Patient Zero: Short stories from the Project Renova series by Terry Tyler #NewRelease

Patient Zero

The short stories in Patient Zero are part of Terry Tyler’s Project Renova series.  They add to the two books “Tipping Point” and “Lindisfarne” but they can successfully be read without knowledge of, or before reading one or both of the novels.

 

A deadly virus, nicknamed Bat Fever has appeared in 2024.  Despite vaccination gradually being offered around the country, many people have died, though some seem immune.  For several years, an underground group known as Unicorn have been suspicious of the government and now they believe that the virus may have been deliberately spread.

 

The unfair way in which the vaccination is distributed is highlighted in the first story when Jared is given a vial by his uncle who works for a drug company.  He is also given a spare vial.  Should he give it to his girlfriend Angelina even though he suspects she may be unfaithful to him?  Later in the book, in the story of Evie, we meet her boyfriend Nick Greenaway, a high achieving, non-stop socialite who proudly displays his wristband to prove he has been vaccinated on social media.  Does he deserve Evie’s devotion?

 

One character, Jeff was well prepared for an apocalypse.  He had a bunker built and well stocked away from civilisation and finally when he was 65, the epidemic arrived.  He planned to live alone but two of the underground group Unicorn joined him.  When they moved on, he decided to seek out other survivors and this is when his life really began.  In total contrast, Flora or Princess Snowflake, her more apt name, has been brought up as a chosen child.  Spoilt and isolated by her “Christian,” kind parents, their character changes as civilisation breaks down.  She is totally unable to cope on her own, but she maintains her positive attitude.

 

There are other stories of disparate characters, all subject to fate and their own actions.  There is no right way to deal with a country in chaos, but their beliefs and habits dictate how they react.  This fascinating book of stories has one fault.  It isn’t long enough to tell even more individual stories.  If you haven’t read the other two books, “Patient Zero” would make a good introduction.  If you have read them then you mustn’t miss these stories.

You can purchase Patient Zero on Amazon UK and on Amazon US

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Lindisfarne (Project Renova 2) by Terry Tyler #BookReview

Lindisfarne

Book Description

‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there anymore.’

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?

My Review

This sequel to Tipping Point is told through the voices of Vicky and her daughter Lottie, as well as other members of the community they join in Lindisfarne.  In many ways, it is more thrilling and revealing than the first book, as we see through their eyes, that this crisis is here to stay and can only get worse.  As social mores are eroded, a new form of rough justice is established to deal with the baser forms of human behaviour.

Arriving in Lindisfarne, Vicky, Heath and their companions must adapt to a miss-matched community of bikers and well-meaning people who use expressions such as, “reach out,” and “empower.”  Vicky must now face up to former partner, Dex’s, betrayal and meet his pregnant mistress, Naomi.  But soon, there are more sinister dangers to face.

Meanwhile, down south, Doyle ekes out an existence while trying to discover more about his former employment on Project Renova.  He is soon to meet Alex Verlander, the boss who left him trapped, but whose side will he be on this time?

The development of the characters we met in book one is convincing and rewarding.  Lottie has become an independent, strong young woman and Vicky now seems to be thinking for herself, but she can still be manipulated by others.  We learn Heath’s back story, showing his torture as he battles against demons from the past.  In Dex, we meet a new age leader who owes much to his studies of the Viking age.

It is difficult to make comments about Lindisfarne without giving away the plot, but as it reflects all aspects of humanity coming to terms, not just with survival but with making a new meaningful life, the possibilities are limitless.  In the last chapter, two new characters are introduced and those we already know have many more challenges to face.  This is a terrific book and I can’t wait for the next one!!

Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series, sequel to Tipping Point (Book 1).

A book of related short stories, entitled Patient Zero, features back and side-stories from minor characters, and should be available in November, 2017. Book 3 is due in mid 2018.

My review of Tipping Point can be found here

Lindisfarne is available on Amazon UK

Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books on Amazon.  She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and writes for one of their main fansites. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, and is still trying to learn Geordie.

You Wish By Terry Tyler #Bookreview

You Wish

You Wish begins with an alarming prologue where a dramatic drugs raid takes place, but immediately afterwards in Chapter One we find ourselves in the warm relaxing surroundings of a Mind, Body and Spirit Fair in Norfolk. It is a book of contrasts between the hopes and yearnings of several young women and what might happen if their wishes come true.

As usual with novels by Terry Tyler, the characters are captivating. We share their feelings, their mistakes and in some cases their gradual self-understanding. All facets of relationships; friendship, passion, dependency and selfishness are shown in the interconnecting tales. In Sarah’s case, obsession causes addiction, while Petra’s experience of rejection leads her to stalking. There is a sweet, almost mystical account of happiness after years of longing, by young teacher, Kate.

But it is Ruth and her friendships with Fleur, and later Jessica, whose story is the most complex and rewarding. The description of young love certainly took me back to that age, while her frustration with her idle but loving husband will strike a chord with many women. As light relief her experience of making contact with an old friend via Facebook is hilarious.

I have always found Terry Tyler’s books quite different to those of any other author. She is completely in touch with all the concerns of today’s women but she also remembers so well what it was like living in the 1980s. This novel would be great to discuss in a book group but it is also compulsive reading.

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Terry Tyler’s first Amazon publication, ‘You Wish’, won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection ‘Nine Lives’ and family drama ‘Last Child’ have won other small online awards. She’s fascinated by the psychology behind relationships, which forms the background of her character-driven contemporary dramas; from the rock star aspirations of the lighthearted ‘Dream On’ and ‘Full Circle’, to the dark and complex psychological web of ‘The House of York’, it’s all about the characters. And the plot twists…

Her novella, Best Seller was released earlier this year~ it’s a quirky tale of three writers trying to succeed in the modern, hugely competitive publishing world.

