WHIRLWIND [CHARLES L GRANT]
[Review by Toby Davis]
It's another murder case for Mulder and Scully, but this time, guess what's killing the people? I'll give you a clue: look at the title. Faced with local law-enforcement who don't want them around (makes a change...), an unhelpful populace and New Mexico heat so strong Mulder has to change out of his suit, it's not going to be an easy job for the dynamic duo.
As with Goblins, it's failry competently written, but not spectacular. What is better here is the characterisation. This is Mulder and Scully, down to his sense of humour and her... well, whatever it is that makes someone sound like Scully. It's been said that the plot isn't as good as in the other book; I'm not sure that either of them leaps out at you, but this is good enough to keep you reading.
If you've got the money to spend, or a helpful local library, read "Ground Zero", the new novel not by Grant (and just out in paperback). Otherwise, this is the best X-Files novel currently available to you. Could be a lot worse, especially the characters. This is a book Grant shouldn't be ashamed of, and one you should read.
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GROUND ZERO [Kevin J. Anderson]
[Review by Colin Trump]
A researcher at a nuclear facility, an old man camping in the desert, a
Department of Energy executive and two soldiers in a missile complex deep
underground. All dead, apparently the result of extremely localised nuclear
explosions, and it's up to Mulder and Scully to discover why, how and who.
This book could have come straight off the television screens with the
main characters reasonably in keeping with their screen portrayal, plus the
usual implausable solution and of course no way of ever proving it to be the
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