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It is 2029, twelve years on from a global plague.

John Suter believes himself the sole survivor until he finds a mutilated body in the river near his house. He knows he has no choice but to investigate.

What he discovers upstream stretches his endurance to its limits and forces him to reassess not only his own humanity, but also his place within the human family he had once believed extinct. More

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About Richard Herley

I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology.

My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta.

The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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resonant reviewed on on Jan. 1, 2014

Well written, although somewhat florid in spots. Very good on the details - for example, the protagonist is extremely thorough with his dental hygiene due to the absence of dentists, and his retirement plans include hundreds of cords of neatly-stacked firewood for heating and cooking in his old age.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
brayden reviewed on on June 12, 2013

Masterfully written and gripping thriller that offers an insightful and visionary view of a post apocalyptic society. Very highly recommended.
(review of free book)
Lyn Soussi reviewed on on Jan. 24, 2011

Very good read. Although a little gory in places, they were all appropriate places.. The main character grows well. An interesting take on the apocalypse..
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Laurens Leurs reviewed on on July 26, 2010

I've just finished reading this book and loved it. In Some ways it reminds me of 'The day of the triffids' -another great read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Paul Nash reviewed on on Feb. 14, 2010

To begin with, as the Web can be a dodgy place and I deplore the literary tradition of arranging to be published and reviewed by one's friends, may I state that I do not know the author or have any connection with him apart from the purchase of this book.
Post-apocalypse has become a popular genre, making it more challenging for each new arrival. For me, 'Day of the Triffids' is one of the yardsticks among works by English authors, and this book is of similar quality, with one or two points of direct comparison.
It may suffice to say that I downloaded it, read the sample, bought it and read the rest all in one sitting.
It combines a page-turning plot with excellent writing. The style has a sinewy, economical poetry, and the author uses his evident knowledge of weapons, science and English literature to great effect. As well as telling an action story of occupation and resistance, he explores a philosophical argument between Satanic paganism and Christian morality through the conflict between a village dominated by religious fundamentalists and the gang of sadistic thugs who take it over.
This novel entertained me as a reader and impressed me with its literary qualities, and I recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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