A spider web of intrigue, corruption and espionage.
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There is something for everyone in this novel. A cracking pace, an intricate and skilfully written storyline, a scorching affair, action, revenge, espionage and assassination plots.
The clever blending of recent events, made it that much more realistic…..and therefore more scary!
The core group of characters were authentic and extremely well written, that it really sucked me into their dangerous predicament. You’re right there with them when they’re thrown into a situation way over their heads and the ripples expand to not only put their lives in danger but those around them. The situation becomes horrifying when it spirals into an international conspiracy.
The two main characters, Adam and Isobel are both likeable, smart, determined…and scorching hot together!
There was also very genuine and authentic sounding insight into the world of military intelligence, joint military and police operations, corporate espionage, communications hacking as well as tracking and surveillance methods.
I’m telling you, I could hardly breathe reading the last few chapters!!
I can’t wait to see what’s next from Nic Taylor.
You have stuck to your diet. You have quit smoking cold turkey. You exercise religiously. Every resolution you’ve ever made has been successful. But, trying to resist reading Nic Taylor’s A Plague of Dissent once you’ve begun reading it is futile.
Nic Taylor writes in A Plague of Dissent of a type of Brave New World that exists today in the U.K. The media and the government are the Big Brothers of Taylor’s suspenseful, page-turning novel. It’s a well-oiled plot that the debut author handles like a seasoned veteran. The action begins from the very first chapter, and doesn’t let up for the entire book.
An attractive woman and an MP are caught in a very compromising position, naked in a hotel room, by the media, who have set the entire thing up to obtain photos for their newspaper. The beautiful mistress of the government official then flees the room, and ends up getting killed when she darts out into the street and gets hit by a vehicle. The media are, thus, responsible for her death, but no one seems to care are want to admit involvementt in her demise. She’s just a pawn to get dirt on the MP, as far as the media are concerned.
Much of the novel focuses on the two main male protagonists, who are brothers. The rugby-playing college-aged duo are in their twenties, full of the vim and vigour of youth. Adam Young and his brother, Dan, find themselves pursued by faceless individuals and directly in the middle of political intrigue and the stuff of spy novels when Adam becomes smitten with the lovely married lady, Isobel Mason. She is the wife of one of the media baddies, Jonathan, who helps to orchestrate the many evil deeds that transpire in A Plague of Dissent. The brothers are named after Nic’s own teen sons, who play rugby for the Plymstock Albion Oaks rugby club.
Jonathan and others, like the mysterious and powerful media magnate, Dandelion, hack into computers and bug celebrities, politicians, and even the public, indiscriminately. “Dandelion,” by his name, may sound not much like a nefarious villian; but, he is; he’s a puppet master who does not care how ruthless he gets, as long as he and his media empire will benefit.
A Plague of Dissent deals with topics ripped from today’s headlines, such as alternative energy sources, terrorism, and the possibility that terrorists from Iran might release biological weapons such as smallpox into cities in the U.K. Political and social unrest, riots in the streets, and greedy and corrupt politicians and media sources who are more concerned with their own interests rather than the public’s are the new “norm” for the Brave New World that Nic Taylor writes about.
Senior policemen and celebrities involved in sexual assaults and sex rings have been arrested lately in the U.K., just as they are in A Plague of Dissent, though Nic’s novel was written a year before these events transpired. Adam and Dan must fight against the odds to learn the truth. Who can they trust in a world where the very political system that should be there to serve and protect the public is corrupt?
Besides being a talented Indie author, Nic Taylor is also a charitable person. Half of the money he earns from each sale of A Plague of Dissent will go towards building a new clubhouse for the Plymstock Albion Oaks rugby team that will cost 500,000 pounds, and will be constructed in stages. Phase one, the author has informed me, will begin this summer, and the clubhouse will be carbon neutral.
Nic Taylor knows how to deliver edge of your seat excitement, and he does it beautifully in A Plague of Dissent. His masterful prose and intimate knowledge of crime fighting in the UK is on par with Ian Fleming. Every scene is so well described, throughout, that I felt like I was right there. It’s a consummate storyteller that he is!
This tale could easily have been ripped from the current news; political corruption, mobsters and their minions, and a media hell-bent on destruction come into and out of this very strong story and kept me constantly on my toes. One minute I thought I could trust a character and the next minute, I wasn’t quite so sure anymore. The brothers, Dan and Adam gave me a serious case of hero-worship, despite the fact that I was afraid they were in further over their heads than they imagined.
I just love it when the first page of a book grabs me by the throat, gets my heart pumping and terrifies the hell out of me. Taylor has delivered a whopping good tale that kept me in suspense right up to the end.
This novel is an excellent read especially if you like thrillers and like to be kept on the edge of your seat
The Author Nic Taylor takes you into a world of politics, media and corruption! First we meet Rose, a young girl talked into sleeping with a politician to get him bad publicity, for that she ends up dead, and then the story continues, into a world that – in a way, you can see eliments of truth.
If you love a fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with sex, lies and media hacking – this is the book for you!
Ever wonder when you watch the news if you are being told the truth? Have you tried to read between the lines when listening to the government, big business- vested interest?
