“The Unlikely Death” by Niko Ford is one of the most creative and best-written novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go (that opening sentence will grab your attention for sure!), and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different settings, and her attention to detailing in the characterizations and the sci/fi world-building. I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes before but am familiar with the characters, but this was such a cool new angle to make one “dead” and put them in space! John is a great character, and so is the holo of Holmes. Caught me by surprise how much I enjoyed all of it, and it was much deeper and more philosophically ‘complex’ than I’d expected it to be. Excellent editing, and I will love to read the next one, “The Miners of Metis” when it is available!
- Claire with Indie Book Reviewers
Warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an attention-grabbing, unforgettable beginning and just keeps going with one twist after another. The characters of Dr. John Watson, and his ‘deceased’ friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes, (and the others) were fantastic, genuine and believable with great chemistry which was amazing considering the unique circumstances of the story setup. I admit I went into this pretty blind, only scanning the description, but being a fan of sci-fi, mystery, and the classics, I thought this to be a literary mashup too good to pass up, and I was right! I was genuinely impressed with the strong narrative and prose the author Niko Ford demonstrates, and thought it all flowed very well. Great dialogue and flawless editing. A huge plus in my book. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
- Cody with Indie Book Reviewers
First, I have to say that I don’t normally read books that are “Science Fiction” especially ones set in space. But I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and I love me some mysteries. I also like the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, so I thought that this book sounded really intriguing. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on Niko Ford’s “The Unlikely Death”! This was a brilliant novel and very impressive for a debut. I love how the author put such a creative and intelligent spin on some familiar characters and put them in a situation where instead of them solving someone else’s’ murder, they have to solve Sherlock Holmes’s own murder…but what was the best part was that even though he was dead, he wasn’t really, and was still sort of ‘alive’ and so we still have that awesome relationship between Sherlock and Dr. Watson, but it’s totally different. There are many subplots that all come together, but it’s not all done in this one as it will continue on in to the next (this is the first of a series). But it is off to a great start, and all in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
- Stacy Decker with Indie Book Reviewers
This book was terrific! Once I started reading, “The Unlikely Death” by Niko Ford, I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, surprising considering it had some familiar tropes and I was bracing myself for it to be cliché. However, I thought Ms. Ford did a wonderful job of making the beloved characters wholly her own, while keeping true to the essence of the characters and their roles. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and I appreciated the philosophical, almost existential approach that gave this book an unexpected depth and intelligence I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Was satisfied with the ending, although the story definitely isn’t over yet. Would love to read the next one when it’s available! Recommend for fans of sci/fi, mystery, and well-written lit-fiction.
- Cale with Indie Book Reviewers
“The Unlikely Death” By Niko Ford was awesome! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/protag guys… Love that the lead is “dead” and solving his own murder. Even cooler were all the interesting concepts and characters (like Death and the brother) who came along to spice things up, and there was great character development throughout, especially with Dr. Watson. I thought Ms. Ford’s narrative style was just wonderful… very powerful word choices and almost literary at times with the beautiful prose and complex multi- layered storylines… All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me hooked throughout. This was the first in the series, and I think that Ms. Ford is off to a wonderful beginning. Ready for “The Miners of Metis”!
- Jesse Thomas with Indie Book Reviewers
Wow, what a crazy book! I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! I was really intrigued by the idea of a sci/fi Sherlock Holmes in space (what?!) and was not disappointed in the least. I completely hooked from the beginning and my attention never wavered one bit. I was impressed not only with the execution, but the writing itself, and Ms. Ford’s use of word choice. Vivid, atmospheric, and strangely believable (for such a far-out story).If you like science-fiction, mystery/suspense/ and/or philosophy, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. It’s a fast, but entertaining read that will take you through new concepts and perspectives that you’ve never thought of before. By far one the better books I’ve come across lately! Recommend.
- Jenna with Indie Book Reviewers