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Trust Paperback – July 23, 2012
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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"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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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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Well didn't expect that. Well worth the read. Very different from the usual alien books/movies. Highly recommend this one.Another one bites the dust I guess....Published 25 days ago by Katie
I read it, I enjoyed parts, but it left me overall feeling very dissatisfied. I never cared about any of the characters. It was well written but uninspiring... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Heminger
What would you think? Who would care about the most? What could you do?
Absolutely nothing like almost everything that matters in life.
I love David Moody's writing in general, but this particular story didn't work for me. The story has nothing new, and the characters were very unlikeable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Suspense reader
Not Moody's best compared to his others but his character descriptions and development was amazing Tom Winter was a truly well written lead and I could perfectly picture the beauty... Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by John Houlihan
I'm a big Moody fan. Very creative and thoughtful writer. I love his unique spin on things!! He's not all about the flash!Published on April 8, 2014 by Medgey
small in scope easy to get into and very relatable really makes you think about the world we live in and our effect on itPublished on April 2, 2014 by Christopher shane wayland
I really enjoyed this perspective of the alien encounter story. So often aliens land in the U.S. And the story is told from the usual American point of view, with the rest of the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Mr. Robert J. Mclean
David Moody paints a realistic picture of what could happen when we blindly put out faith and/or trust in the unknown.Published on September 4, 2013 by Pablo