PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am


by Lincoln Child

Arrow $90

Lincoln Child's first solo novel - he has written several best-selling thrillers with Douglas Preston - is a slick genre piece set in a futuristic amusement park.

The park, with its different 'worlds', is meticulously thought-out. Child draws sharp character profiles and advances the plot with clever twists.

Unlike his previous books, this is more of a mystery than a thriller. A terrorist is holding the park hostage by tampering with the code on the computer-controlled roller-coasters. The hero, robotics specialist Andrew Warne, has to stop him if he's to save the lives of the 65,000 visitors to the park.

The story takes place within one day, in which time Warne also has to sort out his love life - choosing between the uppity Sarah and funky Teresa - and find his 14-year-old daughter, who has gone missing in the park.