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Main reason for the title He wants his readers to ask themselves Who is the true LuciferAnd as you read further into the book you being to wonder who is really the supreme power here Who is most in control And who is the most evil For there are many contenders Servalan of course Blakes 7 fans will Be Waiting With Anticipation To waiting with anticipation to her appear on the scene which she does with no less glamour and flourish than we might expect Then there s what appears to be the new Servalan of the new generation Gabriella My money s on her But then there s also Doctor Pandora Ess and March Dreyfus two supremely powerful ambitious cold hearted calculating women notice a trend here Men competing for the title are Avon of course You want to find him lovable and redeemable but you suspect that he is ust as evil power hungry and unfeeling as Servalan perhaps so Then there is General Steiner Major Cannon Furneax Li Lim Li Kang Fu Ti And then towards the end we discover another woman leader who appears to be even powerful and in control than all the others Commander Kwai It s like discovering a nest of Russian dolls in reverse there is always one layer above one bigger doll swallowing all the othersAn interesting character is Magda Avon s lover a woman warrior of skill stealth and power too but in a different way to the women in the government arenas she is an ian warrior on the ground and in the woods She ultimately ends up playing a pivotal role in the drama in one of the book s final twistsOne slight niggle I had with the language as a literature scholar is the freuent use and repetition of clich phrases such as discretion is the better part of valour But knowing and respecting the author as I do these things are easily forgivenWhat connected me most to the book was the insight into the character of Avon that Darrow brings Having played Avon for all those years on set of Blakes 7 and having written about the life changing experience of it in his memoir You re him aren t you it is fascinating to see how Paul Darrow envisages Avon now imagining him 30 Years On Having Narrowly Escaped on having narrowly escaped and survived not entirely alone on a tiny planet in the middle of nowhereAvon appears as always slick cool clever cunning amazingly athletic for his age and of course unswervingly ruthless but always with that boyish charm that we Blakes 7 fans loved so much He has practically become a super hero or anti hero But I found myself asking is Avon human Does he love Magda There are moments of tenderness and compassion between her and Avon that tease us Does he even care for her or anyone Does he actually have a fondness for Servalan Or does he ultimately love only himself his computer Orac and his power Does that really matter But is Avon infallible He certainly has escaped death often than most super heroes As an aging actor and author Paul Darrow must find this persona a satisfying one to create and emulate All Avon really needs now is the elixir of eternal life and he s unstoppable But would he want to live forever I suspect he d end up getting bored Above all not unlike the author of this book Avon always seeks a challenge a battle a drama And I like to think underneath his cool exterior he does have a heart Maybe one that was broken and perhaps buried a long time ago but nevertheless one that sends us tiny glimpses now and then Above all the show must go on the drama must continue And since this is apparently the first of a trilogy I look forward to the subseuent books in this sag. Being played out on a grand scale by The uartet four ruthless leaders in an uneasy alliance who govern the world in place of the Federation Old enemies resurface and dangerous new ones appear as the time comes for old scores to finally be settled. ,
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Eginning which comes in handy for keeping track of who s #who as you go along The only thing to be mindful #as you go along The only thing to be mindful of who s who as you go along The only thing to be mindful while reading is some of the scientific inaccuracies island planet anyone but this is a minor uibble I ve heard this is the start of a trilogy so I look forward to future installments This book is a horrible waste of time for any Blake s 7 fan The entire book is written in a universe foreign to the television series Blake s 7 If you want trite over used lines like Well now lines that the author used a dozen times in a couple hundred pages then by all means go ahead and read itThe science is horrible and laughable at times with the winds of space guiding his craft into and out of planet ambits The writing is poor and there seems to be no emotion or color to the novel I often had to read a sentence twice b First this book is based on the BBC TV show Blake s 7 Anyone who isn t a devoted Blake s 7 fan will have no interest in itSecond the author is an actor by trade not a writer and it shows This book is loaded with passages that will make any reader want to am a fork into his eyes To be fair Blake s 7 was also loaded with cringe worthy moments In that light this book is a worthy seuel Keep your expectations low Amazing Paul Darrow writes about what happened to Avon immediately after the final scene of the last episode Loved it It read ust like a classic episode A Grand ReadAs I launched into this book I was immediately struck by the grandiosity of the writing It begins with an index of Dramatis Personae an unusual thing to have in a novel but a clear indication of the author s top priority the characters in this drama And drama indeed it is The long complicated list of characters is clearly laid out in a structured hierarchy noting their relationships to each other And I found myself bookmarking this Dramatis