Book Review: A Very English Revolution by S.G. Norris

Amazon summary
Joe Barker a journalist receives a message from a long forgotten girlfriend. When Joe replies he discovers Jenny has been killed in a tragic accident. He returns to Manchester to attend the funeral, where he finds Jenny’s younger sister Sarah and a mystery connecting a thirty year old body to the rise of a new pressure group reasserting the Christian faith on an apathetic nation. Convinced that Jenny’s death may not have been an accident Joe and Sarah question why someone might not want the story told.
Across the Pennines in Leeds, a bi-election opens an opportunity for Lucy Sayers, a radical new-look nationalist candidate to win a seat in parliament. Rachel Lancaster, a legal researcher skilled in exposing corruption in local institutions, is suspicious of how far Sayers is prepared to go, to win.
A terrifying incident tears open the social and political fabric of multi-cultural Leeds. The dramatic fallout plummet’s Joe and Rachel into the firing line, now the only ones who can see the real story and stop the unthinkable from happening.
A thrilling fictional story of murder, betrayal, and corruption in its own right but also a stark warning of how the realities of the immigration debate, could plunge the UK into a dangerous revolution.

My review
Like any good political thriller, A Very English Revolution has a dozen characters to keep up with. I was almost halfway through the book before I could keep everyone straight. I’m easily confused, though, so that doesn’t mean much. I was almost glad when a character was killed. That was one less person to keep track of. Horrible, I know, but it’s not a book, not real life, so I think I’m okay.

I wasn’t surprised to find that people are the same all over the world and that corruption is also everywhere, but I hadn’t realized that England is dealing with immigration issues similar to those here in the U.S. Apparently, who and how much is a hot button issue all over the world. When S.G. first asked me to review the book, I asked if I would need to be knowledgeable about British politics. Or even have a clue. Because I don’t. He assured me that I wouldn’t; that this is a universal story that anyone can appreciate.

He was right. A Very English Revolution is full of murder, terrorism, racism, church corruption, and political intrigue. It’s also a well-written story full of secrets that will keep you guessing. And quite possibly looking for a sequel.

About the book
Title: A Very English Revolution
Author: S.G. Norris
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
Release date: Feb 11, 2011
Pages: 342
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review