what you’re reading now, and what you plan to read next.

(2) Include an Australian postal address for delivery, should you win.

(3) Stay tuned to the That Book You Like Facebook page, as a winner will be drawn at random midnight 4 November 2013. You can enter any time until then. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will receive an email too.

As a bonus, if you invite a friend to enter, and they mention your name in their email, you’ll get an extra entry yourself.

If you’d like to find out more about Steve Worland’s Combustion, visit the Penguin website here.