The third part of the trilogy about a world devastated by a SARS pandemic by Examiner columnist Denis Kilcommons is released this weekend. It’s called Redemption and is written under the pseudonym Jon Grahame.
Denis will be signing copies at Waterstones in the Kingsgate Centre between 11am and 1pm tomorrow.
‘The release is good timing,” says Denis. “This month the Prime Minister warned that bacterial resistance to antibiotics is now a real threat. That is the basis of my books. What would happen in a world where a virus kills most of the population?”
David Cameron wants Britain to take the lead in producing new drugs to combat the threat of future pandemics as mutant strains of bacteria develop because of global over-use of antibiotics.
The Prime Minister said: “If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again.”
Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies says the threat is a “ticking time bomb” and its dangers should be ranked alongside terrorism.
The first two parts of the Kilcommons trilogy are Reaper and Angel and tell how a small group of survivors start afresh as an agrarian society in a Yorkshire village in a world without electricity, telephones, TV, hospitals and the technical lifestyle we take for granted. Ex-policeman Jim Reaper and his young protege Sandra become their protectors, fighting off dangers from marauding bands of looters and killers. They are so deadly that their legend spreads as Reaper and the Angel of Death.
In the final part, their growing community faces its greatest challenge yet from a vicious military regime in the south of England led by a megalomaniac general who claims to have Prince Harry on his side.
“It was fun writing the books but three years hard work,” says Denis. “I enjoyed the characters and the narrative produced more strong female leads than male. I think women have an inner strength that would come to the fore in a survival situation.”
Denis won the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain in 1987 for his first book, The Dark Apostle. He has had more than 20 books published, been translated into eight languages and also written for children.
All three books in the trilogy are published by Myrmidon Books and are also be available as ebooks.
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