Following on from my interview with writer James McCrone, I look into the fascinating and awe-inspiring dystopian novels that he creates.
His first novel, Faithless Elector, portrays a scarily plausible scenario in which the public are unable to trust the system of power. In the novel, a young researcher uncovers a series of mysterious deaths among electors and must race against time and a secret, deadly efficient conspiracy. Set during an era characterized as cynical and paranoid, Faithless Elector showcases a creditable threat to the integrity of the electoral process and the selection of the president.
Following on from this, the next novel, Dark Network uses researcher Imogen Trager, the determined heroine of Faithless Elector again, as the reader sees her in a desperate race to stop a murderous dark network intent on stealing the presidency. She’ll have to fight against time, a sinister network, and even her own colleagues to stop the conspiracy to seize the presidency.
Although McCrone is keen to point out that neither novel is based on real events, they certainly resonate with the current political mess that is the US government, and Faithless Elector has a particularly Trump-esq ring to it in places.
Overall, these two novels hold all the classic hallmarks of hard-core dystopia thrillers, and the series looks set to continue with a bang.