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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Countdown to Terror by David Holman. Simon and Garfunkel are on the radio and in the bookshops are bestsellers by Len Deighton and Graham Greene.
Swan and his ex-detective colleague, Arthur Gable, learn that the dead man was a German-born scientist working on the Black Arrow satellite launch vehicle program at Highdown on the Isle of Wight. Although they have no idea as to what his dying words could mean. The nature of the case has also resurfaced a dark secret that Swan has kept hidden away since the end of the war. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages.
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May 01, Peter Coster rated it it was ok. Good plot. Shame about the construction Having worked in the publishing industry I might be a bit hyper critical, but while this is a good plot and with a lot of detailed research, the author makes the mistake of letting that research show. Or of showing of just how much research he's done. He might get away with this if it is revealed in dialogue, but long sections of telling this information detracts from the story. I also had difficulty in working out who was the main character. When dialogue i Good plot. When dialogue is used, the language seems archaic and out of place.
He has a senior American space technician using the hippy expression 'man' There are a number of other elements that don't carry the plot forward, but could with better construction. As for the fight scene near the end, from the moment Swan confronts the main villain, it seems contrived and simply doesn't work, primarily because of too many adjectives. There are a number of elements that a good editor would cross out and some sections simply defy logic.
All in all, a good plot but not well written. May 14, Rebecca rated it did not like it Shelves: nasa , historical-fiction. This was so bad.
The premise had merit. I loved the idea that we were going to get a story set at least in part, at the High Down Rocket Test Site in England. You get a lot more than that in the novel, but it was generally quite poor. First of all, the characters had about as much development as a cardboard cutout. I seriously could not tell the difference between any of the British men that orbit around Swan. The only difference between them were names and job titles.
The dialog was also quite This was so bad. The dialog was also quite stilted. Do British people really go around calling each other "old chap" and the like? I also found it strange that measurements were given in feet and inches, while British spelling was used for certain words. The author also kept creating these back stories for very minor characters. For the most part, these segments did nothing to further the story except to make the book longer.
I also felt the author's grasp of the American space program to be tenuous at best. There are too many technical errors to recount here. All in all, I read this because I wanted a story that talks about rocket testing in England.
I did get that, though it seems some of the details of the site were changed to suit the author's purpose. I give this book 1. Apr 12, Ruben Zamorano rated it it was amazing.
The UK detective gets his man! This is a well told take with many details of London, the World War II scenes and the modern space race. Very well written and most enthralling.
Stephen Robertson marked it as to-read Apr 07, Linda Hendrickson is currently reading it Apr 12, Sort order. May 01, Peter Coster rated it it was ok. Another impossible to put down novel from David Holman.
Stay with it for this novel is worth the effort. Frances Bray rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Roger Price rated it it was amazing Sep 05, James rated it did not like it May 12,