Since financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves.
It is 2106. Seventy years have passed since our world collapsed in complete banking disaster. A new élite rules, more in tune with the times. Overpopulation, mass extinctions and CO2 emissions are problems no longer. For most people, staying alive is the problem.
Donald Aldingford survives as a London barrister who asks no questions, until he gets shot down and jailed for violating private airspace. Through this misfortune, he learns that his brother Lawrence has been condemned to eight years of slave labour for crimes he did not commit. On returning to London, Donald sets off down the dangerous path of tracing those who have disappeared.
In this way, he meets Sarah-Kelly Newman, a young revolutionary from the slums. She is searching for Lawrence because they were engaged to be married. Her radical ideas impress Donald more and more as he witnesses the violence of the protectors of wealth.
The rebellion, when it finally comes, creates tremendous opportunities for power. It also reveals secrets that could destroy whatever is left of Donald’s faith in humanity.
Sovereigns of the Collapse is a five-book dystopian saga of political intrigue, high adventure and revolutionary war. The remaining four books are all available now.
Targeted Age Group:: 17 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have had a fairly varied life working mainly for international corporations in a number of countries, including Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA as well as here at home in the UK. In addition, I have naturally worked at a variety of levels, from grunt up to boardroom poseur. This has allowed me to study the mystery of status: why are engineers valued highly in, say, Germany, but are not considered part of the "upper middle class" in Britain, especially not in the south-east of England.
To cut a long story, it has come to my notice that what passes as "democracy" is actually an elaborate form of feudalism, especially in countries with large stock markets and financial sectors (like the UK). It has further come to my notice that the unspoken social contract that has evolved between the serfs and the knights seals the doom of affluent society.
My dystopian tale dramatises life in the new world after this one has collapsed under the weight of its own foolishness.
It is not a nice place, except for a few.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The worst characters come from Nazi and communist criminals I have read about (most of whom were depressingly highy educated and from respectable backgrounds). The ambivalent characters are from military personnel I have met, corporate leaders, and lawyers. There are no "goodies" in these books, any more than there are "goodies" in real life.
The cell door banged shut behind Prisoner Aldingford.
Grit shaken from the ceiling settled on his shoulders. Bolts rapped home in short order one-two-three, top, middle and bottom. Hobnailed boots crackled off up the corridor.
Donald Aldingford stood swaying and trembling, taking stock of his injuries. He massaged his neck. He had been led into captivity like a dog, tethered by a leather collar. The trooper holding the tether had shown little gentleness in keeping his charge in tow. At one point, when Donald tripped over a log, the swine wrenched him upright with all the subtly of the gallows and cursed him worse than if he had been some native. Just thinking about the incident brought on a foolish urge to yell out and submit a complaint. As if any of these damned troopers would care.
The most painful wound was a laceration in the top of his right thigh, about six inches from his groin. It had been caused by a splinter from an anti-aircraft shell. Blood from the wound had soaked the front of his trousers during the long walk from the site of the crash…
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