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8. The Hollow King

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:20 pm
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The Hollow King is a thoroughly enjoyable story, as Ian Potter delivers a thrilling, somewhat grim story that represents the best that Counter-Measures has to offer. The story stars Karen Gledhill as Allison Williams, alongside Pamela Salem as Rachel Jensen, Hugh Ross as Sir Toby Kinsella, and Simon Williams as Captain Gilmore. Gledhill shines throughout the story, taking the more complex role and running with it well, particularly in the final third of the story. Salem delivers a solid performance throughout the story as well, while Ross and Williams both serve as excellent supports. Ian Potter wrote this adventure, and delivered an exciting story, blending an exciting mystery with a more macabre explanation, to great effect. The plot plays out remarkably well, as Potter crafts an intriguing central mystery around Lord Cavall and his Open Band. I particularly enjoyed the journey, of the group testing and experimenting, before the excellent final reveal of the mushrooms and their purpose. The latter is a disturbing reveal, and plays out remarkably well, though I do wish that Potter had spent a little more time expanding that. The writing for the characters was solid throughout; Potter has written for the series since the first set back in 2012, and his understanding of the characters allows for some excellent storytelling. I appreciated that Allison and Rachel got more time devoted to them in this story; while Sir Toby and Captain Gilmore are certainly enjoyable in this and other stories, I’ve often felt that Allison and Rachel sometimes fall by the wayside. It was particularly nice to hear Allison get a stronger, leading role throughout the story. Overall, The Hollow King is a strong adventure for the Counter-Measures range, as Ian Potter delivers a strong adventure with a fascinating tone, and the cast, especially Karen Gledhill and Pamela Salem, delivers some fine performances.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/11/19 6:42 am
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This Hollow King has a great 1970s setting of a new age meditation camp with sinister overtones where several campers have died and been taken ill with psychotic episodes and UFOs have been cited.

The story does a great job setting the sense of atmosphere. Tim Bentinck turns in a great performance as the dabbling new age musician Lord Cavall, particularly with the new age meditation record portion. There are other nice touches as well. As far as I know, Gilmore’s probable love of flying and airplanes hadn’t been brought up before, but given his RAF background, it was a very reasonable conclusion and I love how its written in here.

There are quite a few surprises: who the mastermind is was definitely in doubt until the last fifteen minutes and I couldn’t see that coming, so I appreciated the lack of predictability.

If I had complaints, it was the way the threat was ultimately dealt with, which had little to do with our heroes. In addition, also the decision to send Allison undercover at a place where mind-altering stuff is going on is beyond incomprehensible. While I get that she ’s the most plausible hippy, she’s also very predictably susceptible to mental influences.

Overall, though, this was a solid adventure with some creepy surprises.