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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 4/7/16 4:43 pm
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I've been less than impressed the new series novels to this point and this one, despite a fair bit of hype, did little to change my mind. The story is pretty pedestrian. The heroes chase around a McGufffin rock that unlocks a pyramid build by ancient aliens that could, for no particularly good reason, destroy all of time and space.

The story is mostly told in a series of admittedly well written action scenes separated by long bouts of tiresome and cliché Doctor/Companion banter and tedious lists of trivial detail that seem to be meant to serve as setting and mood. The baddies were basic stereotype alien hitmen and con artists and there was an extremely annoying habit of referring to 'Kik the Assassin' as the full moniker of 'Kik the Assassin' every single friggin' time she's mentioned. We get it. She's an assassin.

The author also makes it clear that he is pouting about the fact they wouldn't let him use River Song. I'm glad they didn't. The book is already laden with a lot of tiresome banter and to throw River's constant flirtations and innuendo into the mix would likely have tipped the scales from annoying to unbearable. Benny was one of the few bright spots. Her character was actually pretty well written and interesting. On the other hand, the Twelfth Doctor was portrayed as a smarmy, unloveable git. The rest of the protagonists seemed like hold-overs from a Goosebumps novel about aliens. Extremely kiddie-ish and two dimensional.

This book really only has two things going for it. First, the very welcome return of Bernice Summerfield. Second, Lisa Bowerman does fantastic narration. I wish they'd given her and Benny a better story.