One of my aims in 2020 is to focus more on the books I want to read rather than just review requests. I’ve found myself being snowed under so much with requests that I’ve got a cupboard full of forgotten books.. well no more 😊
Today I’m going to be reviewing Flash Gordon – Massacre In The 22nd Century by David Hagberg.
To give you a little background into my choice of story I’ve had a few Flash novels in my collection for years… I used to be part of the local Scout group who held regular jumble sales.. I wasn’t a big reader but I loved books.. the covers attracted my eyes and at the time I would be paying around 10p for a book.
I remember quite vividly those days, I used to help out at the jumble sales by sorting the clothes that had fallen on to the floor.. When I got a bit sick of that I’d pester my mam for some change to do some bargain hunting myself and it was either toys, bric-a-brac or books that took my fancy. I remember spending around £5 and having bags of things to take home. My mam didn’t mind I don’t think. We weren’t exactly poor but we couldn’t waste money either so I made the most of my time at the jumble sales.
I remember I picked up a Flash Gordon book.. I loved the cover.. It was book 3 of the series but thought for 10p why not. That book has lived with me ever since. A few years ago when I started reading regularly I looked into buying the rest of that series of books which even ended up with me buying a few online from America.. I might not have read any of the books but when I commit I commit fully.
Here’s the blurb
Sent on a mission to investigate the mysterious reappearance of the Interstellar Exploration ship GOODHOPE, Colonel Flash Gordon and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov discover much more than they had bargained for. Stranded in deep space, the trio find themselves drawn against their will into a war of worlds which has lasted thousands of years…and which threatens the very existence of the planet Earth.
So here we are.. after around nearly 20 years here’s my review!
Massacre In The 22nd Century is the first in a 6 part series by David Hagberg.
An interstellar starship arrives home to Earth..the issue is this ship departed 200 years ago and was presumed lost.
No one is answering onboard, Hans Zarkov is enlisted to gain entry onto the spaceship to investigate what was happened since he’s an expert on older technology. Dale and Flash are going along for the ride.
What they find onboard will change their lives forever and will catapult them into a war which has been going on for thousands of years..will they ever make it back to Earth?
Quite honestly the plot of this book blew my mind.. It was fantastic! Detailed and well structured but overall utterly fascinating and the ending left me In no doubt I’ll be reading the entire series. I was hooked from chapter 1!
Characters wise I loved Flash and Zarkov.. Dale’s a little bit annoying when she ignores what’s asked of her.. she’s impulsive.. hopefully as the series continues, she will start to work better with them as Flash/Zarkov accept her as part of the team.
As the story continues it setups the series perfectly.. it gives you just enough to grab you.. suck you in.. masterfully securing my attention.. so much so I’ve started book 2 already.
What Massacre In The 22nd Century shows me is that a good story will stand up to the test of time.. this story was written 5 years before I was born but still effortlessly consumed me.
Old school science fiction and I loved it!
To find out more head to Goodreads!
If you fancy a copy why not try Ebay or AbeBooks 🙂