January 28th, 2009

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rec: Flashover by VittoriaVetra

Story: Flashover
Author: VittoriaVetra
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 42318
Characters: Eight, Charley
Author's Summary:The science of fire is not one that is always understood. Fire behavior is strange sometimes, at best, downright frightening at its worst. The investigation of a rash of urban fires with bizarre circumstances requires the Doctor's unique abilities, but he and Charley soon learn that if you play with fire -- you almost always get burned.

Recced because: When the author starts each chapter with quotes from the NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, you know she knows her stuff. I love stories that take minor, somewhat strange events and throw major sci-fi twists at them, and that's just what VittoriaVetra does in Flashover. It's a story featuring Eight and Charley in present-day Chicago, and it wouldn't be out of place as one of the better Big Finish audios-- with the added bonus that they don't need to find actors that can do good American accents ;) VittoriaVetra has a swift narrative style. She populates the story with believable and well-rounded original characters in a backdrop that you can tell the author knows intimately. But she also does a marvelous job capturing the relationship between the Eighth Doctor and Charley. Plus there's danger, mystery, intrigue and aliens-- who could ask for more?

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