Today I am thrilled to be shining the spotlight and sharing an extract for No Signal by Jem Tugwell. This is released on the 4th of June published by Serpentine Books.
No Signal by Jem Tugwell
Release Date: 4th of June 2020
Print Length: 308 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
Publisher: Serpentine Books
Can a game change the world?
The Ten are chosen – they are reckless, driven and strong.
They are tested. Ten become Four.
In a country where everyone is tracked, how can the Four hide from the police?
DI Clive Lussac hates the system that controls everything, but he’s ill and it’s helping him. He must decide: conform or fight.
As Clive’s world unravels, he and his partners DC Ava Miller and DS Zoe Jordan can’t believe the entry price to the game.
They strive to answer the real questions.
Why does the ultimate Augmented Reality game have four different finishes?
And how is a simple game wrapped up in politics, religion and the environment?
The iMe series blends pacy thrillers with highly plausible science fiction. If you love the of pace of Lee Child and the vision of Orwell’s 1984 or Black Mirror, then this series is perfect for you.
No Signal Extract
Serge pushed the barrel of the gun hard into Antoine’s cheek, forcing his head to turn towards the corner of the room. Towards Antoine’s girls. Towards their fear.
Marie had little Sadie enveloped in her arms as if her will alone could deflect a bullet. Her stare blazed back at him: How could you put us in this danger? Little Sadie’s wide eyes tore a hole straight through him: Yes, Daddy, how?
Antoine’s shoulders slumped in shame. This was all his fault. His fingers were slick on the joystick, his grip not as light and controlled as normal. Today he needed to be better than normal. He needed to be perfect. The pressure from the gun released and he turned back to the screen. He wished he was in another long session on a game where losing a life simply meant starting again and doing better. But this was real.
Saliva flooded his mouth and Antoine swallowed. He tried to shake his head clear of everything except his joystick and the screen in front of him that showed the image from the drone he was piloting.
He couldn’t let his girls pay for his stupid mistakes.
The timer at the bottom of the screen showed one minute to the coastline, and the black waves of the English Channel flashed under the drone as it skimmed only a metre above the water. He nudged the joystick in his right hand to correct for a gust of wind, but his movement was clumsy and the drone almost touched the sea.
Serge stifled a cry and leaned in. His breathing sounded like it had a distant rattle, as if something small was trapped in his lungs and vibrated with each breath. With a sour tobacco cough, Serge controlled his laboured breathing and said, ‘Careful. Don’t cause me more delays.’
Antoine risked shooting another glance towards his girls. Marie was sobbing and kissing Sadie’s head, whispering to comfort her. Each sob scratched a deeper wound. Saving them was everything.
Antoine brought his fingers to his shoulder and wiped his fear onto his shirt. Hand back on the joystick, he repeated the movement to dry his other hand.
His grip was better now – his control more precise. He tried to shrug some of the tension out of his shoulders. At least tonight the sky was clear, and the water was calm. No waves to snatch his drone like last time. No defence drone to shoot him down too soon. No pilot error.
No Signal Buy Links
Amazon UK : https://amzn.to/3ddgY8j
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Goodreads link : https://bit.ly/2WbnhSN
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Lets Get to Know Jem
Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University.
NO SIGNAL is the second book in the iMe series and follows his thrilling debut novel PROXIMITY.
Jem is inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. In a past life, Jem had a successful career in technology and investment management, and he lives in Surrey with his wife and dog. He has two great children. Outside of his family and writing, Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes.
Please visit Jem’s website (www.jemtugwell.com) to read more.
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