Review: Flare by Paul Grzegorzek
Malcolm King is a journalist living in trendy Hove on the south coast of England. His days are taken up with video meetings and research on the internet while he writes articles for magazines around the world.
When a solar flare of unprecedented magnitude hits the Earth, effectively hurling us back to the stone age in a matter of hours, Malc is thrust into a terrifying new world as he travels the length of the country to find his young daughter.
Society, a fragile construct at best, shatters as the survivors fight each other for food and water, neighbour killing neighbour as fires rage through the cities, destroying much of what's left.
Faced with difficult choices at every turn, Malc draws his strength from those around him; Emily, a tough, no-nonsense soldier with a soft spot for lost causes and Jerry, a disgraced astrophysicist who may be the only person left who understands what's happening with the sun.
With their help, he must struggle to answer the ultimate question.
What won't he do to get his daughter back?
I received this book to give an honest review.
I have always loved reading about the post-apocalyptic world. Especially when it is written enough to where you could think that something like this could happen.
Flare takes place in England so some of the words used are British terms, it took me a good minute to get that down.
We are following Malc as he is there when the first solar flare hits the Earth. Soon after he is on a journey to get his daughter. But it is not an easy one. He comes across people who are starving, those that are killing, thieves and so much more.
The relationship that Malc and Emily wasn't what I expected. It didn't feel as real to me as I would have thought it to be. Literally if I was going after my children I would not be worried about starting a relationship with anyone no matter how hot or cute they were. I know it probably can happen but for me in this book I wanted something more darker as it seem to be not quite the end of the world but close to it.
Now I think the author can continue with this story in another book. Because I want to learn more about the Deputy Prime Minister and the Defense Secretary. What exactly is the true and main goal of getting all these people to build some type of protective place. How can the world truly survive, you know those type of questions I think the author could elaborate on.
Good story, and a good world to give us more of.
Paul is 36 years old and despite the surname hails from Sussex where he has lived all his life, having gone to school in the beautiful countryside town of Midhurst. He was born in Shoreham-by-Sea, within spitting distance of Brighton, a city he's called home since the mid 90's.
Over the last twelve years, Paul has worked as a soldier (part time only), a bouncer, a security officer and a police officer, not necessarily in that order. In a 6 year police career, Paul worked on the beat (on a mountain bike of all things), on response, then on LST, specializing in riot duties and working as a riot medic.
Paul then went on to join DIU (the divisional intelligence unit) and worked on undercover drug operations as well as dealing with vehicle crime for the city and anything else that caught his eye.
During his police career Paul was twice given bravery awards in the form of divisional congratulations.
Paul eventually left the police for a high-profile security job in the US which fell through, leaving him working freelance security in the UK.
He now works in the defence industry and occasionally gets time to write!
While in the police, Paul met Peter James and soon the two became firm friends, Paul helping Peter as an adviser on his Roy Grace series on novels.
Outside of work and writing, Paul has studied white crane kungfu for about a dozen years on and off, and lives in Brighton which he loves and hates with a passion. Wherever he goes in the city he is reminded of a job that he attended, a person he arrested or a crime scene he worked, which is why he writes about the place with such vigour and realism.
To see more of Paul's work including some of his police memoirs, check out his blog athttp://diariesofamodernmadman.blogspo...