Blackthorn by Terry Tyler
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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?
This is my second Terry Tyler book and it is a fast-paced and fascinating dystopian read. Blackthorn is a gated community in England created to keep survivors safe from the fatal Bat Fever virus, but when the town decides to embrace the Enlightenment, the residents aren’t safe anymore.
Blackthorn is a character-driven story built around three main characters. Lieutenant Hemsley, a loyal guard for the egomaniacal Governor Wolf North, Byron Lewis, a skeptical guard of Governor North, and Evie, a disillusioned working-class resident. Ryder, a traveler who believes he is the chosen one is influenced by the Governor to continue his legacy to go down in history. I can’t go into detail because it will give away the plot, so I will have to stop there.
Overall, it is a gripping and disturbing story with many layers that are unpeeled gradually to find the horrific truth of Blackthorn and its residents. Recommend highly!
Thank you to Ms. Tyler for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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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/