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- Print Length: 178 pages
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- Publication Date: April 17, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EGDLHLW
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Any working human sets his or her eyes on retirement in the long run, right? What if your time in retirement was spent trying to save your home country from a coup d’état leading into complete anarchy? Set in the UK in 2026, Tim Walker’s new novel Devil Gate Dawn, George Osborne is beginning his retirement when he goes to his favorite local pub to meet up with an old friend. While they are chatting and remembering “the good old days,” a bomb goes off in the pub. George is injured in the explosion, but alive—his buddy isn’t so lucky. The bombers, known as the Anti-Poverty League, have now made an unfortunate mistake in bombing this pub because now George Osborne is their newest enemy. With the help of an ex-army friend Ken, and his beautiful Indian neighbor Sunny, George sets out to take down the Anti-Poverty League.
While there are a wide variety of characters in this book, I’m just going to discuss George’s family and two others..
George Osborne – The main character that you can’t help but feel bad for several times throughout the book. The poor man just wants to retire in peace. He helped a lot of people though, and while sometimes he was the “reluctant hero,” he tended to come through each time. He’s a strong guy who has a wide variety of knowledge in a lot of different aspects you might not expect.
Derrick Osborne – George’s son and Esther’s twin brother. Derrick was in a local gang and is in the process of leaving that gang, which is not the easiest thing to do. We get a look into his life a couple of times over the course of the book. I won’t give anything away, but I do believe that some of the emotion that Derrick probably felt at times in the book may have been a little brushed over. He had a storyline and a background that I’d really be interested to see more of.
Esther Osborne – George’s daughter and Derrick’s twin sister. Esther, or “Essie” as an affectionate nickname, is a student who is traveling abroad in America in the beginning of the book. She encounters an American boy Dex, who is studying at Harvard, and quickly falls for him. Through Essie’s point of view, we get a good look at how Tim Walker has set up America in 2026. We learn that President Trump (yes, you read that correctly) is running for his second term and what his presidency has done in America and the rest of the world. As a reader, I didn’t find myself too enthralled with Essie’s role in the story. Her relationship with Dex was uncomfortably rushed and at times seemed strictly physical with how it was written. While I know this isn’t a romance novel, I wasn’t prepared for her to declare that she had fallen in love with him so quickly.
Sunny – George’s next-door neighbor and love interest throughout the book. She’s a really strong woman, and I admired her when she would choose to help out the men instead of staying behind with the other women, particularly towards the end of the book. She’s brave and strong-willed and was probably my overall favorite character.
Dex – He’s Essie’s love interest during the book. He attends Harvard and is a wealthy guy with connections all over the world. When he was initially introduced, I wasn’t sure what his role in the overall story was going to be, and towards the end I felt like his main role was to throw in a glimpse of America, President Trump, and maybe potentially set up a sequel based in America? That’s just speculation on my part though.
What I Liked:
As someone who tends to contemplate “what-if” scenarios in most situations, I appreciated Walker’s “glimpse” into the political world of 2026 and the growing struggle between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
The action and the threats are realistic and keep you interested, and you find yourself questioning who will succeed in their plans and how far each side of the battle will go to achieve their goals.
George’s ability to do what’s right was highly admirable, and I found myself rooting for him. His inner conflict and his decision-making skills were believable throughout the story, and I connected and sympathized with him really well.
What I Didn’t Like:
The point of view changed a lot, and while most of the time I was okay with this, there were a few times where I wasn’t sure who I was following since it was also in third person. Example: I would be in a section where I thought George was the character I was following, but I would be given a glimpse into another character’s thoughts in that same section.
There are some aspects of the story that seemed rushed for some of the other characters, particularly Essie and Dex’s relationship. I also felt like Derrick went through a lot in the short time he was in the spotlight and I wanted to read more about how he dealt with some of the events that transpired around him during the book. His fate was left a little open-ended.
I found myself a little insulted when Dex and Essie were staying at a hotel and Dex did “that thing that men do” (that’s from the book) and threw himself on the bed and bounced up and down while Essie did “that thing that women do” and checked out the bathroom.
Devil Gate Dawn has a few great characters and a good bit of action that I found myself intrigued during, but some characters could have been developed just a bit further.
I enjoyed Tim Walker’s style. An engaging writer with an exciting future ahead. 5 stars.
We are happy recomanding it to others.
I won't divulge any of the story line, but all I can say is, that you are in for the ride of your life.
The long and short of it is, I can imagine this happening after Brexit. The story itself kept me rooted to the spot, I loved every minute of it, and it helps that it was very well conceived and written. A well written book always makes a difference. The author has a sound dialogue and gripping story, something he should be proud of, and I can't wait for his next offering.
I really do recommend this book to everyone, you'll really enjoy it.
The dystopian near-future setting is realistic enough to keep it plausible, yet sufficiently imaginative to pique the interest. Characterisation is a little hackneyed and bombastic, but therein lies the humour. Though it has a serious message, the novel doesn't take itself too seriously, and this gives it a unique charm.
Our hero, the amusingly-named George Osborne, is an everyman, and his appointment as all-action adventurer is inspired. The author eschews the tired stereotype of hard-bitten killing machine saving the world, and the book is all the better for it.
If you're looking for a funny, enjoyable caper to take on holiday, you should buy this book.