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The first book in a new trilogy by the author of the bestselling The World Walker series. “My name is Daniel Harbin and I’m a child of The Deterrent.” What if a super human turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979, and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been reveale The first book in a new trilogy by the author of the bestselling The World Walker series. “My name is Daniel Harbin and I’m a child of The Deterrent.” What if a super human turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979, and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children—those that survived—and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now. Armed with a diary that reveals everything about The Deterrent’s early years, Daniel Harbin—discovering powers of his own—finds himself dragged into the same secretive government department his famous father worked for. Can a halfhero be a better superhero than his father, or is Daniel making a terrible mistake? When the wrong people know what you’re capable of, no matter how powerful you are, you're still in danger….


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The first book in a new trilogy by the author of the bestselling The World Walker series. “My name is Daniel Harbin and I’m a child of The Deterrent.” What if a super human turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979, and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been reveale The first book in a new trilogy by the author of the bestselling The World Walker series. “My name is Daniel Harbin and I’m a child of The Deterrent.” What if a super human turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979, and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children—those that survived—and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now. Armed with a diary that reveals everything about The Deterrent’s early years, Daniel Harbin—discovering powers of his own—finds himself dragged into the same secretive government department his famous father worked for. Can a halfhero be a better superhero than his father, or is Daniel making a terrible mistake? When the wrong people know what you’re capable of, no matter how powerful you are, you're still in danger….

30 review for Children Of The Deterrent

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Promising start, disappointing middle... you get the picture.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    The best thing about this story was the narration. The plot started well, sagged in the middle and ended indifferently. Although it was adult fiction it had a YA feel to it, possibly due to a lack of emotional depth to the characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    See this review and more on Books and Ladders! DNF @ 11% If I had to listen to another second of this, especially about male puberty, I was going to cry. How does this have such a high rating on here? Plus an attempted rape.... no thanks

  4. 4 out of 5

    Conrad Toft

    What do an amorphous blob of slime and a fat kid have in common. Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Ellison

    Abit more sombre of a" superhero " story, it's a good alternative. The events are oddly arranged and that's the beauty of the book, with diary entries of the earlier years in 1979 and then jumping to offspring accounts of events. They are armed with mysterious abilities and tying to avoid the government hunting them down Abit more sombre of a" superhero " story, it's a good alternative. The events are oddly arranged and that's the beauty of the book, with diary entries of the earlier years in 1979 and then jumping to offspring accounts of events. They are armed with mysterious abilities and tying to avoid the government hunting them down

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clara Nellist

    Very interesting take on the superhero story and much darker than I would have expected. I really enjoyed the narration in the audiobook.

  7. 4 out of 5

    gord

    An excellent book that deserves far more attention. Given that it is ostensibly a "superhero" book, I expected a rather light pulpy read. That's not what this is. It's a serious look at what the world might do to a being with "super-powers". The book has some weak points, but these can be overlooked as they are minimal compared to the strength of the ideas. Well worth the read! An excellent book that deserves far more attention. Given that it is ostensibly a "superhero" book, I expected a rather light pulpy read. That's not what this is. It's a serious look at what the world might do to a being with "super-powers". The book has some weak points, but these can be overlooked as they are minimal compared to the strength of the ideas. Well worth the read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Niall Teasdale

