My A-Z theme this year is a guide to my trilogy of novels called ‘The State Trilogy’. Set in an unnamed island country known only as ‘The State’, in the imagined near future, the books follow the intertwining stories of a number of characters, principally a State police detective named Danny Samson and an assassin, Gabriella Marino, over a period of six years. It begins with the assassination of an elected official and spirals into revolution and civil war. Part political thriller, action story, war story and dystopian science fiction, the trilogy took three years to complete and the books are available to read now – you can find links to purchase them HERE

In The State Trilogy, ‘H’ stands for:

Heroism: Danny Samson is the nominal ‘hero’ of the trilogy, but I wanted to make him human. He’s no Jack Reacher or Batman or Superman. He’s an ordinary man with many weaknesses and issues – he’s no good with a gun or in a fight, he’s not physically superior, he isn’t military-trained or a great tactician or thinker. One thing he definitely is, is a good man, and his heroism stems from that. Meanwhile, Gabriella has all the attributes of a hero, and is more in the mould of a ‘Jack Reacher’-style character, but her morals are less black and white than a normal hero. She will kill for money and ask no questions, she has served in the State Army on some questionable missions, and the only moral code she lives by is her own view of what is right or wrong.

Henrik James: Danny Samson’s detective partner in the Central City State police, who is also assigned to the investigation into the assassination of Consul Donald Parkinson at the start of ‘A Justified State’. He is the opposite of Danny, and the two don’t see eye-to-eye on most things. Henrik does things by the book and is on the fast track to promotion – helped by his father being the Chief Commander of the Central City force. As they are drawn into the investigation together, Henrik becomes closer to Danny, and this follows on into the following books, when Henrik begins to question some of the State’s, and his father’s, actions.  

Hanlen Samson: Danny and Rosalind Samson’s son, twin of Isla, who both died shortly after birth. The memory of Hanlen and Isla, and the helplessness and powerlessness that Danny feels about their death haunts him, in his dreams and nightmares. He often wonders if they made the right choice to choose a natural birth for the twins, instead of the modern science and medicine that could have saved them.

HighLand City: The city in the far north-east of the State, based loosely on Inverness and Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. It becomes the final holdout of the Independents in the civil war with the State Army.

Hansel: One of the elders of the village where Danny Samson finds refuge after fleeing Central City. The group of elders are in charge of the commune and responsible for making the decisions about how the village is run.

Hassan: Another villager from the wilderness, Hassan comes from a military background and often leads the raiding parties that travel to the city to collect supplies for the village. A loyal and imposing soldier, who becomes a trusted ally of Danny.

Harris Ellroy: Field Marshall Ellroy is in charge of all branches of the State military both at home and abroad and answers only to the State Chancellor in military policy. He has been responsible for the conduct of the State in the First Strike War, and then takes personal charge of commanding the State forces against the rebels in the civil war in Central City. Although a decorated officer, he has become a ‘yes’ man to Chancellor Lucinda Románes, following her orders and crossing boundaries he knows he should not cross.

Horace Frinks: A journalist who works for The Senate Star, a media outlet that is controlled and owned by the State, and the ruling Central Alliance Party. Horace, and his fellow journalists Timothy Pigeon and Kelvin Mothersby, represent the problems of State-controlled media in a world were diverse and dissenting views are stifled. This is a problem not just for State-controlled outlets, but private media companies that have a political and profit-driven agenda. Horace is the counterbalance in ‘State Of Denial’ to Maxine Aubert, an old-fashioned, principled journalist who is dedicated to finding out the truth and holding those in power to account.

Next up – I is for: The Independents, Immigration and Isolationism, Isla Samson and Ishmael Nelson

All the entries in the A-Z of ‘The State Trilogy’ can be found HERE

The books are available from a wide selection of online retailers, including AMAZON

30 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: H”

  1. I’m starting to feel like I might just need to read your books. Getting so curious about how this plays out in narrative. I’m not usually an action novel kind of girl (unless the action involves evil priests and good witches or vice versa) but I do occasionally dip into post-apocalyptic (usually more like Shannara though) and this is making me curious! Darn you and your tempty posts!

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    • Haha, thanks Anne! That was the idea to try and draw some more readers in with my teasing!! I would hope there would be something for you to enjoy in the books. I was always reluctant to label them as sci-fi or dystopian as really they are (hopefully) about characters and friendships more than anything else. Hopefully these posts are showing that.

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  2. As long as Gabriella has a clear moral core that she lives by, that makes her really interesting, and allows readers to forgive the less palatable parts of her past. I imagine that helps Danny work with her.

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    • Thanks Shari. You’re right, it is the experiences of her past, the mistakes she has made, that provide her with that moral core that she now has.


  3. Not militarily trained, not a great thinker, not a tactician… Not Batman (though I *do* like Batman), not Jack Reacher (I *don’t* like Teacher)… Yes. This is a description of a very “everyday” hero. It’s nice to be able to relate on a more human level to a fictional character. 🙂

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    • Thank you – it makes for a more interesting read too I find, certainly if it means you’re never sure if the hero will survive and has some moral ambiguity – like Batman. I don’t mind Reacher, but you always know he will be fine and will beat the bad guys, and he never has any doubt.


  4. I rather like the idea of a hero who isn’t good at everything. Terry Pratchett wrote quite a lot of ordinary people into his Discworld novels, who might be a greengrocer having a fight with his relatives, or a village witch who is trying to get people to come to martial arts classes or listen to her play the guitar…

    Sue Bursztynski

    Greek Myths: I Is For Iphigenia

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    • Thanks so much Sue. Terry Pratchett is one of my all time favourites to read. Now you mention it, his Commander Vimes is a good comparison to my MC police officer Danny, though without the humour!


  5. I haven’t read the books, but I like Danny Samson already! So sympathetic to have a hero whose hero attributes are hidden deeply under the disguise of being just like most people are. I hope things work out well for him, I think he deserves that! 🙂 (I’m not fishing for a spoiler here, just expressing my sympathy for him)

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  6. Books which have quite some action and are fairly fast paced and right up my alley. Reading your A2Z posts make me feel that your books are something which I would definitely be interested in :D.

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