Author(s): G. X. Todd
'On the cusp of sleep, have we not all heard a voice call out our name?'
Defender by G X Todd is an imaginative thriller that draws on influences from Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman to create a new world - where the biggest threat mankind faces is from the voice inside your own head. If you loved The Stand, you'll love Defender, the first in a four-part series.
'So accomplished that it's difficult to believe it's a first novel, Defender is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book' John Connolly
'Compelling, suspenseful and altogether extraordinary' Lee Child
In a world where long drinks are in short supply, it's dangerous to listen to your inner voice.
Those who do, keep it quiet.
But one man listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.
There is a reason why Pilgrim and Lacey must cross paths.
They just don't know it yet . . .
Wow. . . A brilliant debut novel. . . I can't wait for the next book in the series * jacob-reviews-books.blogspot.co.uk * Defender is one of those absolute rarities - a book by a debut author that is genuinely mind-blowing * mikecraven.co.uk * The best dystopian novel I have read for a long time. . . This book made me laugh and cry and was impossible to put down * bookerworm.com * Quite simply an unputdownable page-turner. Seek it out! * booksmonthly.co.uk * Promises to be the start of a wonderful series. A superb debut novel * bluebookballoon.blogspot.co.uk * Post-apocalyptic amazingness -- Gillian McAllister, author of Everything But The Truth G X Todd is not just going to be "The Next Big Thing", she's going to be the benchmark for other "Next Big Things" * ebookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk * Defender is lifted way above the other novels in the over-subscribed post-apocalyptic subgenre by Todd's sympathetic characterisation, and superb pacing * Guardian * Extremely refreshing . . . a brilliant thriller * Starburst magazine * Yes it's dark, violent and blood. Yes there's gore, guns and grief. But there's also friendship, loyalty, fantastic characters and writing that will keep you hooked from the outset. . . This is a series to be really excited about * strupag.com * Defender is a delightfully dark dystopian journey with compelling characters and a provocative plot. Highly recommended * sfbook.com * Highly entertaining . . . Defender portrays a vivid picture of the cruelty of humanity and highlights the destructive power of the mind * thebookbag.com * A rich blend of horror and heart . . . sharp, gruelling and gripping, and we can't wait to explore this harsh world further and see what Todd has to offer us in part two * SciFiNow magazine * Defender is insane, intelligent, beautifully plotted, intensely absorbing and will enfold you in a vice-like grip from the first page until the last sentence * Lizlovesbooks.com * It's not often you read a debut this assured, this confident. Defender is simply majestic -- Adam Christopher, author of Made to Kill An incredibly accomplished and impressive debut. The novel is of a piece with Stephen King's The Stand. . . Defender stands head and shoulders above most recent post-apocalyptic offerings * Independent * A chilling vision of a world gone feral, yet strangely triumphant. You can taste the dust and blood and sweat; the fear on every page. Readers should approach with caution, those voices will burrow into your head and heart -- Karen Maitland So accomplished that it's difficult to believe it's a first novel, Defender is already worthy to take its place alongside The Stand in the canon. An absolute gem of a book -- John Connolly Compelling, suspenseful, and altogether extraordinary. You won't forget this one in a hurry -- Lee Child
G X Todd is a librarian from the West Midlands. Since completing a history degree at Birmingham University, she has worked for public libraries for more than a decade and currently holds an HGV licence because she drives a 35-foot-long library van around the borough.Defender is her first novel and the first in a four-part series featuring Pilgrim and Lacey.