    Oh, this is a hard one to rate. I'm quite sure others would give it more stars and it's a bit of a toss-up between 2 and 3 for me. It definitely deserves more (4 perhaps) for the narration, which is excellent. This reminds me of the Wild Card books (of which I have struggled through one). It sits in the subgenre of superhero fiction which some would, I'm sure, describe as 'realistic' and I describe as depressing. I honestly believe that, had I been reading this myself, I'd have dumped by the midw Oh, this is a hard one to rate. I'm quite sure others would give it more stars and it's a bit of a toss-up between 2 and 3 for me. It definitely deserves more (4 perhaps) for the narration, which is excellent. This reminds me of the Wild Card books (of which I have struggled through one). It sits in the subgenre of superhero fiction which some would, I'm sure, describe as 'realistic' and I describe as depressing. I honestly believe that, had I been reading this myself, I'd have dumped by the midway point because nothing good happens for the first 5 hours or so. Things pick up a little after that, but it's a bittersweet novel throughout and I'm rather glad to get to the end of it. I seriously need a comedy after that. This is a grimdark superhero novel. It's what you'd get if George R. R. Martin was writing for DC (oddly, Martin is the editor of Wild Cards), minus the incest. I also happened to suffer from some shattering of immersion at times. One of the instances of that comes very early on when our hero crushes a car. In a straight-up comic book, I would have accepted the description, but this book tries to be sort of realistic, so it came across as physically ridiculous. Basically, if this lad could do what was described, he'd be cracking the pavement with every step he took. You try leaning on the roof of a car; doesn't matter how strong you are, you'll lift yourself before you flatten the vehicle. There were a couple of other descriptions which just bounced out as wrong without warning, jarring me out of the narrative. So, if you like superheroes and Game of Thrones, this might be a good choice for you. Otherwise, you still might like it, but you have been warned.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LordOfDorkness

    Alien superhero has babies with ladies. All kind of tomfoolery ensues. Vastly entertaining.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    Good start to a new series I enjoyed reading this. This book has a new angle which sets it apart from your average superhero story, making it a more intriguing read. I have only given a 4 star rating purely due to the fact, that when I compare this to the phenomenal world walker series (yes I am aware this is not the same genre, but it's difficult not to compare) it just lacks something. However, this is only the first edition and I'm sure that their are plenty of twist, turns and revelations to Good start to a new series I enjoyed reading this. This book has a new angle which sets it apart from your average superhero story, making it a more intriguing read. I have only given a 4 star rating purely due to the fact, that when I compare this to the phenomenal world walker series (yes I am aware this is not the same genre, but it's difficult not to compare) it just lacks something. However, this is only the first edition and I'm sure that their are plenty of twist, turns and revelations to come. I for one can't wait for the next book and if you haven't already read the World Walker series then what the hell are you waiting for! Go buy all 4 books now, they are fantastic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rob Collard

    Full of Surprises - Not just "another superhero story" I stumbled across this book and thought I'd give it a read... Amazing! Everything about this book was fresh - at no point could I predict what would ensue over the 4/5 hours spent reading it. Each character was well-defined (which is hard from a book mostly consisting of diary entries), and I genuinely cared about each of them. The book was just the right length - not too long, but not too short either. I eagerly await Book #2. Full of Surprises - Not just "another superhero story" I stumbled across this book and thought I'd give it a read... Amazing! Everything about this book was fresh - at no point could I predict what would ensue over the 4/5 hours spent reading it. Each character was well-defined (which is hard from a book mostly consisting of diary entries), and I genuinely cared about each of them. The book was just the right length - not too long, but not too short either. I eagerly await Book #2.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fleur Williamson

    Some books are a simply great read. And some are even better when you listen to them. The audiobook version of this is a true delight with the female narrator reading Cressida’s character so perfectly, I frequently laughed out loud. I thoroughly enjoyed his book, even more so knowing it is only book one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carole O'Brien

    This is the sort of book you can get lost in, it takes you to another world and you are hanging on every world, well worth a read, I cannot wait for the next one, I just love the way this author writes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    “Another brilliant book! Sainsbury's best yet. His character development and ability to surprise you just get better with each book. This one is SO up to date it even has a homage to BBC's Blue Planet Racer Snakes! Totally brilliant and cannot wait for the next instalment.” “Another brilliant book! Sainsbury's best yet. His character development and ability to surprise you just get better with each book. This one is SO up to date it even has a homage to BBC's Blue Planet Racer Snakes! Totally brilliant and cannot wait for the next instalment.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Orlaith M Palmer

    Another clever gripping original story! Love this writer and loved this book. I'm so happy he's ridiculously prolific with his writing and full of brilliant ideas as it won't be long till the next one - yay! Another clever gripping original story! Love this writer and loved this book. I'm so happy he's ridiculously prolific with his writing and full of brilliant ideas as it won't be long till the next one - yay!

