The second of Iain Rob Wright’s apocalyptic series feels like a sideways accompaniment to the inaugural novel, THE GATES. Having followed the travails of various characters in the first book, we now pick up with a set of different characters who encountered them along the way. As such it’s a bit like the ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD of British end of the world horror – with previous side characters and incidental players getting their time in the spotlight. Although, to be far, there is a lot less absurdist comedy.

In the first book, one of the characters is rescued by a gang of youths after all hell literally breaks out on Oxford Street. Here we follow those youths. While a ship captain has an altercation with another boat as he heads out onto the Atlantic, and here we follow that other boat.

There is a danger, I suppose, that this could all seem like the same story told twice, but fortunately characters do start returning from THE GATES and there is forward momentum in the narrative. Wright is a genuinely compulsive writer, who throws in a good sense of adventure with the demonic horror.

There may be some circling back before we charge on, but the whole here sets things up nicely for the next book…

My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!

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