KILL CODE by Clive Fleury
Publisher: TCK Publishing
Released: December 3, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocolyptic, Thriller, Suspense
WHEN THE OCEANS RISE…THE TRUTH DROWNS
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?
General Stoker stared at him. “You might be in there, wasting away, trying not to swallow your own tongue, considering drinking your own piss, but until you come out, you won’t know if you’re the first out or the last. My recommendation? Stay as long as you can, stay until you can’t take another second—then stay some more!” It was not the answer any of us wanted to hear. As the glider ball zipped away, officers escorted us into our tiny prison boxes. I was ordered to take off all my clothes and my shoes before bending low to enter the container. Kneeling, I turned my head to take a last look out at the daylight as the door was pushed shut. No light came through the solid metal walls. I could barely stretch my arms and couldn’t stand.
In a time when the world has gone completely dry and the heat scorches the earth due to global warming, those who are left have suffered unimaginable trials. Fights break out at the landfills over a can of beans because food is so scarce—but so too are jobs. The lucky few that are brave enough to try for an NSC, National Security Council, are the lucky ones. They live a life of luxury while everyone else suffers. Fleury pulls his readers into a life of destruction, getting readers enticed by the shear desperation of holding on to life itself. You’ll be hanging on to your seat the whole way through as there are plot twists and deviations that will throw the world that we know into chaos.
Hogan Duran is an ex-cop, a man who resigned when his partner was shot and paralyzed. Forced to forever live out of a wheelchair, Hogan helps Max as they both now scrap for food and odd jobs to survive in the tiny place that they’ve managed to hold onto. Max has a gambling problem and Hogan applies over and over for the NSC officer program, neither of them having success over the past four years. When some loan sharks find Max and decide that it’s the end of the line because he can’t pay up, Hogan’s ex-cop training kicks in and they both survive, only to be pushed out of their home and wondering the streets on their own. Hogan helps Max to Seattle and gets that final acceptance letter into the NSC program, but nothing is ever truly as it seems. When he arrives to the base, he sees that they have all of these resources that could be helping those in need outside of the base, but they keep everything for themselves. They make it a game of the wealthy verses the poor. Furthermore, there are other secrets that the NSC doesn’t want anyone to know about. As Hogan gets deeper and deeper into the program, being one of the last candidates to make it through, he starts to unravel the missing pieces and finds that he can either look the other way and live a nice cushy life on the other side—or he can make things right. Making up his mind, there is only one question left. Can he actually make a difference, or will he die trying?
Fleury has an incredible story, filled with adventure, action, desperation, and fear. There is little joy in a world that has nearly perished, but these characters find strength and bravery in the tiny things that matter. Their will to make a difference and fight for humankind when all is almost lost is what sets them aside from the lot. This story is written quite well and has little to no spelling or grammatical errors. It is a shorter story; however, the pace is quick and fulfilling. If you are a reader of science fiction, post-apocalyptic and suspense, you may want to pick this one up.
A paperback was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Kill Code by Clive Fleury.
Clive is an award-winning writer of books and screenplays, and a TV and film director and producer. He has worked throughout the world but currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife, teenage daughter, and cat Louis.
‘Kill Code’ is Clive’s latest novel – the first in an exciting new dystopian science fiction series set in a world facing climate catastrophe where nothing is what it seems.
Fans of fantasy adventure books like ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The 5th Wave’, and ‘Divergent’ will be captivated by ‘Kill Code’.
Clive also wrote ‘Scary Lizzy’ – a novel about an eight year old girl, Sarah Wilde, who befriends an African child ghost – and the teen action adventure book, ‘The Boy Next Door ‘ – or what happens when a teenage girl has a crush on her next door neighbor, who isn’t all he seems. And he co-wrote ‘Art Pengriffin and The Curse of The Four’ – a young adult fantasy adventure about a teenage boy who discovers his father was Merlin the Magician.