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, ‘M’ stands for:
Maxine Aubert: Introduced at the beginning of ‘State Of Denial’, Max is a journalist for The Star Tribune, the only media outlet that is not State-owned still operating within the State. After an indiscretion that sees her forced to leave her job, she is contacted by Phillips, who asks her to travel north to Central City and see for herself the small uprising of citizens unhappy at the government of the Central Alliance Party. Knowing that any reporting that undermines the State and C.A.P. could be a costly error, she reluctantly agrees. When she reaches Central City, Phillips introduces her to Danny Samson, who tells her the corruption he uncovered while working as a State Detective. She is a tough reporter, fearless, but fully aware that her life may be threatened by her actions. Unlike many journalists working for the State, she is dedicated to uncovering the truth and feels the moral weight of her role. After her stance against the State, she becomes a figure around which the Independents, the rebels in the civil war, rally.
MidLands City: The Midlands City is a huge megalopolis that roughly relates to the cities of Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and York, and the surrounds. In the future they have all combined into one sprawling walled urban city, which covers the State from east to west coast and are surrounded by wilderness to the south and north.Like Central City and the Highland City, the Midlands is disadvantaged compared to the Capital City in the south, although the story in the trilogy doesn’t spend much time in the Midlands.
Matthias: A villager in the northern wilderness who serves as one of the raiding party that infiltrates Central City in order to get supplies for the village.
Mitchell: A lieutenant in the Independents rebel army in the civil war, trusted by Phillips. As the war reaches its climax, we learn that Mitchell’s motives may not be as clear as we first thought.
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