Review & Giveaway: Combustion by Steve Worland


Title: Combustion

Author: Steve Worland

Published: Penguin Australia July 2013

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Status: Read from July 24 to 25, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

Combustion is the perfect read for big budget, action film fans. The explosions come thick and fast, planes fall from the sky and buildings come tumbling down as a madman’s twisted environmental crusade wreaks havoc across LA, and NASA astronaut Judd Bell and Australian chopper pilot Corey Purchase are reunited in an effort to save the world – again!

In the first book, Velocity, the pair were forced to work together in an effort to recover a hijacked space shuttle, and Judd’s girlfriend Rhonda, from a group of mercenaries who planned to detonate a dirty nuke.
Combustion opens around nine months after those events as Judd, Corey, Rhonda and Steverson are meeting in LA for talks with the company making a movie about their heroic exploits. While Rhonda and Steverson are still enroute, Bunsen initiates the first phase of his plan to force the world to reconsider their reliance on fossil fuels – releasing a controlled amount of the airborne nanotech virus he spent 20 million dollars developing, which targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. As vehicles begin to explode all over LA, a chance encounter reveals to Judd and Corey the existence of an antidote, and with emergency services crippled it is up to the pair to retrieve it and then stop Bunsen’s plans for global destruction.

Combustion is all about the action that unfolds at a breakneck pace. From a foot chase of a packed school bus, to cycling stunts on the Hollywood Freeway, explosions galore and daring aerial feats as Corey attempts to outrun a surface to air missile (or two). This is cinematic action, unsurprising since Worland has a background in screen writing. I compared Velocity to a Nicholas Cage movie but I think Combustion reminds me most of Die Hard 4 (Live Free, Die Hard).

That makes Judd John McClane (Bruce Willis), I guess and there are some similarities, for example Judd is equally as uncomfortable with the hero tag, though for different reasons than McClane, and it is something Judd has to work through as he and Corey careen around LA. In general though Judd’s motives in Combustion are more altruistic and he curses a lot less (actually I don’t think he curses at all!).
I love the humour of the banter between Judd and Corey and between Corey and Spike (yes his dog).
Corey is more of an equal partner in Combustion than the sidekick he was relegated to in Velocity. He brings specific skills to the adventure and with Judd doubting himself, he steps up to take the lead when needed in his own way. There is also romance for Corey in this novel with film agent Lola whom he rescues from a burning building.

Just like Velocity, Combustion is a fun, exciting, fast paced and action packed novel. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see either on the big screen sometime soon.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teddyree
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 19:25:12

    Well I like breakneck speed novels and I happen to be a fan of the Die Hard movies so I’m sold, but if I needed extra encouragement Spike would be it lol



  2. Denise Thompson
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:26:14

    it is great reading keeps you in suspence had the ride of my life in Volocity



  3. Mervyn Allen
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:19:04

    i LOVED volocityand hope that you make a movie as I loved it kept me in suspence
    I have not read Combustion but would love to keep up the great work Steve



  4. Mervyn Allen
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:23:20

    I could not get enugh of your book volocity and i have been waitng on the library for a copy as i am thrilled with your writing leaves me guesting love it hope to win Combution love your work steve was here at the echuca library when you were here loved you I was on cloud nine



  5. denise thompson
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:28:03

    like my uncle I hope to win COMBUSTION as I have never won a thiong in my life
    and I liked the way nasa was combined in with it and i also was wanting more Steve
    you wrote the best book that I have read and not been able to put down



  6. denise thompson
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 11:30:04

    Please let me win the book as I love your work so much it keeps me
    in supence i want more cant get enough i am 67 and never won a thing but this is what i would love
    keep it up write another book keep me happy



  7. Denise Thompson
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:29:28

    I love your book that much that I walk three kilometers just to enter
    i loved volocity but am having trouble finding it to buy please keep
    on writing as you have a good imagination and have me and my uncle
    sitting on the edge of our seats love the work you have done Steve
    I hope to win I will be over the moon if I have such luck you are a great writer



  8. Denise Thompson
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 10:33:44

    I have just read your book combustion from the echuca library and I was thrilled
    I hope that you write some more like that I could not put the book down
    I love Cory and his dog Spike there is humor and suspence and you think a bad guy is dead and he is not great work Steve




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