Book Review, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Kill Code by Clive Fleury


When the oceans rise…the truth drowns.

It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.

Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.

But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams. 

But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets. 

In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?


You have all agreed to be tested on every conceivable level of mental, emotional, and physical hardship,” General Stoker said. “Our job here is to make you wish you’d never been born. We will subject you to every form of cruelty, depravity, and humiliation you can imagine. You will be scarred, starved, and forced to wonder why God played the cruel trick of ever putting you on this miserable earth. You will ask yourself a simple question… ‘Is anything worth this?’ My answer is just as simple. YES. IT. IS.

This fast-paced thriller is set in 2031, a dystopian world after climate change that has made conditions on earth a living hell. The rich and powerful are catered to while everyone else is struggling to stay alive. Hogan Huran is one of those strugglers, an ex-cop who needs to get away from the city and is chosen to train for the National Security Council (NSC) which protects society from criminals like the Krails, rebels against the rich and powerful.

Hogan has seen things that do not make sense. Can he still be an NSC officer while maintaining his integrity? Who can he trust? 

Kill Code is an entertaining sci-fi thriller with many twists and turns that had this reader holding her breath on several occasions. An enjoyable read!

Thank you to Mr. Fleury for giving me the opportunity to review his book without the expectation of a positive review.


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Clive FleuryClive Fleury is an award-winning writer of books and screenplays, and a TV and film director and producer. He has worked for major broadcasters and studios on a wide variety of successful projects in the US, UK, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

When Clive was young, a man behind a big desk who called himself a ‘Career Specialist’ fell about laughing when Clive told him he wanted to tell stories. The ‘Expert’ had other plans. “You should be an engineer, that’s what you should be,” he said. Clive ignored his advice and embarked upon a very different life.

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