Monday, June 2, 2014

Sean Gabb's Latest Novel, "The Break"

I've read just about all of Sean Gabb's books, and they're uniformly entertaining and thought-provoking. Since he's a Brit, his novels aren't too well known in the US, so I do what I can to publicize them here.  And I just got this note from Sean. I'm ordering my Kindle copy right now.

My new novel, The Break, has now been published worldwide and in all formats. The Break is a dystopian science fiction novel, set in 2018, by when the UK has become a traumatised and post-apocalyptic police state. I'm rather proud of the helicopter gunship massacre in Oxford Street. 

This is my ninth published novel and my twelfth written. Hodder & Stoughton have published six of my historical novels, and several have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Indonesian and Chinese.  See below for extracts from reviews of my previous books.

You can buy in these formats:

1. Hardback - un objet de luxe, intended mostly for the gift market
2. Paperback - still a fine object, but for those who prefer physical books to pixels on a tablet
3. For Kindle

If you buy my book and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review at your favourite on-line book seller. You might also care to look at my other sixteen books in print.



Product Description: The Break, by Sean Gabb, published 2nd June 2014

No one knows what caused The Break eleven months ago, but there's no sign of its end.

England is settling into its new future as a reindustrialising concentration camp. The rest of the world is watching… waiting... curious...

It’s Wednesday the 7th March 2018 – in the mainland UK. Everywhere else, it’s some time in June 1065.

Jennifer thinks her family survived The Hunger because of their smuggling business – tampons and paracetamol to France, silver back to England. Little does she know what game her father was really playing, as she recrosses the Channel from an impromptu mission of her own. Little can she know how her life has already been torn apart.

Who has taken Jennifer’s parents? Where are they? What is the Home Secretary up to with the Americans? Why is she so desperate to lay hands on Michael? Will Jesus Christ return to Earth above Oxford Circus? When will the “Doomsday Project” go live?

Can the Byzantine Empire and the Catholic Church take on the British State, and win?

All will be answered – if Jennifer can stay alive in a post-apocalyptic London terrorised by cannibals, by thugs in uniform, and by motorbike gangs of Islamic suicide bombers. 

From the Reviews

“Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot
and I enjoyed it very much.”
(Derek Jacobi, star of I Claudius and Gladiator)

“Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced
 by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.”
(The Daily Telegraph)

“He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story
 and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed.”
(The Mail on Sunday)

“A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history
with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun
will absolutely love this novel.”
 (Historical Novels)

“As always, [his] plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind of his sardonic
 and very earthy hero. This is a story of villainy that reels you in
from its prosaic opening through a series of death-defying thrills and spills.”
(The Lancashire Evening Post)

“It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series,
a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere
with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters,
high philosophy and vulgar comedy.”
(The Morning Star) 


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