Reviewed By: NannaSally
Review Date: 12/5/16 2:46 am
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This third volume covers one large story told in 3 parts: The Armageddon Storm. This is the name given to a particularly fierce weapon capable of destroying all life on a planets surface, and seriously disturbing the planet as a whole.
It is set in the third season, after Rumours of Death. Del Grant rejoins the crew for the first time post Albian (Countdown) in a quest to find the weapon, disarm it and stop destruction of the the planet Shorrin, which has recently managed to dislodge the Federation from local rule.
In this first episode, Avon sends Cally and Villa down to Shorrin to meet with the local rebel leadership and assist with the search for where the weapon may have been hidden prior to deployment, while he and Grant go with Tarrant and Dayna to the planet where the developer of the Armageddon Storm is located, hoping to persuade him to help them destroy it.
After a hazardous passage into the complex, Avon and Grant meet the scientist, and receive help from an unexpected source. They discover the truth about the Storm and hurry back to Shorrin. Why is Avon so desperate to talk to Grant about Anna? And how will Grant respond? Will they be too late to save the planet? Save the people? Save Villa and Cally? Lots of questions to be answered.
As always, production values are high – in fact I might as well not mention them as this a consistent fact throughout the Big Finish productions – the music and sound effects always enhance the story and assist with picturing the action when I close my eyes. The tension experienced as the ship navigates a mine field and the team avoid detection is vividly felt.
The writing is good and the characterisation in the dialogue effective. Grant had been offered a place on the Liberator in the last scene of Countdown, and had reconciled with Avon at that time, so its interesting to have him return and share several adventures in this range.
I so enjoy listening to my favourite actors ‘do their stuff' andthis disc does not let me down. Tom as Grant is an excellent addition to the crew and he and Paul play against each other as Avon and Grant with aplomb and relish. It is well known that the regular cast got on extremely well, and from the sound of things Tom fitted in happily with them.
A good addition to the Liberator Chronicls range and well worth listening to - more than once.