The first review of In the Wake of the Coup was posted today on Amazon.co.uk (from Amazon.com) by a lovely person by the name of Eddie Nessuno who has given it five stars. – Seriously enjoyable’what if?’ modern political satire.
In an impressive debut novel, Dorothy Bruce transports the reader to Downsouth (sic, not `down south’) where the Civil Servants have just staged a coup, no longer content to remain backroom boys in a country flapping about like a beached flounder after a series of weak coalition governments (remind you of somewhere?). The Anglish (as in `Angleterre’) have ceded independence to Caledon (as in the Caledonian Society of Gastroenterology of which I was once a member). Here the politicos still run the country in a democratic fashion unlike the Powers That Be in Power City (think Big Ben). Water, publically owned, is a major boost to Caledon’s economy. McTavish from Caledon and Ludmilla from Downsouth (the romance interest) are drawn into this scenario via the Caledon Water Project… and thence into a tale of political intrigue and shenanigans, murder and disappearances. Well-written and, in view of the contemporary political climate spanning the UK (and some of the issues are relevant outwith the `sceptred isle’), thought-provoking. There are some colourful characters, and, although the story has a comfortable ending, the reader is given space to wonder what happens next. The most chilling part (even more so than the murder of an innocent young woman) is the post-script: a true revelation of something involving England and Scotland in the nineteen eighties.
You can check it out here – http://tinyurl.com/nd6s486