The UK, year 2139.
One hundred and fifteen years ago, a mysterious virus wiped out ninety-five per cent of humanity.
Blackthorn, the largest settlement in England, rose from the ashes of the devastated old world. It is a troubled city, where the workers live in crude shacks, and make do with the worst of everything.
It is a city of violent divisions, crime, and an over-populated jail block, until a charismatic traveller has a miraculous vision, and promises to bring hope back to the people’s lives.
Blackthorn falls under Ryder Swift’s spell, and the most devoted of all is the governor’s loyal servant, Lieutenant August Hemsley.
Twenty-one-year-old Evie has lived her whole life in the shacks. She and disillusioned guard Byron Lewis are two of a minority who have doubts about Ryder’s message. Can they stand against the beliefs of an entire city?
If someone had told me perhaps a few years ago that I’d be completely hooked on a series of dystopian books by one particular author I wouldn’t have believed them, unless they were referring to a series written by Stephen King perhaps as a continuation of one of my favourite books written by him – The Stand.
That was until I read the series of books called Project Renova by Terry Tyler about a flu virus that destroyed much of the population of our planet and technology became redundant. The books in that series were outstanding and now Terry Tyler has written another book called Blackthorn, a stand alone book but one that is further into the future of the characters that fans of the series grew to love, hate and obsess about. We all wanted more and thankfully the author obliged.
Blackthorn IS an absolutely outstanding read.
When an enigmatic, charismatic and handsome visitor travels to and from the walled city of Blackthorn according to the seasons, he discovers that the city residents are completely enthralled by him. He can’t do any wrong it seems. He has the sanction of the governor Wolf North to come and go as he pleases and any rules don’t appear to apply to him. Ryder is special. When outside the city on one occasion accompanied by a few friends of his he has a vision and appears to be in receipt of benevolent messages given to him by a sentient ‘being’ that he calls ‘The Light’. At first he is greeted by scepticism, disbelief and some friendly mockery. The more scholarly inhabitants, having read books from the old world speculate about the source of ‘The Light’
Wolf North governor of Blackthorn himself endorses Ryder and his beliefs and also feels that the inhabitants of the city should do likewise and live in harmony together sharing the message of The Light.
As more and more people believe and want to live better, more productive and caring lives, only Evie a baker from the shacks and her friends Jay and Byron are sceptical about the whole thing and the motives of Ryder.
Without giving away any significant spoilers, the narrative takes on a deeply disturbing and sinister turn, particularly when young attractive women are encouraged to be Angels of The Light and marry some especially chosen guards in order to produce offspring that will apparently enhance the gene pool of the population of Blackthorn.
Absolutely gripping book and one I couldn’t put down! Oh My Goodness, this is SO good.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Blackthorn’, set in a post apocalyptic England, 115 years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.