Who loves the "Hunger Games?" If you do, you are in a real treat with today's BOOK OF THE DAY, "Out of Kilter" by Sandy Hyatt-James. This book has all the makings of an action-packed thriller science-fiction film in a dystopian world. Take a look.
Out of Kilter
Linden Tallis, a champion archer, unwillingly becomes the custodian of R311, a deadly biological agent, courtesy of her scientist brother. MI6 officer Jack Ormond tries to take the agent from her to keep it out of the hands of Colonel John March, a fascist dictator who plans to take over the country. But Linden doesn’t trust Jack, and as a consequence, the Colonel manages to take the R311.
Linden, Jack, the Prime Minister, and several others team up in an attempt to retrieve the R311 from the Colonel, who will use the agent to gain, and keep, control. Enduring hunger and hardship in their quest to remove the Colonel from power, and knowing they are no match for his fighting machine, their quest seems hopeless… until, using wits and courage, they embark on an outrageous offensive that just might succeed.
I would love to call this science fiction, but really this one felt much more like reality just a few years down the road. The COVID pandemic that has twisted and devastated many different aspects of life around the world has some strong similarities to this story. The members of parliament hiding in a safe place away from the masses in the book, our president hiding behind massive barriers in Washington in real life, food shortages in the book, shut down meat plants in reality, a pathogen that could devastate the planet in the book, a virus that is changing the planet in real life, rioters in the book, and rioters in real life. The connections give the read a sense of urgency because none of us want to see this sort of a future become our reality. Fans of science fiction will enjoy this along with anyone who enjoys reads that are connected to the pandemic. This one has something for just about everyone.
Sandy is an English woman currently living in Bulgaria, where she used to teach English as a second language. Sandy left school at fifteen with no qualifications. After realising the folly of not studying at school, she educated herself, and finally won a two-year scholarship for Ruskin College Oxford. Here she gained a Higher National Diploma in Literature.
Sandy spent another two years in higher education, in social work training. She spent the following eleven years in the child protection part of the profession, rising eventually to junior management.
Now living in Bulgaria with her husband, (and four dogs), Sandy has taught herself to speak fluent Bulgarian. In her spare time, she plays bridge and partakes in tenpin bowling.
Although regretting not getting an education at a young age, Sandy believes that her experience at 'the bottom of the pile' has helped to tint her writing with honesty, grittiness and humour.