|Turbulence by Samit Basu, Titan Books, 7th July 2012, £7.99|
What powers or talents infiltrate your dreams? Do you fly, maybe change your shape, become famous or maybe imagine yourself the ultimate soldier. Well during a international flight from London to India, the passengers are made to realise their dream powers. As they all go their separate ways some of them start to realise things have changed while others walk around in ignorant bliss, until they are hunted down.
One man on that flight has acquired a talent that comes in hugely useful, he can control the internet. If it's on a network he can access it mentally like any normal person can pick up a book and flick through the pages. Once he starts to manage his gift, he starts to discover that a large number of the passengers on his flight are missing are more are disappearing every day. He takes it on himself to bring the other 'powered' together and protect them from whoever is meaning them harm.
Two members Of the Indian military happened to be on that flight too. One gains the ability to fly and luckily wants to use his powers to help the people of India and make his country a safer place. But for every good there is a bad and the other soldier on the flight want the country run his way and will do anything to get it. So what choice do the other powered passengers have apart from picking sides and defending what they believe is right.
Turbulence is an utterly captivating and immensly enjoyable superhero novel. There's no slow building up of plot, it chucks you right in at the moment one of the main characters is flying through the air on the way to wipe out Pakistans nuclear threat. I am sure it will draw a few comparisons to graphic novels, especially X-Men but due to the novel format of this story, Basu really manages to get into the characters and their powers. This leaves you really warmed to them and willing the heroes on until your literally perched on the edge of your seat. It was also an added bonus that a lot of the finale is played out in central London, which on a personal level I really enjoy as I love being able to picture locations so easily in my head and imagine the scenes unfolding there. If your looking for brilliantly written, fun and fast paced action that leaves you wanting more, this is definitely it. One word of warning though, you may ignore your loved ones completely until you've finished it.
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