Well, wonder no more! Intrigue and the dark side, with a truly memorable ending- a thriller well worth picking!! Buy it now- you’ll love it.
Nic Taylor’s A Plague of Dissent
`Be Scared, Be Very Scared’
Don’t let the title of my review put you off. No, Nic Taylor’s A Plague of Dissent is not a horror book (although I love horror books). At least not a horror genre book. What the title refers to is the slow realisation – whilst reading the novel – that it is not only topical and the socio/historical events described very close to the bone, but the fictional elements are more than plausible. Although one might have a different opinion as to some of the premises (who organises the terrorist attacks and their reasons, for example), the actual details and planning of it sound incredibly convincing and the more horrifying for it.
The author is well versed in British current affairs and he uses them to create a multilayered background to his fictional (? we hope) story. Recent big news items (phone hacking scandal and enquiry, riots, allegations of child pornography, coalition government…) are not only background setting of the novel but become an integral part of the plot, and they are seamlessly woven together to create a complex and realistic tapestry. I live in the UK and must say some of the incidents and situations made me chuckle.
The novel is extremely well plotted and even minor incidents that at first sight might appear insignificant are eventually relevant and their significance revealed. A woman accidentally run over by a car, a man caught up in the riots and injured, a rugby training session…everything falls into place like a well-oiled machine.
We get to know the main characters gradually, and they reveal themselves to be not only likeable, but also true heroes. Adam is a fantastic protagonist, who goes from being maligned by the media; in an attempt at revenge by a jealous husband, to risking his life to save…well, everybody. His brother, Dan, Ron, his friend and special agent, Isobel, his love interest, the few honest detectives and policemen, are all real people you can relate to but make a larger than life cast who can take on any situation. You would want them by your side in a moment of crisis.
`A Plague’ is cinematic in its style, moving with ease from sweeping takes that quickly provide a general view of the national and international situation and the consequences of the events narrated, to minute takes of details such as weaponry, computer files and medication. The pace accelerates and you become gripped by the events, at once thrilled and worried as to what would happen if it were real. Would there be enough honest members of the police, and concerned citizens (like Adam and friends) to halt such a terrorist ploy?
I don’t want to give away too many of the details of the novel as not to spoil the many surprises, but I won’t hesitate in recommending it to anybody who enjoys well plotted thrillers, conspiracy theory based stories, current affairs (not only British but international), spy novels…In summary, anybody who loves a good book. I was pleased to read that Nic Taylor is planning to follow `A Plague’ with at least two more novels. I for one can’t wait.
I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Fast paced and gripping with little to no filler, this is action, action, action! Highly recommended for thriller fans. You won’t be disappointed.
Nic Taylor sets out his stall from the very first page of `A Plague Of Dissent.’ A politician is caught in a honey trap which has been set by the press. In the melee that follows, the young woman who was the bait in the trap is accidentally killed. This fusion of topical events and artistic invention is the predominant feature of this book. The story is woven so closely into real events that very often it is difficult to tell where fact ends and where fiction begins. This adds so much to the believability of the story that I found myself questioning the official version of recent events involving political corruption, electronic monitoring, multinational contracts, and street disturbances. Everywhere in `A Plague Of Dissent’ there is corruption and deceit. Senior policemen, politicians, press moguls. No one is to be trusted.
What starts out as a love story set against a background of phone hacking and shady dealing, escalates into a tale involving international terrorists who pose a threat to the very survival of the country.
The story is fast-paced and engrossing. The events frightening and breathtaking in scope, and yet well within the realms of possibility.
I am by no means a paranoid conspiracy freak, but by the end of the book I was left thinking ‘Just how much do we really know? How much are they not telling us?’
Wow what a challenging project for a debut novel. A political thriller involving international terrorism, government, police and media corruption,organised rioting, a love interest and an abusive marriage.
The writer has weaved his story around recent real events in the UK in an imaginative and interesting way. It is sure to appeal to those who enjoy conspiracey theories and I must admit I enjoyed the humerous comments about the coalition government.
The central characters are two brothers Adam and Dan. The writer uses his own interest in rugby and sailing to bring these characters to life. The love interest is Isobel whose husband heads a corrupt “surveillance group.” In pursuit of Isobel the two brothers are plunged into a world of greed, corruption and violence.
I was able to follow the complicated plot. Sometimes it jumped about a lot but overall the style worked effectively to tie in the different strands.
The writing could be tighter but I liked the way the writer’s enthusiasm for the work came through.
In conclusion a brilliant intelligent thriller, packed with interesting ideas.
A Plague of Dissent, by Nic Taylor, is a very good ‘can’t put down’ novel. I recommend it highly to anyone who likes a fast-paced thriller. He’s done a masterful job of making the reader not only care about the characters by bringing them to life, but you have to keep turning the pages to see what happens. I don’t know Nic’s background, but I am married to a man who has been in the highest echelons of California politics for years and I will tell you that, sad as it is, Nic’s insight into politics has merit. Great job, Nic, and really look forward to your next one!”
This is allegedly a work of fiction, but one only has to be aware of current news for this story to feel true. And that adds further thrill to an already exhilarating thriller. Nic Taylor has encapsulated the nation’s mistrust of the Government, media and big companies and written a book that is fast paced and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.