Terry Tyler’s nineteenth published work is a psychological thriller set in a dystopian near future – the UK, Year 2028.
Blogger Lita Stone and journalist Nick Freer live and work online, seeing life through soundbites, news TV and social media. Keeping the outside world at bay in their cosy flat, they observe the ruthless activities of the new PM and his celebrity fitness guru wife, Mona (hashtag MoMo), with the mild outrage that can be quelled simply by writing another blog post.
Meanwhile, in the outside world, multinational conglomerate Nutricorp is busy buying up supermarket chains, controlling the media, and financing the new compounds for the homeless: the Hope Villages.
Lita and Nick suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, until the outside world catches up with them – and Lita is forced to discover a strength she never knew she possessed.
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There is a dark, brooding undercurrent which runs throughout this novel, threatening to engulf the very likeable main protagonists, blogger Lita Stone and journalist Nick Freer. This story is set in 2028 within an ominous, dystopian Britain ruled by a mega conglomerate and its puppet politicians; a world full of social media obsession and devices to record every move and thought of the populace. As the lives of the main characters are sucked down into increasingly hopeless situations, they find themselves with no choice but to live in one of the desolate Hope Villages and the feeling of hope becomes more intangible to them. We realize that this world is actually not so very far removed from our current reality, with its TV star politicians and their fashion designer advisers. Indeed the reader can hardly avoid considering whether such a future could be possible in their own reality. Today’s most powerful corporations have access to our every thought and household conversation via the apps and devices we happily buy and install without too much thought for their corporate intentions.
Towards the end of the novel Lita realizes: “The Fear that has been with me all my life has taken on a darker, deadlier form”. With all of the depressing things happening in the world right now this is a relatable statement that is probably true for many of us.
I found myself gripped throughout the novel by a feeling that the narrative is building up to something, some kind of “Final Battle” type of air-clearer, hoping for a much needed happy ending but suspecting all along that in the world of Operation Galton such catharsis was impossible. There is a small sense of hope at which to grasp at the end of the story and I am rooting for Lita and Brody. Let’s hope good things happen to good people. I look forward to reading the sequel, Wasteland.
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About the author
I am self-published and proud to be so, and have twenty-two books on Amazon. My latest release is The Visitor, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as my Project Renova series, but a separate story, with new characters.
I am currently at work on Megacity, the third and final book in the dystopian Operation Galton series, and the follow up Wasteland and Hope.
I’m a Walking Dead addict; I love watching great TV series, and reading anything to do with history, post apocalypse, dystopian scenarios, anthropology, mountaineering and polar exploration.
Favourite writers: Gemma Lawrence, Kate Mary, Blake Crouch, Deborah Swift, Carol Hedges, Douglas Kennedy, John Boyne, Deborah Moggach, Judith Arnopp, Mark Barry, Jon Krakauer, Phillipa Gregory, Robert Leigh, John Privilege, Dylan Morgan, Kate Atkinson, Norah Lofts, Dorothy Parker, Bill Bryson, PJ O’Rourke, Ann Swinfen, Keith Blackmore, Frank Tayell.
Find Terry Tyler here: http://terrytyler59.blogspot.com/