Sunday, December 28, 2014

#REVIEW: Doctor Who and The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

Title: Dr Who and the Crawling Terror
Series: Dr Who: The New Series Adventures #55
Author:  Mike Tucker
Published Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Broadway Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780804140911
Genre:  Dr Who Fan Fiction
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: "Well, I doubt you'll ever see a bigger insect."

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. 'Mummy there's a daddy longlegs in my room!' Then the screaming starts... Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face — a spider's web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows... Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn't the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn't the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn't an old man's garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have avoided reading this book because honestly, I’m freaked out by spiders, and as you can see from the cover of the book, there is a very very large spider that plays a large part of this book.
As heart-pounding as the subject of this book is, I love the Doctor, even as I’m still trying to adjust to the newest incarnation of him. From previous reviews of this book, I knew it was hit or miss, as are most fan fictions of the Doctor. Either the author gets into the Doctor, or it ends up being a bland two-dimensional character that happens to be called the Doctor with a sonic screwdriver. However, I think the author of this book did an incredible job of getting into the newest incarnation of one of my favorite heros.
Once I dug up enough courage to actually read this book, it flew through my hands. The action started from the very beginning, and as most Doctor Who books, we didn’t truly find out who the “bad species” was till almost the very end. The author brought us from modern day England to World War II, and back again flawlessly.

Despite the terrifying massive spider, this was an incredible book to read.

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