  16. 5 out of 5

    jacqui jeromson

    Awesome Devoured in one session, and writing this at 3am. That weirdness mentioned in the afterword doesn't only happen during the writing, it occurs whilst reading, too. A cracking good story, once again! Awesome Devoured in one session, and writing this at 3am. That weirdness mentioned in the afterword doesn't only happen during the writing, it occurs whilst reading, too. A cracking good story, once again!

  17. 4 out of 5

    MTK

    Πολύ καλό στο είδος του, αν και οι χαρακτήρες είναι μάλλον δισδιάστατοι, αλλά όχι του γούστου μου. Very good for its kind, just not very much to my taste. The characters were somewhat one-dimensional.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hindess

    A great start to a new series. Packed with interesting ideas and a little humour too. Looking forward to the next one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    I C Douglas

    A twist on Super heroes Strange but compelling read on Super heroes, well worth a read and I doubt you'll be disappointed. Don't like to say much more as it may spoil your fun A twist on Super heroes Strange but compelling read on Super heroes, well worth a read and I doubt you'll be disappointed. Don't like to say much more as it may spoil your fun

  20. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Ellison

    Captivating Unusual and/but captivating. The character development is well done and the mechanics of it fun and a bit different. I’m looking forward to the next novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    R L MAPP

    Cor! Blimey. Written with fluidity,smooth yet rippled. Sucking reader along,a sweet special honey yarn. If the next is as good I may have, buy it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    Wow that was great. Different for a Superhero story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fred Wagner

    Overall this book was, well, interesting. Such a cliché word befits this well. Just some "problems" I suppose. At least from my listening/reading perspective (review of Audible edition here so...). I will say that I didn't much care for the back-n-forth narration. Through gender and time itself it was awkward. Kind of like puberty which Daniel detailed for quite a while. Least the anticipation of it especially initially. Felt like Judy Blume could very well have written this section. Are you the Overall this book was, well, interesting. Such a cliché word befits this well. Just some "problems" I suppose. At least from my listening/reading perspective (review of Audible edition here so...). I will say that I didn't much care for the back-n-forth narration. Through gender and time itself it was awkward. Kind of like puberty which Daniel detailed for quite a while. Least the anticipation of it especially initially. Felt like Judy Blume could very well have written this section. Are you there God? It's me. Daniel. I must note, however, that even though sort of irrelevant to the story in so many ways, well, it was presented amazingly well. Still gotta wonder "Why bother?", however. Criseda(sp?) was far too often an annoyance. Talk about a clichéd character. My god! Anyway, all of this was outright duldrum for at least the first half of the book. Not a telling of a story. But a monotonous accounting of the facts. Such would bode well I suppose in a significantly longer book. In this I was seriously considering a mere 3-star rating (not common for me to delve below 4 stars with books I have personally "researched" and chosen and purchased for myself). Well, the book made a dramatic turn-around. Eventually. Taking far too long to occur when the book is a mere 9 hours in length (the trilogy a mere 25 or 26 hours total). Regardless, at some point, despite its dry accounting-style still mostly in effect, it elevated itself to a piece of actual literature and not just "some book which managed to get published". It was elevated into what was 5-star writing. NO doubt!! Something not easy to pull off I'm sure considering the still similar style of it. And so I must acquiesce and assign this one 4 stars. The writing and more in the latter third or so was pretty well brilliant and masterful I suppose considering little divergence in writing style. Personally with such I often have felt that an author seems to instill poetry within the prose. Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles is a phenomenally brilliant example of such. Well, I have already moved onto book 2 as I write this. Potentially a third through it already. Suppose I should save any "commentary" for a review of that should I feel compelled to bother. One thing I must say is that I truly suspect this could easily have been a far more lengthy series. Perhaps doubly so. Oh, well. BTW, I thoroughly enjoyed the World Walker series from this author. Interesting how the writing styles seem to vary so dramatically. I suspect some of this, however, to be attributed directly to the affect of the narration. Well, overall... THIS IS ALL GOOD.... WORTHWHILE READING... and short enough that if you overall STILL aren't drawn into what is underlying, well, little time would have been spent with such pursuit. I personally feel this time was and still now is in book 2 presently TIME WELL SPENT!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yvon Barker