Personae and returning to it again and again while reading the book to remind myself who was who Even before we get to the Prologue on one of those blank pages leading up to the beginning of the novel we are given a uote by Shakespeare Let us to t pell mell If not to heaven then hand in hand to hell A fitting uote to preface a Shakespearean esue drama with themes of back stabbing tyranny and ambitionThe Prologue reads almost biblically or like the opening of an ancient Greek legend with language that is hyperbolic old fashioned and dramatic What follows is a drama in three parts or acts with sparkling dialogue and vivid film like descriptions It s easy to imagine this being adapted for stage or screen Written by actor Paul Darrow we can easily imagine him speaking aloud and enjoying the narrative with his deep Shakespearean RADA trained voice I was gripped by the final sentence of the Prologue Thus it was as it has always been that the apathy of the many suckled the tyranny of the few An insightful statement that could be used as a uote for future novelsThe first chapter opens by zeroing in on one of the most important characters Gabriella and with a satisfying sense of balance the last chapter ends with her as well if you don t count the epilogue An angelic name and indeed an angelic appearance according the if you don t count the epilogue An angelic name and indeed an angelic appearance according the s descriptions beauty charm youth femininity and delicacy The perfect exterior for arguably the most evil of all the characters Is she the Lucifer the proverbial Fallen Angel of the book s title Or is it Avon Or Servalan I remember one of my recent conversations with Paul Darrow in which he revealed that this is the. Moments of the final episode of Blake's 7 and follows him on his fight for survival this time with no crew and no ship to help himThe adventure continues years later as Avon now an old man finds himself a key player in the game of power politics. Avon was my favorite character in the television series Yes I realize that is disturbing This novel is set some years after the end of the series Avon has collected a touch of conscience interestingly enough I find that I really miss Vila Like the series there are numerous plots counterplots and betrayals Parts of this book are great fun However it is best to completely suspend your knowledge of science as this could be very distracting from Paul s storyAS far as the original series is concerned knowing the names of the characters and their relationship to each other ie Avon v Servalan but the rest of the characters are not included except for a brief acknowledgement in the beginningThe book could really have benefited from a good editor some phrases are A BIT OVER USEDBUT I REALLY ENJOYED IT ON bit over usedBut I Really Enjoyed It On Whole really enjoyed it on the whole reading the print book and listening to the audiobook as well as having it on my Great readDarrow opens up another great chapter to the original story As someone who played the part of Avon in the original series he captures the character brilliantly Format Audiobook The spider will be waiting A revisiting of the wonderfully nostalgic days of Terry Nation s SF series Blakes s 7 following the tribulations of Blake an idealistic reformer and his crew of escaped convicts as they confronted the Federation and the stunningly charismatic leader Servalan and her evil henchmen The series ended with the shocking and totally unexpected ambush and deaths of all of Blake s 7 with ust the possible excepti Well now it s always interesting reading a book written by someone you know But when that book is essentially Avon getting to write his own fan fiction Blakes 7 continuation with characters based on other people you know the result is delightful Even if some bloke called Ray Dawn seems to have scribbled all over my copy Paul s novel the first in a planned loose trilogy is set twenty years after the events of Blake the final episode of Blakes 7 but it also picks up the immediate aftermath of the events on Gauda Prime in order to explain Avon s escape from that iconic series ending The story deals with Avon s uest to be reunited with the one true love of his life the super computer ORAC in a post Federation world of backstabbing politics and a casual disregard for the lives of both footsoldiers and rivalsThe novel s charm lies in its interesting insights into how Paul sees a character he helped to create half his life ago There are clear intimations of mortality throughout not surprising given the dedication to Paul s late wife and the post Gauda Prime sections reflect the extreme stress Paul has always said he tried to convey in his series D performance So although Avon always prevails this is no Mary Sue portrayal Most of all the book is written with an actor s eye So the dialogue sparkles in places there are some fabulous entrances and I m sure Paul had his narration of the audiobook version in mind when he was writing it But I m not sure I ll be able to forgive him for that ending Thank God for Big Finish They continuously breathe new life into franchises long thought dead and abandoned In this case the classic 1970 s science fiction serial Blakes 7 A lot of fans were left hanging after the shock ending of the show which had Blake and the majority of the cast being killed Avon s fate though was left ambiguous and this novel written by Avon actor Paul Darrow finally tells us what happened next The author gives us a dramatis personae at the Many legends surround the aftermath of the collapse of The Federation including the fate of Kerr AvonWhat happened to Avon after the death of Blake and the crew of the Scorpio Paul Darrow's vivid re imagining picks up Avon’s story at the final. ,

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