This is amongst the first of the apocalyptic novels and based on the famous British TV series of the 1970s and even more relevant today.
The scene is Britain, over five years after the Great Death which has killed all but a tiny percentage of the population. Throughout the country small groups of survivors are banding together, forming communities, painfully re-learning long-forgotten but essential skills and crafts. The largest of these groups is the authoritarian National Unity Force, whose self-styled President, Arthur Wormley, now lives like a king in Windsor Castle with his scheming and ambitious ‘queen’, Sarah Boyer.
But there are other groups organised on different lines—groups like the ‘Rat-Pack’, who live in the London Underground; the primitive capitalist community in the north whose leader is known simply as ‘The Trader’; and the ‘Red Dragons’, who mount guerrilla-type operations to prevent the NUF from spreading its power into Wales,
The novel centres on Peter Grant after he has shot his mother, Abby. It deals with his successful career in President Wormley’s army, the political intrigues which abound at ‘Court’, his ultimate disillusionment with the system and defection to the Red Dragons who claim to be creating a different type of society.
Although based on characters in the TV series this is a stand-alone novel and can be read as such without prior knowledge of the series.
John Eyers is the pen name used by Peter Hill when he was commissioned to write two books as spin-offs from famous TV series, the other is ‘Special Branch: In at the Kill’.
Under his own name Peter has published ‘The Staunton and Wyndsor Series’ and ‘The Commander Allan Dice Books’, of police murder mysteries and thrillers. These were originally published by major publishing houses worldwide, in hard and paperback editions.
After a successful career as a scriptwriter, editor, and producer in TV drama both in the UK and New Zealand where he now lives, Peter has returned to novel writing, and in a similar genre to ‘Survivors: Genesis of a Hero’ has published the ‘Evolution’s Path’ series.
The three books in this trilogy are ‘Killing Tomorrow’, ‘The Ladies ‘Game’, and ‘Procreation’ which deal with a disturbingly realistic alternative vision of the future.