You can read my review of Best Seller here.

Best Seller by Terry Tyler

Best

 

What is it, that engenders the desire and energy to write fiction?  That is the question which underlies the plot of Best Seller by Terry Tyler.  Three young women are writing and publishing novels.  They have become acquainted through the North Norfolk Novelists, either online or in person.  But the outcome of their efforts varies greatly.

 

Stunningly attractive, Eden Taylor has hit the big time, Becky Hunter has made steady sales from her light romances but not enough to give up the day job, while Jan Chilver writes to escape her sad, lonely life.  Can they support each other and enhance all their careers or will jealousy and the desire for fame and fortune get in the way?

 

The plot of this novella is very intriguing and the conclusion keeps the reader’s imagination active.  It seems as though success as an author may come at a high cost to personal happiness.  The story is told clearly and simply as it unwinds, but the questions of why do we write and why do we select a book to read are the underlying subtext.

 

For fans of Terry’s previous books, this story includes the expected amusing, manipulative, minor characters who make the book both real and such a pleasure to read.  For me, it’s a Best Seller.

Taster Tuesday #TuesdayBookBlog

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two or three “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Best

Terry Tyler’s latest novella will soon be what it says on the cover, a Best Seller  The following few sentences give a taster of one aspect of this story of three writers.

“Do you plan the plot out before you start, or just put fingers to keys and see where it goes?”  Eden gave him a winning smile.  “Well, Gavin, I like to think I’m in total control, but my characters constantly surprise me.  I tell them, you’re supposed to be doing this, but then they take off and do something entirely different.  I’m not the boss, I promise you.”

Becky stubbed out her cigarette in deep irritation.  If she’d heard that pretentious, ‘my characters dictate their own story’ line once, she’d heard it a hundred times.

I will be reviewing Best Seller by Terry Tyler tomorrow.

#Authors to Follow

Since I took a more active part on Twitter in 2013 and more especially after I joined Rosie Amber’s Book Review team in 2014 I have discovered several tremendously rewarding authors, almost all Indie writers.  You have probably already read their books, but just in case you haven’t yet discovered them:-

Jan Ruth  Jan Ruth

Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.

This ancient, romantic landscape is a perfect setting for Jan’s fiction, or simply day-dreaming in the heather. Jan writes contemporary stories about people, with a good smattering of humour, drama, dogs and horses.

 

Jan’s realistic characters and emotionally charged storylines are difficult to put down so I’m tempted to buy the following collection as a present for someone (probably me!)

Home 4 Xmas

Terry Tyler

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Terry lives in the north of England with her husband, and has published eleven books on Amazon. Readers say she has created her own genre, which lies somewhere in the area of contemporary drama and romantic suspense, with the occasional bit of rock fiction and mystery thrown in.

“I usually write contemporary fiction, mostly of interest to women, but many men have read them too; “Dream On” has had more reviews from men than from women. I write about the issues that concern so many today; divorce, infidelity, addiction, obsession with celebrity, stalking, meeting people via social networking sites.”

Dream

Recently Terry has used the Tudor and Plantagenet families for the structure of her stories although they are set in modern times.

Readers are now looking forward to reading the follow up to House of York.

Carol Hedges  

Carol

Carol Hedges writes Victorian crime fiction in her own inimitable style. You are transported into the life of Victorian London, be it middle class parlour or the murky streets by the Thames, peopled with larger than life characters whose exploits you have to follow.

I have devoured all three of these volumes and I’m now eager to read the fourth tale of Detective Inspector Stride and Detective Sergeant Cully.  In the meantime, I’m tempted to try her very different YA book, Jigsaw Pieces.

Jigsaw

Jenny Lloyd

Jenny

Jenny Lloyd is the indie author of “Leap the Wild Water,” a novel set in early 19th century Wales.  A tale of treachery, betrayal, family secrets, and moral dilemmas, “Leap the Wild Water” is set amid the brooding, mountainous landscapes of 19th century, rural Wales. It is a story about the conflict between a brother and sister struggling to survive in a community where, if you are a woman, to err is unforgivable and the freedom to carve a life of one’s own seems an impossible dream.

“If you visit Wales, I’m that crazy Welsh woman seen wandering about the Welsh mountains in all weathers with a notebook in hand. The landscape here is little changed from the era in which I like to write and it features in my writing.  The inspirations for my writing come from the real life struggles of rural people, especially women, in the 19th century, and events in my own family’s history. The themes I write about include the pressures which drive people to act against their consciences; what it really means to be free; and how fear and prejudice destroy man’s humanity.”

leap_the_wild_water_cover_for_kindle1       Raven

Both these powerful novels are well worth reading.

I shall write about some of the other authors I have discovered in the last 18 months, soon.

The House of York by Terry Tyler

York house

This impressive saga of the three sons of York is seen through the eyes of several participants in the story. First we meet Lisa, a single parent from an ordinary family, who is swept off her feet by the charismatic Elias York and soon she has become part of the vast York business empire including his convivial brother, Gabriel and Richard, the secretive, inscrutable youngest sibling.

 

As each of the brothers enter matrimony, the complex plot builds, with threads of discontent and conspiracy disturbing the serene happiness that Lisa had discovered.  The next generation are born, awaiting their inheritance, but there is an underlying sense of impending disaster.

 

Although based on the chief exponents of the War of the Roses, this novel is very much a tale of modern times, of ambitions sought and happiness thwarted.  Covering the years 1993 to 2014, we see the changing fashions in restaurants and bars, the problems of families during those years and especially how women react when their relationships break down.

 

What makes Terry Tyler’s latest novel so compelling is the promise of a dramatic conclusion.  Tiny hints are there but the final twist will take your breath away.