February 14, 2017
Extracted, by RR Haywood
In 2061, a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed. Recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future. Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all. ‘Mad’ Harry Madden is a legend of the Second World War. Not only did he complete an impossible mission—to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base—but he also escaped with his life. Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue, and killed all five. Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?
Who doesn’t like a time-travel science fiction book? The trope of grabbing a person or thing just before they die has been has been done before (Freejack, Time Salvager), but it was still a fun read. One of the characters had a mental breakdown and it just lasted too long. It made the middle of the book slow down. The book doesn’t need to be 400 pages, and a little bit of judicious editing in the middle would tune up the story. The characters seemed to be a cliché of expectations… We have the femme fatale, the commando, and the average bloke with a mysterious past who can do just about anything.
As a science fiction fan, I can excuse a lot of tired tropes. I’ve read better sci-fi books in the past, and I’ve read worse ones. I’m sure I’ll read better and worse in the future. I look forward to reading the sequel, and I’d rate Extracted just shy of four stars because it’s better than 3.5, but not quite a four-star read.
RR Haywood was born in Birmingham, England but has spent most of his life living on the beautiful south coast. He has had a passion for reading for as long as he can remember. One of his favourite genres is Post-Apocalyptic fiction and he has worked his way through every book he could find. Some were great and some not so great and what he wanted was a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day detailed exploration of what would happen. This desire to explore the world after such an event gave birth to The Undead, which is now the UK’s bestselling zombie horror series, compared to The Walking Dead and many other great works. This underground smash-hit series draws readers from all walks of life with compelling characters, incredible descriptions and breath taking action sequences that have had readers gripping their kindles, laughing out loud and crying real tears.