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Back in print for the first time since 2005, this novel by the author of the Autumn and Hater series tackles one of the oldest themes in science fiction: first contact. Their vessel irreparably damaged, an alien mining crew comes to Earth in the hopes of remaining here until their homeworld can send out a ship to pick them up. Tom Winter, the story’s protagonist (hero doesn’t seem quite the right word), is immediately suspicious because, let’s face it, everything the aliens are doing—sharing scientific and medical advances, for example—is straight out of the alien-invasion playbook. Are the aliens really up to no good, or is Tom just being paranoid? The writing is not as visceral as Moody’s popular postapocalyptic novels, but that isn’t a bad thing: this story, with its slowly building sense of unease and multiple thematic undercurrents (probably the best being the frequent references to popular fictional alien-invasion stories by way of illustrating how our perceptions often conform to our expectations), needs a more delicate touch. Moody’s many fans will absolutely want to read this one. --David Pitt

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"Trust is a slow-burner and all the richer for it. The layers of characters and details of the story play out perfectly when matched with an ending you're not likely to forget. It's an outstanding novel, delivers in more ways than one, and is worthy of a place on the discerning fan's bookshelf. 10/10" --Starburst Magazine


"Trust is the latest in a long line of thought provoking, intelligent novels... For new readers this is an ideal starting point to discover this major British talent who despite his innovations and successes of the last decade, you get the feeling is only just getting started." --Shadowlocked
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: INFECTED BOOKS; 2nd Revised ed. edition (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955005183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955005183
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this book - and I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what to say because I don't want to spoil it for other who want to read it.
The main character is Tom - he has moved to Thatcham, a small coastal village in England and has retired - even though a young man - he wants to get away from the dog-eat-dog world. So we find Tom living in a small town. At this point Aliens arrive on Earth as their mining starship has a technical problem that they can't seem to fix. As a result the aliens are stranded for a period of time until their home planet can come and pick them up (reminds me of a recent experience I had of a car problem and sitting on the expressway until the tow truck arrived ). Anyway, there are approximately 300+ aliens stranded on earth - we earthlings try to make them feel at home here and are awed and amazed at the presence. The first part of the novels is about the daily updates on TV - kind of like a mini series - even the sci-fi mini-series "V" is mentioned. Slowly, the establishment starts to trust these new visitors, welcoming them to earth, and following them around like pop-stars. But, there are also doubters, people who don't believe they are here for "good" reasons". The book's main character, Tom Winter, is one of the doubters - he has questions. Part of the book describes this acceptance and the cultural conflicts of humans living with aliens. The main character, Tom, a rather distant and paranoid individual, grows progressively more so, isolating himself from just about everyone, as he tries to dig deeper into the aliens' reasons for being here on earth.
I have to admit I thought Tom was a bit to antagonistic at times ... but....I will stop there for fear of giving too much away
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Mr. Moody's books don't shout at you from page one. They whisper until you are listening, hooked, then they blindside you. This is a good thing. I'm a huge fan of his work and this book was no exception. If you can find it, get yourself a copy. When an alien ship breaks down and they have to live amongst us should they be trusted? If I'm present at the end of the world I hope it ends like a David Moody book
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Trust starts out with a pretty neat concept, Aliens arrive on Earth as their mining starship has a 'flat tire' they can't fix. As a result they are stranded for a period of time until the intergalactic AAA can arrive. Cultural difference arise as the Aliens mingle with the skeptical earthlings.

The book starts out strong and does a good job of fleshing out the main characters, but stumbles for much of the book as to much focus is placed upon the depression, or whatever, of the main main character. Ultimately almost most of the book is fluff that doesn't go anywhere. This all changes towards the end of the book when the book picks up again as the Aliens reveal and take action of their true intentions.

This book had some great ideas and some solid writing, but to much fluff, numerous chapters of writing that goes nowhere. Ultimately this could have been a great short story. This did not stop me from enjoying it, and I plan on checking out some more of Mr. Moody's work.
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This was a truly engrossing read right to the last page, it's exciting and gets you thinking about what you would do if you were in the main characters shoes. As I have come to expect from David Moody there are no heroes and the story is a little depressing, but who ever said the end of the world should be fun.
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In my experience, people are creatures of habit and generally stick to what they know; and I'm no exception. I love horror and reading fiction from outwith the genre is really a rarity for me. There is quite often a degree of cross-over with the science-fiction and horror genres which led me to reading Trust by David Moody: the British writer behind the massively popular Autumn series and Hater, the film rights to which were snapped up by Guillermo del Toro.

With Trust, there is little in the way of preamble, with the book effectively opening minutes before the alien vessel enters the Earth's atmosphere. From this powerful opening, Moody then turns his focus around on to the human characters of Trust and embarks on an exploration of the human condition relating to paranoia, racism, and of course, trust. While reading Trust, the reader cannot help but empathise with Moody's protagonist and be drawn into the story, questioning whether Tom Winter's suspicions are based on xenophobia or actually have some foundation.

It's now been two weeks since I finished reading Trust and I still can't quite put my finger on what makes it, in my humble opinion, an instant classic. Moody has, as with the Autumn series, taken a group of very ordinary people and thrust them into a very extraordinary set of circumstances, yet makes it all so believable. The characters going about their daily business, jobs, relationships, dealing with financial woes contrasts sharply with and enhances the closing chapters of the book.

Trust has been described as "anti sci-fi" by some critics and perhaps rightly so.
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