Lucifer



[Read] ➫ Lucifer ➳ Paul Darrow – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 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 moments of the final episode of Blake sand 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 being played out on a grand scale by The Quartet 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.Lucifer

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  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • Lucifer
  • Paul Darrow
  • English
  • 08 January 2018

10 thoughts on “Lucifer

  1. says:

    A Grand Read.As 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 A Grand Read.As 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 quote by Shakespeare Let us to t pell mell, If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell A fitting quote to preface a Shakespearean esque drama with themes of back stabbing, tyranny and ambition.The 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 quote for future novels The 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 author 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 main reason for the title He wants his readers to ask themselves Who is the true Lucifer And, 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 see 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, twosupremely 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 just as evil, power hungry and unfeeling as Servalan perhapsso 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 evenpowerful and in control than all the others Commander Kwai It s like discovering a nest of Russian dolls in reverse there is always onelayer 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 twists.One slight niggle I had with the language, as a literature scholar , is the frequent 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 forgiven.What 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 death and survived not entirely alone on a tiny planet in the middle of nowhere.Avon 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 deathoften 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 subsequent books in this saga

  2. says:

    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 afterm 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 quest 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 rivals.The 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

  3. says:

    Amazing Paul Darrow writes about what happened to Avon immediately after the final scene of the last episode Loved it It read just like a classic episode.

  4. says:

    Format Audiobook The spider will be waiting A revisiting of the wonderfully nostalgic days of Terry Nation s S.F 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 just the possible exception of Avon, the wily and very Format Audiobook The spider will be waiting A revisiting of the wonderfully nostalgic days of Terry Nation s S.F 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 just the possible exception of Avon, the wily and very devious computer expert This book continues the story from some two decades after the Blake s 7 slaughter, with a new power struggle for control of what had been the Federation, and Avon stranded on a less than technical small planet just hiding his time to escape and recover ORAC.Written by Paul Darrow who was Avon in the T.V series, in the full grandiose and, even then, rather archaic speech of the original, the book captures the spirit of Blake s 7 perfectly There is action, plotting, backstabbing and, of course, the glorious Servalan, no longer President but no less feared and dangerous For a one time Blake s 7 fan, this is pure nostalgic pleasure Who cares if it doesn t quite make sense Neither did the original And Darrow s distinctive voice, warm but devious, in all of it s Avon glory, puts a final finish to this excellent audio.Please note, this review is totally subjective The original series was iconic over forty years ago and still remembered with great affection by this reader and favourite of the characters were Servalan and Avon, both untrustworthy schemers who only had one side their own How good it is to meet them both again in a story written and narrated by the voice of Avon, the late Paul Darrow

  5. says:

    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 it.Second, 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 jam 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 sequel Keep your expectations low.

  6. says:

    Well written RIP Paul

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 it.The 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 n 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 it.The 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 before I could figure out who was speaking, a mark of bad writing I only wish it could have been better, and perhaps it could have if the author would have watched the entire series first to get a handle on the Federated universe But no that obviously didn t happen A good editor would have benefited the book, too There seems to be no similarity to the novel and the original series at all A whole different universe and not one familiar to any fan of Blake s 7 at all I only wish this was something on the lines of what Terry Nation and Chris Boucher, creator and head writer had in mind for Blake s 7 and the character of Avon No , please

  9. says:

    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 story.AS 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 beginning.The book could really have benefited from a good editor some phrases are a bit over used.But i really enj 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 story.AS 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 beginning.The book could really have benefited from a good editor some phrases are a bit over used.But i really enjoyed it on the whole both reading the print book and listening to the audiobook, as well as having it on my tablet.Listening to Paul read this does really enhance the experience as he adds a bit of life to the characters as they speak.The paper book allows going back to interesting parts that you may want to reread at times

  10. says:

    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 beginning, which comes in h 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 beginning, which comes in handy for keeping track of who s who as you go along The only thing to be mindful of while reading is some of the scientific inaccuracies island planet anyone but this is a minor quibble I ve heard this is the start of a trilogy so I look forward to future installments

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