    I found this a compelling audio-book; extremely well narrated and absorbing characters in a believable yet occasionally darkly humerus world. Very British in both genre and humour without the 'kitschy' elements that grate on ones senses. I love a book that can throw in a few 'geek' or 'fan-base' references without them overpowering the 'feel' of the narrative. There was just enough to convince me that the protagonist could have been the boy next door. Also, the juxtaposition of the two timelines t I found this a compelling audio-book; extremely well narrated and absorbing characters in a believable yet occasionally darkly humerus world. Very British in both genre and humour without the 'kitschy' elements that grate on ones senses. I love a book that can throw in a few 'geek' or 'fan-base' references without them overpowering the 'feel' of the narrative. There was just enough to convince me that the protagonist could have been the boy next door. Also, the juxtaposition of the two timelines that thread through the narrative add a wonderfully 'historic' authenticity to the work. Kudos to the author for highlighting the technological disparities between the main characters environments. The overall 'feel' of the genre was to me reminiscent of a cross between 'The Imitation Game' and 'Zenith'. It is amazing yet everyday, dark and yet hopeful, factual yet inexplicable - I loved it! I have not read the author's previous works but shall probably do so now as I impatiently await the next book in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Duffey

    Yep it's ok this book, fun The concept, the concept is really good and the outline of the story is really good and when you read the authors notes at the end you realise yep, you had a few decent messages to get across. So all in all a good through away book easyish reading. But oh man it could of been so much more especially with that concept and some of the situations, points in history the characters find themselves at. The book skins loads it never deep dives so the characters are never fully Yep it's ok this book, fun The concept, the concept is really good and the outline of the story is really good and when you read the authors notes at the end you realise yep, you had a few decent messages to get across. So all in all a good through away book easyish reading. But oh man it could of been so much more especially with that concept and some of the situations, points in history the characters find themselves at. The book skins loads it never deep dives so the characters are never fully fleshed out, there is no commentary about motivation of the antagonists or hero's except a tiny bit about George but not enough. The action ain't great either which it sort of should be in a superhero story as a minimum. The author sets up some great stuff during chapters but never his down the rabbit hole. Brixton riots, Daniels missions, And missions, Corstairs backstory there is loads more. The concept tho it sort of books you well it some even with the 2d characters. I'll be getting the next book so look forward to the story telling development

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauraloves

    I downloaded this book from audible as it sounded quite good – but I didn’t realise that it was the first in a trilogy at the time! This book is about Daniel, a guy who sort of figures out he has super-human powers. It was done in a really good way – I’ve read a few books where super-powers were made to be unbelievable but it really works in this book. Along with Daniel it also jumps back to the 1970’s to a young girl called Cressida. It did take a little bit of getting used to with the double n I downloaded this book from audible as it sounded quite good – but I didn’t realise that it was the first in a trilogy at the time! This book is about Daniel, a guy who sort of figures out he has super-human powers. It was done in a really good way – I’ve read a few books where super-powers were made to be unbelievable but it really works in this book. Along with Daniel it also jumps back to the 1970’s to a young girl called Cressida. It did take a little bit of getting used to with the double narration but it soon led me to try to work out how the two of them were interlinked – and it took me a while to work this out – it wasnt as obvious as first thought. This book was both very well written and very well narrated and I’ve already downloaded part two of the trilogy to listen to asap! I can’t seem to find part 3 on audible just yet but hopefully it will be released soon as the first book was really good!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hinde

