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, ‘R’ stands for:

Rosalind Samson: The wife of Danny Samson, who took her own life before the events of ‘A Justified State’. Her death, and Danny’s guilt about his part in it, motivate him throughout the novels.

Rona: The leader of the elders in the village in the northern wilderness where Danny seeks shelter. She is responsible for leading those in the commune and has the final say in decisions. She has lived her whole life in the wilderness, refusing to relocate to the city and come under State control. Her position within the community is earned and no one questions her authority. She is kind and benevolent, yet steely and determined when hard choices need to be taken.

Revolution and Rebellion: The threat of revolution runs through all the novels. The State acts in the way it does towards its citizens in order to contain and prevent such a thing occurring. Only when some of their acts of corruption are exposed do some of the citizens rise to revolution and civil war ensues. The theme is of course synonymous with politics and power and history is made by such events, all of which echo through the books.

Religion: All religions were outlawed by the State at a time previous to the start of the novels, as they were determined to sow division among the citizens. Out with the city, in the wilderness, for example on the island led by Skylar, some immature religious cults have surfaced. I admit to a personal bias in this case, although I was sure to not include anything specifically anti-religious within the text.

Rodrigo: Part of Danny and Gebriella’s band of mercenaries in ‘State Of War’. Along with Zeb, he was once part of the rebellion against the State, but left after disliking and becoming disenchanted with the path the rebels had chosen to take.

Rome: Deliberately through the novels I included language and titles from ancient Rome. For example: senate, consul, citizens, chancellor and in even in the name of Lucinda Románes. There are others there if you want to find them. The allusion I wanted to leave was of the repetitive nature of history, and particularly in the political world and political power and corruption that continues through the ages. It also, I hope, lends a certain weight to the story, perhaps an epic feel.

Reviews: Nothing brings more joy than a good review! I’m fortunate that most of the reviews of my books have been positive, on Amazon and Goodreads, and from bloggers. They are a valuable thing for indie authors especially, allowing us to use them to publicise our work and help spread the word. With little budget for advertising, reviews are one of the best tools that can be shared and seen about our books. I’m grateful for all the reviews I have had, and would urge all readers, if they read a book by an indie author – leave a little review somewhere to help them out. And don’t be afraid to be honest, just don’t be nasty!

River: The river runs through Central City and is central to a number of plot points. It is reflective of the River Clyde in Glasgow, once at the heart of city life, but after the end of shipbuilding, reduced to a wasteland that was largely neglected for years. Recently, thankfully, the city has gradually come back to the river with large building projects and pathways, and that trend I extended into my books, making the river a minor character in itself.

Next up – S is for: The State, Senate, Science Fiction, Scotland, Skye and Skylar, Suicide and Sales

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

25 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: R”

  1. Hari OM
    I like that you use the ‘history repeats’ aspect – one of my own grindstones! Every second or third generation somehow has to relearn all the lessons of what it is to live as a human being – regardless of how advanced technology or science. This is the interesting thing about the spiritual need of the human species – it will never die. We have an innate curiosity as to who we are as individuals and philosophical practices are the way to explore this. When this turns to ritualistic, dogmatism and a “them and us” religiosity, problems will follow. The human critter is ultimately a territorial animal… YAM xx

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    • Thanks for that. Everything that is happening now has a precedent in the past, and everything in the future will have one too. What would be nice is if our response to history repeating changed, but it never seems to.

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  2. My husband is more than half-way through the first book and told me he’s really enjoying it. I’ll encourage him to leave a review when he’s done.

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  3. Wow, that is a lot of really cool R’s! I am having a super busy day which is probably just as well because I won’t do the long comment thing. But I really want to, because that was some interesting things I had noted and was wondering about. Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

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  4. Hello, I whole-heartedly agree with you about reviews… be honest but not nasty. And even if it’s short and sweet you don’t have to do a whole book report. It bothers me that Amazon will let people review who have not even purchased …that just doesn’t seem right to me. But who am I to say what Amazon can do right? As soon as I read them, Iain I will definitely review (honestly)…I’m thinking they are going to be great. And I hope if while you are giving us the A-Z through the characters if there’s a spoiler alert, you’ll warn us! ☺ Cheers!

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    • Thank you. I have done the A-Z so there are no big spoilers in there, so you should be okay. I always review indie authors bearing in mind that they don’t have a lot of support, they are probably trying their best, and there’s no need to ruin their chances just because I didn’t like what they’ve written, so always try to find something positive to say.

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  5. Rona is an interesting character. The idea of not leaving the wilderness speaks volumes. Food for thought — I think the revolution and rebellion might also include risk–revolution, rebellion and risk, to assess how likely rebellion is given the consequences.

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    • The wilderness definitely holds an appeal, part of that wanting to return to a simpler, calmer way of life and leave the stress of the modern world behind. And yes, there is definitely a fair amount of risk on all sides when it comes to revolution. Thanks Shari.


    • It is tricky, there is lots I would like to say about certain things – politics, religion – but people don’t want to buy a book and then have the author force their opinions on them – that’s what Twitter is for! It’s trying to find a way to make those points subtle and as a natural part of the story.

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  6. Totally agree on the importance of maintaining a light hand when dealing with potentially divisive opinions. Not easy though. I especially liked the scenes in the Village and was sad when the story took Danny away, as I’m drawn more to a simpler way of life as I age.

    A-Zing from Fiction Can Be Fun
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