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October: Gabrielle Lord, November 29—December 3, 2013
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

OctoberA brilliant instalment from Conspiracy 365 and possibly the best of the series so far.

There’s a very distinct feeling of the end being nigh in this tenth run, with the December 31 deadline weighing heavily on the minds of protagonist and antagonist alike. We were treated to an abundance of hefty plot progressions on the DMO front, the Winter’s parents front and even on the Mum/Rafe front. And while the tattoo from Kelvin was very obvious, there were some other twists that were complete bolts out of the blue – shocking Cal and audience alike.

Some standout scenes deserve special mention. The Supper of Villains was an excellent sequence, illustrating the terrifying possibility of a Sligo/Oriana coalition. It was fantastic to see the links of Red Singlet and Sumo up against each other, and I do hope the nemeses will clash again in their hunt for Cal and the Ormond Singularity/Jewel/Riddle/Angel/lunchbox/mobile phone app/ITV2 spin-off.

The chilling scene between Cal and Rathbone has to go down as one of the best in the series. Cal comes into his own with a rare upper hand and a steely determination that really sets the ball rolling towards the endgame.

The climax is also spectacular. It seemed very rushed – the seeds of it could have been planted far earlier in the month – but regardless, it gave rise to a genuinely tense ending that is rivalled only by August, though in my opinion October beats it. What a thrilling way to go, though November mustn’t start with the obvious contrivance or more-of-the-same alternatives.

The characters continue to flesh out. Cal, Winter and Boges are a bona fide trio that are fabulous together, and the villains are becoming more and more central. Oriana is a particular joy in every scene-stealing appearance.

Yes, the Zurich Bank scenes and the return of Repro are ridiculously far-fetched, but that aside Lord has really pulled a bunch of rabbits out of the hats. In part 10 of 12, she manages to provide more answers and, even more surprisingly, fresh and exciting new questions that will no doubt catapult us towards the finale.


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