Tobias Roote

Science Fiction Author

Pyramid Lake

pyramidlakePyramid Lake (Paul Draker)

This novel is the subject of 248 reviews (4.1/5.0) and is well worth the readers attention.

Set in today's world it reflects the issues on which many fears are based with the introduction of artificial intelligence. However, this is more about how gaining sentience can be the result of an accident rather than design and the problems reflected in having an all-powerful machine with the complete knowledge of mankind, but that lacks the maturity and experience with which to manage it.

When Trevor is blinded by his own personal issues, he fails to recognise the warning signs. He's a totally self-centred individual and deserves a good kicking. Will he get it? The MC is an idiot who is hellbent on pissing off everyone he meets, yet still manages to single-handedly build a colossus of a supercomputer. Setting aside the amount of maintenance and large teams that would be required to look after the system, he manages to code it so well it acts almost 'human' and therein lies the problem. Remember the saying "to err is human (to forgive divine)" well, you might just need a bit of that.

Without giving away too much of the plot, my opinion is that this book is well written, totally believable (especially the characters) and at 426 pages, a long read. I would very much recommend my reader friends to grab a copy as it's well worth the money.

I gave it five stars. Quick link to book on amazon

The Shattered Eagle - Colin Payne

The Shattered Eagle by Colin PayneA bracing British Police Crime Thriller with twists that make it much, much more than you would expect. (I don't want to give away ANY of the plot).

The book is a brilliant 'page turner' an 'explosive' story. There are some essential slowdowns in the beginning, but the laying out of the plot is essential to the flow of the book later. You have to know the characters to understand what happens to them and what does happen is amazing. The way the plot weaves together makes for a bumper ride of a suspense thriller and the reader is held spellbound right up to the last page. It is not your normal run-of-the-mill crime thriller. You will enjoy it immensely.

The author apologizes for some of the language, but realistically these days, the language isn't so far removed from the norm that most of us would consider it to be out of place. I would definitely follow this author in future and purchase others of his books. He has a great writing style and and with a bit more polish to the editing he would definitely see off the few critics I have seen.

The Fix - Robert White

the fix2The Fix - Robert White

Summary Description:

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British Government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA.
Rick Fuller headed that team.
Days later Fuller’s wife was brutally murdered at his home.
Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers and the men who gave the order.
Ten years on Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.
Fuller recruits an old colleague to help him recover a consignment of cocaine from Amsterdam. In the search, doors open on the past and Fuller can finally take his revenge on the men who betrayed him.

Robert White delivers an unyielding story with humanly imperfect and highly plausible characters likely based on real-life experience.

It's a very gritty read full of action packed pages which will force you to keep on turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. 

I liked the honest portrayal of the underbelly of the criminal fraternity and the insights it gives into city gangs and violence. It might prove a little hard going for some, but it is what it is. Robert White knows that, and it shows in every page of his well-written work. This book is in my to 're-read' library.

A highly recommended novel.



fireThe Fire - Robert White

Summary Description:

Rick Fuller, a once decorated SAS hero, now Manchester hit-man, likes nothing better than disposing of his employer's rivals in return for a suitcase of cash. His spectacular fall from grace and obsession to discover the identity of the IRA terrorist who gunned down his wife, all but destroyed him. 

Ten years have passed since that fateful day, and Ireland has seen many changes. Patrick O'Donnell, the man who slaughtered Cathy Fuller on her doorstep in Hereford in 1996, is now the First Minister of the Province, and on the face of it, a trusted and respected politician. 

The British Secret Service know that O'Donnell is secretly the leader of the New IRA, a group determined to re-kindle the troubles and destabilise the peace process. Not only is The Firm willing to assist Fuller and his team in assassinating O'Donnell, but will pay handsomely for the privilege. 

'The Fire' is book two in the Rick Fuller Trilogy... The game is definitely back on.


Again, Robert White has delivered for his fans with a gritty 'no-holds-barred' sequel to The FIX and another late-night race to read to the end.

Des, Lauren, and Rick Fuller again work hard to right the wrongs of the past and are soon knee-deep in fresh conspiracies where not unexpectedly, the British Government's involvement interferes with their search for justice. However, things aren't what they seem, and the trio is soon in deep trouble, and then things begin to get interesting.

Robert's second Rick Fuller novel is as good, if not better than the first. It's gritty, hard-nosed approach to describing the underbelly of Britain's criminal fraternity, and the duplicity of its government is entirely plausible.

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