Alternate History-Apocalyptic: L-2011
by Mark Gillespie
Alternate History-Apocalyptic: L-2011 (Future of London Series #1) Kindle Edition...
The Revolution Will Be Televised, Retweeted And Liked
The London riots - coordinated by technology and social media - have brought the city to its knees.
Historic buildings have been burned to the ground. Shops are looted, businesses and homes destroyed at random.
The politicians try to resolve the crisis, but the Houses of Parliament are no longer a match for the influence of the Internet, where two alternative leaders have emerged in an online battle for the future soul of London.
Chester George - a masked man whose real identity is unknown, uses YouTube, punk rock and fierce intellect to spread the anarchy.
Sadie Hobbs - Reality TV star and blogger. Loathed and controversial, she urges 'normal’ society to fight back against Chester George and the 'feral rats’ destroying the city.
The fate of London hangs in the balance. And when the day of reckoning comes, hundreds of thousands of people - including sixteen-year-old Mack Walker - will descend upon the city for the final showdown - and a day that London will never forget.
Check Out What One Reader Had To Say Below!!
By Chanatkins on May 23, 2016
soon learn that the book is based around true life events; that of the shooting of Mark Duggan by the police in 2011. The protest soon evolves into the riots that shook Britain in 2011.
As we all know, the riots only lasted a few days, but in this book the author has wondered what if...What if the riots didn't end after a few days, what if they went on and on?
The plot then revolves around the exploits of four teens, Mack and the three Tottenham boys he has fallen in with. Coming from a middle class, white family, Mack feels he has to prove himself to his new gang, but he is also haunted by the violent events he was involved with in Scotland. Ultimately, he has to decide whether to listen to his parents, or follow his new friends into the heart of civil disobedience and chaos.
I liked Mack immensely. In fact I liked and believed in all of the characters in this book. The plot moves at a steady pace, and the events, characters and dialogue are all highly believable. The book is in many ways a coming of age tale, but it also manages to adequately portray the simmering anger and resentment that led to the 2011 riots.
I enjoyed the chapters which revolved around news reports and Twitter feeds, providing a vital backdrop of information on the mood of the nation at the time. As well as the teens, there are two other main characters whose views and actions drive the plot towards an intense climax.
Chester George speaks for the oppressed masses and has become their spokesperson via social media. Meanwhile, minor celeb and blogger Sadie Hobbs (based somewhat I felt on the controversial Katie Hopkins!) is encouraging people to stand up to the 'feral rats' destroying the city.
With both 'leaders' urging their followers to amass at Piccadilly Circus on September the 1st, all Mack knows is that he has to be a part of whatever happens there...A brilliant book, and I am glad there is more to come in the series, as I need to know what happened next
I come from Glasgow, Scotland, but these days I live down under in Melbourne, Oz.
For ten years, between 2001 and 2011, I was a session/touring musician, working throughout the UK and Ireland, playing bass and having fun. Sometimes I miss it.
In 2011, I retired from music (at the decrepit age of 33) and went back to school. I studied English Literature and History. I wrote short stories at the same time - bad ones. But I stuck with it.
I got my degree. And then I put it in a drawer somewhere (sock drawer I think). I was still writing - both fiction and by that point, sports features (mixed martial arts and boxing) for a variety of magazines and websites. It felt good to get paid.
In 2015, I moved to Australia. I put non-fiction aside and decided to become an indie author full-time. Fifty Shades of Grey has a lot to answer for.
So what do I write? Speculative Fiction. That is, Alternate Histories, Post-Apocalyptic and Horror stories. These are the genres I love. Although I do have 'The Outsider Tales' too, which is none of the above.
Now I'm writing a series in which ex-Beatle John Lennon is alive and well and wreaking havoc in a non-Beatle way. I'm also writing about a world in which the London riots of 2011 didn't stop. Post-Apocalyptic shit.
You can find out more at www.markgillespieauthor.com