Veteran comes highly recommended, at least by its publisher, as the debut novel of a major new British SF talent. And yet, in many respects, it is remarkably old school for the genre, dealing with a long-going space war with an implacable alien menace, and regularly presenting readers with a stupendous array of incredible weapons that are, with all the inevitability of a gadget shown early on in a James Bond movie, used to invariably violent effect later on…  And yet, to be fair, it does take us to some places never visited by SF novels before — Dundee, for instance? [PFC]

Veteran, Gavin Smith, Gollancz, £12.99, ISBN 978 0 575 09410 9

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