[Epub] ➟ Amorality Tale By David Bishop – Golanvideoagency.info
When Gangster Tommy Ramsey Is Released From Prison, He Is Determined To Retake Control Of His East End Territory But New Arrivals Threaten His Grip On Illegal Activity In The Area An Evangelical Minister Is Persuading People To Seek Redemption For Their Sins A New Gang Is Claiming The Streets And A Watchmender Called Smith Is Leading A Revolt Against The Ramsey Mob S Protection RacketWhen Tommy Strikes Back At His Enemies, A Far Terrifying Threat Is Revealed Within Hours The City S Air Turns Into Nerve Gas And Thousands Succumb To The Choking Fumes London Is Dying An Adventure Set In S London, Featuring The Third Doctor As Played By Jon Pertwee And His Companion Sarah Jane Smith This novel pairs up the Thrid Doctor Jon Pertwee with Sarah Jane Smith Elozabeth Sladen Although Sarah Jane was only with the Third Doctor for one season, they really make a good pair There are lots of great scenes between the two of them.The story is a average Dr Who story entertaining, with a good feel of the era it is set in just after World War II in London.Recommended for any Dr Who fan but strongly recommended if you were particular fans of Jon Pertwee or Elozabeth Sladen s characters. When Sarah Jane Smith discovers a picture from 1952 of the Doctor shaking hands with an East End mob boss, the two travel back in time to investigate events They arrive in a London on the eve of an environmental disaster and a neighborhood on the brink of a turf war But who is organizing the homeless young men into a new gang And how is it related to the American priest whose sermons are galvanizing the community against the sin in their midst Given the Doctor s propensity to become entangled in key moments of British history, it was probably inevitable that at some point he would make an appearance during the Great Smog of 1952, when thousands of Londoners died as a result of air pollution concentrated by weather conditions And by thrusting the Third Doctor one of my favorite incarnations and Sarah Jane Smith easily the all time best companion into a situation mixing gangsters and aliens into a historical event, the stage is set for a memorable adventure Yet in the end it s a mixture that doesn t quite catalyze Perhaps this is because of the mobsters, whose involvement often distracts from the activities of the Doctor and the main threat he is addressing Or perhaps it is the aliens Bishop creates, which prove a curious combination of power and triteness But in the end it s a novel that doesn t live up to expectations given the elements involved and wastes a prime historical moment in the process. I don t think Doctor Who likes the 1950s It s understandable really the show was created in the 1960s and was a product of its time Let s face it, the 60s were a reaction against the 50s, so wherever a story is set in that decade, we re treated to a remarkably similar look and feel the threat of WW2 may have abated, but the atmosphere is repressive, depressing and dark The TV episode The Idiot s Lantern is the same despite the ever present sunshine something which, as this novel points out, is at odds with the actual weather during the Coronation the tale is far from free, easy and cosy Here in a book published four years before that story was broadcast this A Morality Tale is set in a smog filled, gangster ridden east end, dominated by a character who also seems to be based on The Idiot s Lantern s Jamie Foreman For that reason, I m glad this remains a novel rather than a TV episode it would be too easy to send aspects of this story up, which would be a shame because it deserves far better.David Bishop has a gift for communicating a setting through an economical use of language He also succeeds far better than most in allowing a moral standpoint to shine through without seeming overly preachy.It is ironic how the aspect that would doubtless form the main hook of the story today Sarah becomes the girlfriend of an east end gangster is buried within the book as a whole Of course, BBC Books didn t need a hook to keep their readers interested this was a niche market where the audience had little choice but to buy the novel anyway as it was one of the few ways they had to maintain their addiction I doubt a casual viewer would choose to seek out and read this book nowadays If they did, I think they d find much to appreciate in this tale of an alien tribunal poisoning the bread the church is distributing to the poor, and using police officers to send countless innocents to their deaths Yes an atypical book in many ways But in Bishop s hands it works very well It s coherent, well plotted and concisely told, giving a chilling meaning to the phrase Bread of Heaven.Good stuff. This story was bound to become one of my favorites It had so many elements working in it s favor it features my top favorite Doctor 3rd and 5th share that status for me , it is a Historical setting, set in a period that I find fascinating the break between old school and modernity, and it involves a real historic mystery even one I ve worked with myself at University Plus it took place in the area of London that I ve lived Therefore, overall it had to be really bad for it to fail in my books For a long time it really looked like it would become my new favorite Doctor Who book, it didn t hurt the story in my world, that the alien elements apart from the Doctor tookthan a third of the book to materialize That is just proves that Doctor Who can be so muchthan sci fi But where the story took a hit in my opinion was when it turn horror in a matter of one page Suddenly everyone was dying and in horrific ways too It was just too much I know that Doctor Who has always had a will to go dark with no warning, and genocide is nothing new to the universe, but this book should come with a warning IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH KZ CAMPS DON T READ THIS BOOK The inspiration from the death camps are crystal clear in this story and it comes out of nowhere Okay not nowhere, in the historic events of December 1952 people did die from gassing, but as a natural phenomenon, so I really didn t think the book would go there but it did BIG TIME A wonderfully chilling tale set in a not too distant past, with plenty of morbidity and dark imagery. The story is an interesting premise, and as one of DR3 s last is quite sombre Violent East End gangsters don t sit well with classic Dr Who and wouldn t make it into the series, but its a period in recent history well worth a visit Like the best historical stories, its plot hangs around a real event the London smog deaths of 1952 and hangs an alien invasion behind it The story flags and gets a bit repetitive in the middle but it starts very well and has many interesting characters and good dialogue The audiobook read by Dan Starkey is an excellent interpretation A great read I felt that a couple of lines in the last chapter didn t fit the story as a whole and am trying to erase them from my memory, but otherwise a very enjoyable read. A really creepy tale with The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Set amongst the backdrop of the London smog and West End gangs, Bishop wonderfully transports the read back to the 1950 s.A great Doctor Who novel. The book starts a bit slow but once the story takes off you wouldn t want it to end.