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, ‘X’ stands for:

Xavier: During the civil war of Central City, Samson and Gabriella use a pirate called Xavier to smuggle people out of the State and across the sea to mainland Europe in order to escape the fighting. The reference is of course intended to turn the current horrific immigration situation on its head. Currently, refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Europe travel through the European Union to France and try to smuggle themselves into Great Britain across the English Channel. Many die crossing the seas – both the Mediterranean and channel. People smugglers take advantage of the situation. The UK Government has been notoriously unsympathetic to the plight of these refugees, as has much of the public opinion in England. So, what if the situation was turned on its head? What if these people who care so little for those who have less than them, suddenly found themselves fleeing war and poverty and an oppressive government? Would their opinion change in that situation? Xavier is a people smuggler – a dubious and shadowy person, although his personality is big and broad. Unlike the real life smugglers, he cares for those he seeks to help rather than take advantage of them, and Gabriella and Samson trust him. Underneath his appearance as a pirate and smuggler, all may not be as it seems…

Xenophobia: The political class in The State are xenophobic, and that leadership over a number of years as led to the citizens of the state becoming conditioned to xenophobia too. Foreigners are rare, disliked, and many have left or have been forced to leave through government policy. This xenophobia has extended beyond racism and dislike of people to include the dislike of foreign things too. The inclusion of this theme within the books was a deliberate reflection on the way the current world seems to be heading, especially around the far-right views of Trumpism and the hostile environment of the Conservative government and Brexit within Britain.

Next up – Y is for: Yesteryear

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

22 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: X”

  1. Hari OM
    …and I am starting to suspect that you selected character names with a view to participating in any blogging challenge that might involve the alphabet!!! &^*>

    Xenophobia (fear of strangers) is definitely on the rise in many countries… and is eXtending to things as well as people… COVID has tended to bring out some of the ‘them and us’ even ‘in country’… YAM xx

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    • Them and us is definitely on the rise, and no one wins with that attitude prevailing. An X, Q and Z character to come – so it has helped. But I struggled for Y tomorrow, so I obviously didn’t plan it that well!


  2. Xenophobia is on the rise everywhere. The ‘us’ and ‘them’ classifications are turning into impenetrable silos. I wonder if all of us at some point of time fall into the ‘other’ for the few in power, then who will be left in the ‘us’ camp? Scary thought.

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    • Very good point Arti. At some point let’s hope there comes a point where the ‘us’ camp realise that without the ‘them’ camp then there is in fact nothing.


  3. With a childhood spent in the third world and having a mixed race parent, the current xenophobia causes me much distress. Because I am Caucasian and speak English as a first language, many feel free to express their xenophobia to me without restraint. Even when I put them straight as to my history, it’s surprising how often that doesn’t stop the ranting. I wonder whether one unconsidered impact of lockdown is that it permitted those who feel this way to hothouse and intensify their hateful feelings?

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    • Oh, I think it is very much something that has been exasperated by Covid – just look at the way it has become a competition to see who has the best death rates or the best vaccination rates. There will always be extremists, but sadly I think they are becoming more and louder.

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    • Thanks Keith. I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I do think that if we were to look at it from the other point of view – like how would we want to be treated if we were fleeing to another country – then I’m not sure we would be happy with how the UK, the US or some in the EU are behaving. Treat others as you would wish to be treated…


  4. Xavier sounds like an interesting character, and I especially like that he’s helpful towards those he smuggles and doesn’t take advantage of them.

    I have a friend who refuses to travel overseas because she is fearful. (Her husband wants to travel abroad but she won’t go.) She doesn’t fear people from other countries, as long as she meets them in ours. Is that still considered xenophobia, I wonder?

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  5. I like Xavier, he’s a caring man in a tough world. We all come from somewhere else, and we moved for good reasons, even if it was a long, long time ago (centuries?). And we were very happy to find the place we call home now.

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