    I liked that Sainsbury didn't pull any punches with this tale. People that have dedicated their lives to scrambling for as much power as they can get, are just the sort to covet what a super-human might provide. The question is, how would they go about obtaining this new power, and then controlling it. At times there seemed little hope for any of the decent people who provided the reader with their separate points of view. I'm glad that a light finally appeared at the end of the tunnel, even if w I liked that Sainsbury didn't pull any punches with this tale. People that have dedicated their lives to scrambling for as much power as they can get, are just the sort to covet what a super-human might provide. The question is, how would they go about obtaining this new power, and then controlling it. At times there seemed little hope for any of the decent people who provided the reader with their separate points of view. I'm glad that a light finally appeared at the end of the tunnel, even if we only get a brief taste of what lies beyond. I'd go so far as to say this novel is a must read for any who call themselves aficionados of the meta-human genre. It's not as cynical as "The Boys" and certainly not the saccharine take from the 1940's. Rather, we get a realistic look at the likely result of modern political and military thinking, as it is faced with comic-book powers. Not pretty.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Harry

    Very enjoyable characters, I especially liked Cressida's sections. The book alternates between her diary of the past and the pov from Daniel in the present. I found this worked very well and I was taken with both storylines. There are a lot of well known tropes here, the evil military secret department abusing the creature/alien/? and only thinking to make ridiculous weapons; the sole woman in the 60s lab is overlooked and frustrated but actually the heroine; the loner loser bullied kid is grant Very enjoyable characters, I especially liked Cressida's sections. The book alternates between her diary of the past and the pov from Daniel in the present. I found this worked very well and I was taken with both storylines. There are a lot of well known tropes here, the evil military secret department abusing the creature/alien/? and only thinking to make ridiculous weapons; the sole woman in the 60s lab is overlooked and frustrated but actually the heroine; the loner loser bullied kid is granted with powers and a secret bloodline... but each cliche is like an old friend. I see them, acknowledge them and they're welcome because they worked well. I liked that ABOS felt actually alien and they couldn't quite pin down the emotions or motivations. I'm eager to see what the rest of the trilogy is like.

  29. 4 out of 5

    TheBedouin

    Great read. After Mr. Sainsbury first highly successful The World Walkers series, I wasn't sure if the author could repeat it. He did. The reason for the 5 stars is because this book of the trilogy is not just a great story, it is a reflection of the author's personal trials and tribulations, a humanity manifested through the prose and the characters. To fully appreciate the book you must read the Author's Notes after reading the books in order to appreciate this review. I have no doubt that Mr. Great read. After Mr. Sainsbury first highly successful The World Walkers series, I wasn't sure if the author could repeat it. He did. The reason for the 5 stars is because this book of the trilogy is not just a great story, it is a reflection of the author's personal trials and tribulations, a humanity manifested through the prose and the characters. To fully appreciate the book you must read the Author's Notes after reading the books in order to appreciate this review. I have no doubt that Mr. Sainsbury will rise in popularity and become part of the top authors we Sci-Fi readers will Follow and anticipate his books for time to come. If you are like me and look for a Review count before you check out a book, I ask that you put that aside and try Mr. Sainsbury books. You Won't regret it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yemic

    my best book of the year, although I have only read four so far. I got lost in the book from the 1st page, a superhero novel set in the UK is not something I'll put down that quickly. This is not your run of the mill stereotype, what's up in the sky superhero novel, this more reality of how the world (government) will act. Like the fact that focus was on the personality and development of each character not heroic or cowardly act. The writing style is brilliant, Toni the reporter is the best, I l my best book of the year, although I have only read four so far. I got lost in the book from the 1st page, a superhero novel set in the UK is not something I'll put down that quickly. This is not your run of the mill stereotype, what's up in the sky superhero novel, this more reality of how the world (government) will act. Like the fact that focus was on the personality and development of each character not heroic or cowardly act. The writing style is brilliant, Toni the reporter is the best, I laughed all through her interview with power man. "if a man with a shoulder as wide as my freezer warps his arms around you and ask you to close your eyes......... you do it."

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